Fall nesting updates around the house

October 13, 2014

I’ve actually been tackling some little projects recently – including a LOT of cleaning and organizing. Our home has felt like a mess even weeks after the construction in the family room was completed. So I’ve been addressing the piles o’ crap everywhere and finishing up small projects along the way.

I’ve been planning to paint this mirror frame for weeks now:

board and batten walls

I went back and forth on a color and actually started painting it a brick red color – which would look GREAT for fall. But I quickly realized come spring and summer that the color would feel really off in this room.

I don’t want to add too much more gray to this room but I felt like it needed some balancing out – so I went with gray. ;) It really feels right with that color on the fireplace across the room too.

I LOVE how it looks with the finish on that table, the white walls and the green lamps:

world market foyer table It’s cloudy and dark here today, hence the darker photos. You’ll see I also finished up that little bit of trim on the board and batten. The trim that’s still not painted. :) But at least it’s all done and ready for paint.

By the way, I framed out that mirror myself years ago. It used to live in the chocolate brown dining room and you can see how I made it here.

A wall in the old office has been without the top trim since July – I finally got that replaced (we saved a lot of the old trim so I just reused what I had for most of it). It still needs painting as well – do you sense a pattern here? But I got some art up on one wall that is done:

board and batten walls @thriftydecorchick

Which totally makes me feel like I’m getting to the home stretch in this room! Hanging stuff signifies (almost) completion to me. :)

I focused on the upstairs too and changed up the decor on the bedroom mantel to warm it up a bit:

gray and green mosiac tile surround on fireplace

Those walls STILL haven’t been painted to go with the new dark gray wall – but I do love that gray/green color for fall. It feels very cozy! I also cleaned the gas fireplace glass in preparation for the colder months. Today we’re supposed to have an unusually warm day but after that it’s going to get chilly for good.

And speaking of fireplaces – when I shared the new completed one in the family room a couple weeks ago some of you suggested painting the crown molding at the top. You were so right and I seriously stared at it every. single. day. wanting that white gone.

It finally bugged me so much I got up on the ladder late last night while I watched Revenge and got it painted to match the rest of the fireplace:

gray painted fireplace @thriftydecorchick

Ahhhh. SO much better. Now I can quit twitching. :)

Today my goal is to get the garage cleaned out so I can actually reach the rest of our fall decor. The boy is begging for some Halloween so I must comply.

It feels SO good to get little projects like these done! I’m really wanting to focus on some other areas of the house but my goal is to get the family room done this week – I’m going to make it happen!! I LOVE this time of year – fluffing, cleaning, getting ready to host family and friends and warming up the house. I’m one of those weirdos that actually enjoys the colder months. (Until about February or so.)

Have you done anything around the house to prep for fall and winter? I can’t believe it but I’m already starting to think about the holidays – every year I’m determined not to be rushing around and every year I’m rushing around. We’ll see if this year is any different. :)

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  1. Good call on the mirror paint. It needed to be dark to balance things out and to contrast with the table it's on. Can't tell because we haven't seen the scale of the whole room in wider shots yet, but is the size of your rug still working for you? It seems too close to the fireplace to me. I think a wider area of your pretty bare floors in front of the fireplace would look better balanced, but
    again, I can't see the whole thing. P.S. Sorry about the anonymous comment. It's not letting me comment any other way, although used to.

  2. I like the painted trim at the top of the fireplace, it looks more balanced now.

  3. I love that you painted the molding. It already look gorgeous before, but now it looks even more finished. Great updates!

  4. Ha! I didn't notice before the crown at the top of the fireplace was white. I was too busy ooo-ing and ahh-ing over the rest of it. :) It does look great gray and it finishes it off nicely!! :)

  5. Everything looks great, I especially love the new fireplace. Everything about it is perfect!

  6. where did you get your wooden box thats on your fireplace mantle? I've been looking for one all over!

    1. I made that with basic wood -- http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2011/07/diy-trough-thingy.html It was easy to make!

  7. I would like to know the color of the walls on the photos with the mirror. The color on top. I would like to get something in that color pallet.

    1. It's called Analytical Gray by Sherwin Williams. A nice neutral color!

  8. WOW! I agree painting the molding gray balanced your fireplace.

  9. Do you ever sleep? Or relax? Goodness girl, you are always working it seems. Your home is fantastic, every time I see a post about your home I hurry up to get on that post, just look and soak up all the wonderful things you do in your home. How nice to have a bedroom fireplace, how romantic it can be. Do you have a white bear rug?
    From what I've read of your comments you have lots of happy readers that thoroughly enjoy your blog, me too. Happy Fall

  10. Love it all!! Good job www.justmepunky.blogspot.com


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