Apr 27

Empty Nester Update

I never get tired of looking at pictures of my children.  I bet you don’t either! But at some point, all of those pictures, showing the kids at every stage of growing up…. birthdays, school, sports, vacations, proms, graduations, weddings, grandchildren, pets and on and on and on….become, well, just a little TOO much!

Such was the case in my lovely client’s home.  Her grown up family is a large and extended one, and the pictures were everywhere.   Enough, she said!  Let’s edit a little, clean up this place and decorate.

Family room before

We decided to start with a family picture wall in her hall way.  Keeping a selection of favorite pictures on one large wall of a home just makes sense.  It’s fun when you can compare, notice similarities ( wow…Sally really does look like Julie did at that age….) and enjoy changes. Everything is in one place and can be updated as time goes on.

All the best

Now, to the family room.  Out went old pillows, rugs, art, lighting…all in bad condition and from another era.  The walls were painted, the carpet cleaned, and new window coverings ordered. (yet to arrive in this photo)

A blank slate

The furniture was pushed into a more inviting arrangement, conducive to both conversation and TV viewing.  In came art, lighting, pillows and throws, a rug, and a selection of fun new pieces to mix with some of her old things to create pretty vignettes around the room.

New lightning and accessories

She didn’t want fancy or even elegant…just warm, comfortable, colorful.

Color on the mantel

Something beautiful to look at, besides family photos.

Coffee table vignette

The final product!

Ready to enjoy!

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