Home Sweet Home: Family Room 2013

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Home Sweet Home: Our Family Room


{Since this post is so incredibly image heavy, I’ve split it into a few pages to help with loading speed. You’ll see the page numbers at the bottom to click for the next page.}

The before was quite nice, I confess, but being who I am, it just didn’t cut the mustard…


This room… this room is most definitely hodge-podge, as we Southerners like to say…

Greyhound Side Table from The Bold Abode

It’s a little bit Valdosta, GA.

Greyhound Side Table at The Bold Abode

A little bit curbside pick-up…

Stenciled Coffee Table

A little bit wedding gift…

Silver Bowl on Stenciled Coffee Table

A little bit Rustburg, VA…

Freecycle Dresser

Freecycle dresser…  Love the after.  The before got lost both in my camera and my mind.

{Thank you, Cassie, oh painted furniture guru, for the advice}

Dresser as a Sofa Table

But this one is a sturdy fellow and very well-made…

Thick Sturdy Wood Drawers

Although I mostly am feet-phobic, he does have some swoon-worthy feet….

Med Dresser Foot at The Bold Abode

Wonder if Savvy Southern Style has a furniture foot fetish, too…

I’m lacking a bit on the accessory front, but this lovely couple is a highlight in my life…

Basket of Photo Books

And who wouldn’t want George Clooney as their father and Vivian Lee as their mother?

Beaded Lamp Shade

Here we have a bit of Richmond, Va… Sparkley..  Though I do have some plans to un-grandma the shades a bit…

Copy Paper Wreath above the Mantle

And Christmas?  She’s still poking around here on the mantle…

Copy Paper Wreath Right View

Anything that takes that long to make is required to reciprocate.  That copy-paper wreath is staying for a while.

But I’m a fan of drama, so we’ve made it work.

Hand-carved Wooden Candlestick

When it comes to sentimentality and stuff, I’m no hoarder.  But there are some things… and I’m never parting with these hand-turned wooden candlesticks from my Great-Grandpappy…

Handmade Wooden Candle Sticks

Wax and all…

Message on some Coke Bottles

What is it with Glass Coke Bottles?  They speak to the soul, don’t they?

And these are speaking to my children.  Let’s all hold hands and sing Kum-bay-ya, please.

left side of the family room
Over here on the left, we have a little Bainbridge, GA.  Have I mentioned my love of furniture auctions?

A Drum Table at The Bold Abode

Oh, you sexy drum table you…

Drum Table at The Bold Abode

You spin me round, round, baby…

White Owl with Vintage Box from Primitive and Proper

Here we have a little bit of Maryland.  And a little bit of Cassie…  Mwuah.

Circle Skirt Lamp Shade

A yard sale lamp with a flirty circle-skirt shade from Lynchburg…

Right Side of Family Room at The Bold Abode

Her sister is right over here on the right…

Hand-crafted Side Table at The Bold Abode

Atop another hand-me down from Great Grandpappy…

Cross-stich of our Black Lab HotShot

Not much to see here except a stunning hand-stitched portrait of the couch-eater.

The third couch the dog ate

<aside>No. Seriously.  This happened the other day and I flipped a flip.  Third couch in seven years.  Not funny, yo. </aside>

Anyhoo, that Vivain Lee sure can cross-stitch can’t she.

Love you, Mom.


My mom is a real angel…

Cruved Cornice at The Bold Abode

I dreamed a dream of long white Silk Dupioni Drapes, smocked in pearl beads…

For now we’re rockin’ some $5 White Cornices from the ReStore.

Same difference, right?

Ah…Home Sweet Home…

The Bold Abode TV Armoire

Carved Oak sideboard + Auction + TV + Embroidered Fabric = Heaven

Vintage Quilt

Poor Morgan.  He just doesn’t get the Quilt on a Ladder thing.

He talked me out of the 6ft wooden ladder, and this is what I got instead.

I’ll never listen to him again.  Ear-plugs inserted.

Vintage Quilt at The Bold Abode

Vintage Quilt from Great-Aunt Isabelle… or Ikey as we knew her.

Aren’t the pieces of fabric amazing?

Blue Circles Vintage FabricBrown and White Vintage FabricGreen and Blue Polka Dot Vintage FabricVintage Quilt Yellow and Blue Fabric

It’s almost shredded.  It’s one of those quilts that is so soft you want to live in it.  And I did…but the fun is beyond over.

So now, it stays on display, {holes strategically hidden}  to remind me of those cold winter nights, curled up in Oxford, drinking Sleepy Time Tea and watching Rachel and Ross fall in and out of love.  Sigh.


So, yes.  It’s a bit Hodge-podge.  And it needs some work.  Some chairs need recovering and some art needs creating and some walls need decorating…

And some money needs making to keep buying those couches that HotShot so loves to eat…

Playing X Box at The Bold Abode

But it’s our home and it’s where we do our living…

And killing of the aliens…

Can’t have aliens walking around at The Bold Abode now, can we?

So, what do you say about our Home Sweet Home Family Room? Am I off to a decent start?

Paint Color: Moody Blue by Sherwin Williams


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  1. Dear BOLD girl,

    These photos are amazing! I am proud to call you my friend. Keep creating you are my inspiration…. ….not to mention the ideas I get about how to tune out the husband. 😉 Rock on! <3

    1. Thank you so much, Laura!

      I have to tune Morgan out all the time… I’m sure he doesn’t appreciate it too much, but what’s a girl to do???

      1. Hi Gwen! I am in love with your home…your spirit and the eclectic furnishings and finishes you have! I too love to shop in second-hand stores as you find such wonderful pieces you can recreate and bring back to life with a little paint or stain! I look forward to the transformation of your home and the crafty ideas you come up with! Good luck with everything…Sandra xoxo

  2. Hi! I love the family room and am partial to that way cool dresser. That combo of white and wood on mid century pieces is just what the doctor ordered for them. I’m delivering a monster sized mid century credenza this week that was painted in a similar way and it’s just right. I also like your greenish-yellow in the background of one of your pictures!

    1. Wow, Martha. Thank you so much.

      I’m totally in love with Mid-century. It was a thrilling day when i scored that lovely dresser!

      That green is Pear Green from Benjamin Moore. It makes me happy…

  3. OK, first of all, I didn’t get a chance to come see your new blog design the other day! It’s stunning! STUNNING! I love the color and the fonts and the everything! Also, it’s so fun that it matches your family room. 🙂 Oh, that quilt! I totally have a quilt thing too and that one is a beaut!

    1. Thank you, thank you, Courtenay! I’m really pleased with it…finally!

      I totally used the same hex color as my paint. I wanted it to flow with my home, and most of it is painted in that Moody Blue. I’m thrilled that you noticed!

      I do so love vintage quilts! They’re soooooo soft!

  4. Love!!! Those little drum tables are oh so sexy. And your wreath…definitely looks like a year-round wreath. It’s too pretty to take down!! Have I mentioned I love your new blog design??

    1. Thank you, Jannellie! I feel like I’ve got my big-girl bloggy pants on now… finally!

      And that wreath? I just couldn’t take it down, and I’m so glad I didn’t.

  5. it looks SO good, gwen! i love the blues and golds you have, and it’s so relaxing and inviting! love your wreath, too! 🙂

    1. Thank you, my friend! I can’t believe it took so long to get up the courage to do this, but I’m in it now!

  6. Great pics Gwen and your new web design is Epicsauce! Your web and blog design talents never cease to amaze me friend! Love that dresser – what a focal point piece! Love your living room!

    1. Thank you, Heather! I’m so happy with it, girl…

      And you just made my jaw drop! Design talents??? Thank you! I was so nervous to post this… I can’t even begin to say!

  7. I love your color scheme, Gwen! I’m definitely doing blue in my next house, it’s such a pretty shade you have there. You did an excellent job of blending old with new.

  8. I’d say you’re off to a GREAT start Gwen! Your home looks so warm and cozy and I really love the auction pieces (not to mention your freecycle score!)

    1. Thank you, Jill! It really is a process, isn’t it? And I have so much I want to do… but you know allllll about that, right?

  9. Are you off to a good start? Well I’ll say! Think my fav is sideboard, and now if you could just figure out how to banish couch eating dogs like you did aliens, you’d really be on to something.


    1. Thank you, Bliss! I am still pinching myself over that sideboard!

      Oh, how I wish I could banish that couch eating dog… he’s on my list for sure!!!

  10. I love it! Decorating with bits and pieces is the best, because it’s all stuff that’s meaningful. 🙂 And yes, I love coke bottles! But I’ve only ever found glass ones in Mexico…so it’s not the easiest craft supply I suppose.

    1. Thank you, Jessi! I find them at Target, usually during the holidays. The kids LOVE them!

  11. I think I am moving in… yep I am!! I love this space!

  12. Well, that is my favorite type of decorating. Wouldn’t be as fun if you said it all came from Pottery Barn! I love what you’ve done.

    1. I agree, Starr… there is something about having an eclectic collection to really be personal, isn’t there?

      Thank you so very, much!

    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! I’ve been so incredibly happy with the blue… It took 6 samples pots, but it was worth it!

        1. Hi Suzanne! The paint color in our family room is called Moody Blue and its by Sherwin Wiliams.

    1. Thanks, mah girl! I think I just might do it… but it needs to come up a few inches. I decided that after I spent two hours photographic this room! Haha…

    1. Oh, my gosh! Thank you, Jacque!

      You might change your mind once you get here with screaming boys and a dog that like to nibble on new people! Hahaha!!!

      You’re welcome, anytime…

  13. First of all, I love coming here. It’s happy. Second, I think your room is awesome! The lamps in front of the windows are perfect. I’ve wanted one of those quilt ladders for a long time for my grain sacks. I think it’s wonderful especially since the quilt is an heirloom. So cool. <3

    1. Thank you so much, Ann!

      You definitely need to get a ladder for you grain sacks! That would be gorgeous!

    1. Thank you, Jane! Thank means so much to me!

      I can’t believe I scored that dresser… I keep pinching myself!

  14. I love your warm, personal touches…the ladder and quilt add so much (sorry, Morgan!) as do your quirky little happenings. I enjoy your home because it’s very representative of who you are. Warm and quirky! What’s not to love?
    So, so happy that you are back!

    1. Thank you, girl! I know… I totally ignore him these days!

      You always make me smile… that’s worth more than I can every say!

  15. Great room! I love salvaging old furniture and turning it into something that fits in with our decor. I picked up a free cabinet beside the road and doctored it up. My hubby might have thought I was having a moment of insanity – until it was finished and fit perfectly in our living room 🙂

    1. Thank you, Eileen! My husband constantly thinks I’m nuts, but I ignore it, too!

      Thanks for taking time to comment!

  16. I have a fetish with that fabulous free dresser! She’s a beauty!

  17. Your room is gorgeous! LOVE that paper wreath! I need to figure out how to make one of my own now. Stopping by from FLT.

    1. Thank you Becka! It wasn’t hard at all… you just create cones our of paper and glue them all around your form. I used that grey pipe insulation and duck-taped it into a circle. It wasn’t a very difficult or time-consuming project. Go for it!

  18. Your family room is very lovely! I adore the wall color! I painted our Living Room in a similar but lighter color a year ago and just love how fresh and relaxing it feels!

    1. Thank you, Selene! Isn’t the blue so refreshing and calm! I’ve been so uber happy with it. I know you are with yours, too…

    1. Thank you so much, Aimee! I tell ya, I don’t know how many more couches I can go through! But we love him none-the-less… poor baby has ear issues and chews and chews and chews!!!

      And, girl… I’m so happy to be found!!!

  19. Love your HOME SWEET HOME!! Beautiful everything!! I was just telling the mom’s group at church about your cool living room!! 🙂 I especially like the wreath…wow. How long did that take to make? love your blog, Gwen!! hugs…

    1. Oh, Thank you Holly! You’re such a sweetie! The wreath didn’t take that long, maybe a couple of hours or so? I did it right before Christmas for Christmas and couldn’t take it down. Now, I’m glad I kept it up.

  20. The room looks great! And that dresser….gurl fab.U.lous 🙂

    And that little side tray table…love! I want it.

  21. I love so many things about this room! That dresser is one of them for sure…and the lamp shades, and the coffee table…..

    Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

  22. I love what you have done with this room. The colors are great and it is very warm and inviting. Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  23. Those tables are to die for. And the quilt is amazing!!! What a beautiful room!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Kim @ Two Ten
    popping in from TT&J Link Party

  24. Your living room is so inspiring….what is the paint color on the walls…I want to do the same for ours!!!

    1. Thank you, Erin…so much!

      I used Moody Blue by Sherwin Williams… it’s true to it’s name b/c sometimes it’s more blue/gray and sometimes is a tad bit teal green! But I’ve loved it so very much…

      1. Thank you so much!! I can not wait to be in my new house and all the fun paint colors!! Thank you greatly for your room, totally inspired us!!

        1. Oh, gosh, Erin! You’re so welcome!

          And when you get it painted, I’d LOVE to see a picture!

    1. Thank you, Susan. I just rolled copy paper up and glued it to a giant wreath form I made from insulation tubing. Easy peasy!

      1. Thank you Gwen for your speedy reply. Must confess, I am not that crafty, do you have How-To instructions?What is the length of your tubing. Elmer’s glue or hot glue for paper? Also how did you hang it?
        Would love to do it in gilded gold. (Spray paint?)
        Can’t wait to try it. Will send pics when finished.

        1. I don’t, Susan. I actually never put together a post on that project. I’m sure if you google, Book Page Wreath, you will find a how to!

          I hung it by wrapping a little wire around the tubing and twisting it to make a loop. Then just hang it on a command strip or nail!

          I think gilded would be awesome.



  25. I think you have done a wonderful job! Most of all I think your heart is in the right place. Your focus on making your home warm and inviting is the most important ingredient in any decisions you make about what to bring into your home. We’ve all seen pictures of expensively decorated “living” rooms that were absolutely un-livable! My favorite piece is the repurposed dresser! Great idea for a sofa back table and you gain storage. Can’t wait to see more.

    1. Thank you, Jane! I’m working on a big family room update right now. We switched the dining room and family room a couple of months ago, so things are really different!



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