Home Tour: Living Room


I promised you a home tour, so here we go! I want to kick things off in the heart of my home, the living room. This room wears a lot of hats; it’s where we play hide and seek as a family, watch Sunday football and morning cartoons, it’s where I unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine (and become a vegetable while watching trash T.V.), where my daughter and I have dance parties when Daddy’s at work, and on occasion, where my husband and I eat dinner when it’s just the two of us. This is the most “loved” room in my home.

There are a few additions that I’d like to make to this room. A large area rug in a neutral color, with a greek key border, would be at the top of my list. We had a cowhide rug, but our dog would run into the living room so fast that no matter what pad I used, she would slide across the room taking the rug with her. A pair of velvety x-benches on either side of the living room table would be second on the list. I love the structure that x-benches lend, and they provide extra seating (or foot rests) when needed.

Alright, enough chit-chat, here’s my living room:









mantle2 (Photos By Samantha Hawes)

I’ll share pictures of my media wall/bookcase soon. It is currently under decor-renovation. :-)

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Bar Styling

Every couple of months I play a little game that I like to call “musical furniture”, where I switch out side tables, art, lamps, etc, and try to breathe new life into a space without spending a lot (or any) money. My husband hates doesn’t love this game as much as I do. He becomes my heavy lifter and handy man, and is asked “what do you think of this?” about a thousand times. So last weekend, against his pleading, I decided that our dining room needed a facelift. The room has been in a sad state, with a half finished gallery wall, and I just wasn’t feeling inspired by the direction I had initially taken with it. Well what better way to make a room more inviting than adding some booze! Am I right?

I did some research on Pinterest and found these little beauties:


I love all the black & gold, and the sophisticated, glamorous look.


This bar has a much more laid back, fun, summertime feel. The striped paper straws really add a punch of whimsy. Via

Wow! This last bar makes a statement, especially with the funky Jonathan Adler “Uppers” jar, and the pink and chevron chair. This bar screams “I’m a party animal!”

There seems to be an easily replicated trend with these bars:

-Touches of black & gold

-Trays to group the liquors



Ok, I have all of the above, so I’m sold. I want a bar. I NEED a bar. Musical Furniture time.

I moved a media cabinet from our upstairs living room/playroom, and styled it into this:

bar What do you think? I added plenty of black & gold, I used a fun tray to group my liquor and glasses, added some striped paper straws, cookbooks, and flowers.

This perfect fall & winter drink should make my husband happy that we have a bar during the cooler months too. :-)

Spiked Apple Cider:

1/4 gallon apple cider
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cut into large chunks
1/2 lemon, juiced
Mix together the cider, rum, and schnapps in a large pitcher. Add the apples to a small bowl and toss them with the lemon juice. Thread the diced apples onto skewers. Pour the spiked cider into glasses filled with ice, then garnish with an apple skewer and serve.

Recipe Via



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