Living It Up!

So how was your Labor Day?  I'm officially starting the campaign for a 3 day weekend at least once a month - who's with me?

Our Labour Day weekend meant having friends over for the first college football game of the season.  And that also meant we had a massive tidy - so I quickly whizzed round and snapped some shots while the place was looking halfway decent.  I've shown you bits and pieces of this room recently, so I thought it was about time we had a look at how everything has come together.

So here is where it all started - our hot dog family room (mustard and ketchup!) we inherited from the previous owners:

And here it is now.

My favorite piece in the whole room is the DIY Union Jack coffee table.  See more of it's journey from $30 craigslist find HERE.  Here's a little snap shot of the before/after:

And here it is front and center in our family room.  I bought two big baskets from HomeGoods to go underneath and it's worked out great for storing magazines.

My triangle paint chip art is going strong.  More on that freebie art HERE.  We're still rocking the hand me down sofas, but maybe next year we'll upgrade and pick something more our style.  Until then, I'm disguising the 80's style lumps and bumps with pillows and a strategic throw.  Sometimes you just have to work with what ya got!

Our crafty desk (made from wire shelving, cardboard and contact paper) is nestled next to the french doors.  Taking thrifty to whole new level!  Find more details on that transformation HERE.

Our mantle is a springy little treat, and I just love the pops of pink against the teal walls.  I really don't change it much from season to season so it'll probably stay like this until Christmas.  It's a mixture of high street and flea mall and thrift shop. 

The little 'love' is a Christmas decoration and the glass owl is vintage Blenko.

I'm still loving our JC Penney floor lamp.  I'm telling you, JC Penney wins every time for budget friendly modern lamps.

And there you have it :-)  I finally feel like it's starting to come together and is a room we love to spend time in - which is really all you can ask for.