so long, dark dungeon of doom

What do you get when you cross a snail, a sloth and a tortoise

covered in molasses???

A home renovation. 🙂

I’m ready for this thing to be done.

Like yesterday. 😉

But…..the light at the end of the tunnel is in my viewfinder.

I’m so psyched for it to be finished.

What keeps me going is how far its come.

Our family room before had lots of challenges.

The top 3 being:

1.  It was DARK. Our house faces north and this room is on the front. The natural light (even with three windows and 2 glass doors) is sparse.

I never, ever, ever go in there during the day because it’s downright depressing.

(Disclaimer…this photo is real-life, not styled.)


2.  Big. Honking. Plaster. Weirdly angled. Fireplace.


3.  Serious furniture arranging limitations. 

Which drove. me. batty. No matter how I arranged it, it looked funky.

Though it’s not finished (the built-in bookcases aren’t in yet, the trim isn’t finished, and it hasn’t been painted)…

The progress is amazing.

This photo was taken yesterday. (The floors aren’t shiny…they are still wet.)


I feel like this whole room just lost 50 pounds.

And rocked some Crest Whitestrips. 😉

It’s so much lighter, brighter and airier.

The danger of moving 14 times in 20 years,

is that you end up with a collection of furniture that doesn’t necessarily “fit” a space.

Ours looked very hodgepodgey.

So I sold everything.

I’m going much lighter and much sparser on furniture and accessories.

My vision for this room is farmhouse fresh meets coastal cozy.

Easy and breezy is the goal.

And rather than following my usual M.O. which is to pick things quickly to fill the space and be done….

Insert Dr. Phil here —> “How’s that working for ya????”

It’s SO not.

That strategy leads to a HomeGoods explosion in the basement.

Lesson learned.

This time? I’m taking my time.

Making very thoughtful selections that I won’t be tired of in three weeks.

I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I have lots of other spaces/progress to show you.

Back soon.

Meanwhile, I’m doing a TGIF happy dance. 🙂

Enjoy your weekend!


17 Responses to so long, dark dungeon of doom

  1. Gina May 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Love it!! I’ve so missed you blgging! I was afraid I might not ever “see” you again!! Looking forward to seeing the rest!! 🙂

  2. Stacey May 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Looks amazing and I agree with Gina….we need to hear from you more often.. 🙂

    • Marianne in Mo. May 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

      Totally agree! Loving the planked walls, but I think we all feel a bit neglected. :-((

  3. Paula May 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m excited to see your “farmhouse meets coastal”… that’s exactly the look I’m going for!!

  4. Catherine B. May 30, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Love getting an update! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the house and the furnishings. It inspires us!

  5. Carol Cook May 30, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    How wonderful to have the room come together. I like your strategy of slow shopping.

  6. Donnamae May 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    I’ve missed you! Welcome back from the long winter! Room is looking good…like your new decorating philosophy. It’ll be fun to see what you do and don’t do! Happy Saturday! 😉

  7. Thistle May 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Totally white strip make-over.

    I love the walls and the bright and the fun.

    You go girl!

    Happy day!

  8. Jan May 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Well hello there long lost blog friend. I have been anxiously awaiting an update on the dungeon. It is looking fabulous. I can’t wait to see all the furnishings and decor. Keep um coming.

  9. Deb @ India pied-a-terre May 31, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    Can’t wait to see it!! LOL, reading this in our own dark dungeon of family room doom. It has a huge window on one end and glass doors on the other but it’s not enough! It’s also north-facing, under big shady trees and the doors lead to a covered sunroom. We gotta lighten the load here too. Been thinking 4 big skylights in the roof will help.

  10. betsy c. May 31, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    I love it – especially the ceiling! Our kitchen/family room space faces north and although there’s a window in the kitchen, glass sliders in the eat-in area, and four windows in the family room, I’m sitting here with the lights on. And it a BRIGHT sunny day right now! In my next house, all rooms will face west 😉

    • betsy c. May 31, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

      Or south or wherever the sun is. haha

  11. Kris June 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    It is looking so great. I know with your talented touches it will be beautiful. I cannot wait to see the outcome. Have a great Sunday and great start to the new week.

  12. Lynne June 2, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    I love the new look! You have such talent! I have missed reading your blog!

  13. Traci June 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Looks great so far. Your words always make me smile. Funny girl. You have beautiful style and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  14. Sally Gee June 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    wow! Can’t wait to see it as it comes along. I hope you continue to show the progress and not make us wait for the end result!

  15. Sherry Hart June 17, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Can’t wait to see your selections!!!

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