Welcome to our home! Well, kind of. I’ve been telling you guys for a while that I am going to do a home tour series on my blog, so I’m very excited that the series officially starts today! Yay! It would be way too long of a post to show you every room and explain every detail at once, so I’m gonna break it out into a series of 7 posts and write about one room every week. We are really proud of this home and excited to share with all of you.
I’ve decided to start off the series with our family room since it’s really the heart of our home and where we spend the majority of our time. Most people say the kitchen is the heart of the home but let’s face it, when you have a newborn and a two-year-old you’re not spending a ton of time cooking, so most of my time is spent on my couch nursing my son and trying to distract/occupy my daughter. Ha! So I figured, why not invite you all into our home by showing you the space where we are really learning to become a family of four.
Before I get into all the details, I want to thank one person. Our designer Veronica Valencia! We truly couldn’t have done any of this without her! You guys know that I love fashion and putting outfits together, but when it comes to putting together furniture in a room I have no idea what I’m doing! And that’s the truth! Can I design a room? Yeah, maybe one room if I have a ton of time and the ability to buy things and send them back when they don’t work. But it takes a true skill set to see a whole home and be able to furnish it from top to bottom and really see a cohesive vision throughout the space. And that’s exactly what Veronica did for us! There is definitely a cohesive theme as you go throughout the house and you’ll see that in the weeks to come as we share each space. Designing this home with Veronica has been a truly special experience since not only did I have give birth to Riley in that time, but she and her husband Kris found out they were pregnant with their first little one! I don’t know, something about building and putting together a space where our family will grow while we’re both quite literally growing our own families feels poetic to me. And as any woman out there who has been pregnant knows, the first trimester can be no fun with all that morning sickness and exhaustion. And the third trimester, especially the last 4 weeks is, well… I don’t even need to tell you because we all know how that is! Ha! So the fact that we finished designing this house while we were each experiencing these things speaks volumes to our relationship and Veronica’s work ethic. I can’t thank her enough. We get to raise our children in the most beautiful home thanks to her creativity, vision and hard work. Oh and I quickly mentioned her husband Kris above and he was also a huge part of putting this home together. He would be here helping us measure windows for window treatments, hanging things as needed, moving furniture and so much more. And really Kris and Veronica are a team both in marriage and in business! So thank you both!
OK, now let’s talk about the space! I want to say this is one of my favorite rooms in the house but I know I’m just gonna end up saying that about every single room! That’s the best part about our house! I literally can’t pick a favorite room because every room is my favorite room!
I really wanted the space to feel cozy and inviting. But, at the same time I wanted a white couch. Ha! And it’s kind of hard to make a space feel that way when a white couch kind of just screams, “don’t come near me with food, wine or anything at all!” But I think that Veronica and I nailed it when we chose this couch and decorated around it for everything to feel more cozy.
First let me talk about the fabric on the couch. This sectional can be customized on Wayfair.com and you can choose from a variety of fabrics (P.S. I’m going to talk more about Wayfair in a minute because they absolutely saved my sanity when we were designing this house). I ended up ordering a few samples before we made a decision so I could see what they looked like in person. In the end we chose the Bevin Natural fabric. If you’re wanting a white couch in your house but worried about it looking dirty over time, I’m telling you this is the perfect fabric! It’s hard for me to explain in words without showing you in person, but it’s a textured fabric that has little bits of natural looking fibers and specs of brown in it. They are so subtle that you can barely see them (so it looks super white) but it makes a huge difference when it comes to how the couch looks after getting a little bit of dirt on it. For example, a purely white couch would look dirty the second our dog Owen jumped up on it. Dogs have dirty paws – that’s just the way it is. If Owen is outside for a while we usually wipe his paws when he comes inside, but at the end of the day he still going to track dirt around. But because of the textured fabric and little bits of brown, the dirt just doesn’t show up – if it’s there at all! I am absolutely obsessed with this couch and the fabric! So much so that we did another couch in our formal living room with the exact same fabric. Which you’ll see at a later date when I share that room on the blog. If you’re at all considering a white couch you should totally order the Bevin Natural fabric from Wayfair to see it in your own home. The samples are free so there’s really nothing to lose!
Behind the couch we have a console table/buffet table. I really love it there because I feel like it gives nice division between the kitchen area and the family room area. I don’t know if you guys can tell from these pictures but our kitchen and family room are really just one big open space. So the console table helps divide the two spaces. Also, when I’m sitting on the couch nursing Riley, it’s easier for me to reach behind me to grab a glass of water instead of reaching down to the coffee table. And any nursing moms out there know that you feel like a camel in desperate need of water when you’re nursing a baby. Ha! It’s comical really. The second Riley latches onto me I feel like I am instantly extremely dehydrated and need water ASAP. I know many of you can totally relate to what I’m saying!
OK, back to design. (I could get sidetracked talking about breastfeeding for hours!) Let me talk a second about Wayfair. You’re going to notice as I write this that we ordered almost everything from their website. You know their jingle “Wayfair you’ve got just what I need!” Well I legitimately found myself singing that while on my computer looking for items for the house! Ha! I’m not even kidding. I chuckle when I think about it now because I was just so giddy over all the amazing stuff they have. Plus when you’re trying to furnish an entire 5-bedroom house all at once, it makes it so much easier when you can find everything in one place. Plus they have idea boards that you can create where it was easy for me and Veronica to favorite items that went on those idea boards and then share them with each other so we could collaborate on what items she was loving and what items I was loving. Plus it was just a great way to see all the items on one page so I could see if they worked together. Because Veronica is a designer it’s easy for her to know that two items will look good in a room together, but my mind just doesn’t work that way. I need to see the items next to each other to decide whether or not I like them together.
So anyway, you’ll see that the majority of everything in our house came from Wayfair.com. Which I’m really happy to share with you guys because that will make it easy for any of you to buy multiple items, if you’re loving them, since they all came from the same place!
We decided to go with a darker blue rug since we went with the white couch. And then we wouldn’t have to be as concerned about little spills and footprints on the rug. We had all white rugs in our last house and they got dirty pretty quickly in high traffic areas. So in this house, since the family room will be a high traffic area, we decided to go with a darker rug. Don’t get me wrong, there are white rugs in other spaces in our house but they are in areas that we don’t spend nearly as much time in. I believe the size of our rug is 10 x 14. And for that big of a size the price is so good!
And again, because the couch is white and really all the walls are white, Veronica and I wanted the other pieces of furniture to contrast off the white. So we went with woodtones for our coffee table, square side table and round side table. All of which are from Wayfair. Unfortunately the coffee table is no longer in stock. But I bet you can find one just like it. The brands that made it can be found HERE.
Now let’s talk a little bit about our built-ins. Veronica was an absolute lifesaver when choosing items to put in our built-ins around the TV. I was absolutely clueless as to what to put in there to make it look designed and not cluttered. Veronica quickly taught me that the key to designing built-ins like this is to choose larger items over smaller items. That’s just something I never would’ve realized or thought of! And after she told me that, I was actually able to help out by researching and picking out some of the items myself.
Veronica also told me that one of the key items when decorating a space like this is decorative books! Another thing I never would’ve thought of. But man did they make such a difference! We ended up getting ours from an Etsy shop called Book Bundle Lane and they are perfect. Check out their shop HERE, and you’ll see that they have all different kinds of decorative books. For our family room, we mostly went with all white and all navy books for the built-ins. But we sprinkled in some neutral colored books with French writing on them which I just think are so pretty! We also got these brick book ends that are great for not only using as bookends, but we left ours tied together with the twine as a decorative piece. The quality of the books is so great and you really can’t beat the prices! We got these blush/pink books with French script on them for Molly’s room, so check them out for a sneak peek of what you can expect in her room!
Instead of talking about every piece we ordered for our built-ins I figured I would just put thumbnail versions of some of the items below. Click on the item to shop it!
I absolutely want to talk about the oversized table lamps in the room behind the couch. Veronica chose these lamps and when they arrived to the house I was honestly shocked at how big they were! My initial reaction was “these are way too big! They won’t work!” But once we had them set up in the home I could not love them more! Again, this is just one of the many reasons that Veronica is such an incredible designer. She’s able to pick things that I don’t even know I like until I see them in the house! If I was walking in the store and saw the lamps I honestly would’ve walked right by them and now they are two of my favorite items in the entire house! They’re really great if you have a large space or high ceilings. The ceilings in our house are 13 feet which is really high and it can be difficult to find items that don’t look dwarfed in the space. These table lamps gave us some height in the room which we desperately needed. And they’re just so grand and gorgeous looking! Oh and the farmhouse tin next to one of the lamps with the faux olive branches in it is just a cute detail that gave the space more of a farmhouse feel, which is something I really wanted. I can’t recommend these faux olive branches enough! They add little touches of green throughout our house without the maintenance of a real plant. Which by the way, we did buy a few real plants for the house and almost all of them are already dead because I suck at keeping house plants alive! Ha! So I highly recommend faux plants which we used a lot of throughout the house as well.
Oh and the pillows on our couch totally pull the entire space together! This was another Etsy find! I got them from a shop called Pillow Time Girls. The quality and construction of these pillow shams is absolutely superb and the quality of the fabric is just dreamy! It’s so important to me to have super comfortable pillows on our family room couch because we spent so much time there. So we ended up getting the navy velvet pillow shams and this blue medallion print. I’m not exactly sure what a standard size throw pillow is but I believe it’s 20“ x 20“. However, given the large space and our large sectional couch we wanted to go with bigger pillows. So we got 24“ x 24“ throw pillows. That’s another great thing about the Pillow Time Girls Etsy shop. They make each pillow sham to order so you can get the right size to suit your space.
The sheep stool, armchair, and storage ottomans are also all from Wayfair. Many of you have asked, after watching my Instagram story, how we keep our house so tidy with a two-year-old and an infant. Well the truth is, it’s not always tidy! Our house gets messy just like anybody else’s. But I will say that these storage ottomans are a huge help for keeping the clutter down in our house. The top of them comes off and we use them to store all of Molly’s toys that she likes to play with in the family room. She does have her own separate play area, that I will also feature in this home tour series at some point in the next few weeks, but ultimately a lot of those toys end up in the family room since that’s where we spend most of our time. So when she goes down for her nap we quickly toss all her toys in the storage ottomans. And then we do the same thing once again when she goes to bed at the end of the day. It literally takes all of two minutes and having our space clutter free makes us feel less stressed. I actually believe there’s been studies done that show if your space is less cluttered you won’t feel as stressed out. And we definitely find that to be true for us! And the storage ottomans double as extra seating when we have a lot of guests over. So we absolutely love them and I couldn’t recommend them more for your home.
The last thing I want to mention, because I know you guys will probably ask about it, is the clock in our family room. I wish this was something that I could give you guys a link to, but Veronica bought it at an antique market here in Los Angeles. So I guess you could say it’s one-of-a-kind! But you might’ve seen the white clock in the photo below ( it’s in our stairway) in one of my Instagram stories. We got the white clock from an Etsy shop called West Warren Clocks. They make a bunch of different styles of clocks that you can see in their shop, and I bet they can make you one super similar to the one in our family room. And I can vouch for the quality of their clocks since we have one in our home and it’s one of our favorite pieces!
Oh this is actually the last thing. The white throw blanket on our couch is just DREAMY! Once again, it was an Etsy find. I got it from a shop called Becozi. Her blankets are the best quality and this particular one I like to call my “blogger blanket” because it looks so good in photos. It’s just a total bonus that it’s super comfy to snuggle up with on the couch. The size I got for my couch is 50X60, but you can order a bunch of different sizes.
And you know I can’t sign off without giving you guys details on my outfit. My top is great for breastfeeding which I am obviously still doing a TON of. And I just think it’s super flattering. Plus the navy blue went with my house so it was perfect to wear for this home tour 🙂 And because of the tie front I wore it with a pair of high waisted jeans. We took these photos when Riley was only 2-weeks-old so I definitely think this outfit was flattering on me when I didn’t necessarily feel my best.
OK well I think that’s the bulk of everything in the room! If you guys have any other questions for me please leave them in the comments below. And in general just let me know what your favorite pieces are! I’ve been waiting for so long to share the space with you guys and I’m dying to know what you all think! And let me know what room you’d like me to feature next in this home tour series. Our bedroom? Molly‘s room? Our dining room? Molly’s play area? Formal living room? My office? I want to know what you guys are most eager to see!