Monday, March 7, 2011

Family Room Spring Refresher...

Hi everyone!
Happy Monday to you all!

Jennifer Rizzo is hosting a Refresh Your Room Party for spring!

I thought I would refresh my family room with a newly painted bench and try it out as a coffee table, along with a few greens to lighten and brighten things up. Hopefully this will help to hasten spring along .



I had this old bench that I bought at at the Aberfoyle Antique show a couple of summers ago.




This bench ususally sits by the front door and is supposed to be a place to sit and put your shoes on but everybody sits on the steps and the bench became a great place for putting junk bags on as you come in the door.




This is what the bench looked like before. I had just painted it black and had placed my driftwood keyholder above it since we really weren't using the bench to sit on. I have since moved the driftwood as it wasn't working for me there. You'll see it in my walk-in closet in an upcoming post.
You can see my post on the driftwood keyholder here.

OK back to refreshing my family room! Lol



I've added some lovely hydrangeas in a little ironstone pitcher.



I've also added a few more greens in my bookcase.




Most of you have recently seen my spring mantel which is in my family room too.



I decided to place a couple of baskets under the bench. They make a great place to put Butter's toys. I'm not sure how he feels about this but It's better than having them all over the floor. Now if I can only train him to put them away!




I thought I would try placing one of my driftwood candleholders on the bench and love the look. I don't think it's practical for everyday, but it would be nice on special occassions.




With this candleholder I made the holes a little larger and put little votives in there, some nice plain ones would look great too. You can find the driftwood candleholder tutorial here.




I'm enjoying the lovely glass vases with candles, to me it's simple, clean and fresh.
Not sure what the paint color is as I got it from the oops bin at HD but I love it!




I also freshened thing up by placing some of my favorite waverly linen fabric cushions. I love the blue/green color with the lovely floral pattern. Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows that I change my cushions almost as often as my underwear! Lol.

I hope you all enjoyed my attempt at Refreshing my family room for spring. Maybe you'd like to take a look at some other spring room refreshing over at Jennifer's.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

I'll also be linking up with these ladies this week:

Refreshing our rooms party

Metamorphosis Monday @ BNOTP
SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday's Treasures@ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
White Wednesdays @ Faded Charm
POPP @ Domestically Speaking
Good life Wednesdays @ Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursdays @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Furniture Feature Friday @ MMS


99 comments:

  1. I could stare at this room everyday! Love it! The bench looks great in there and I love the driftwood on top of it. (That would never work in my house with two boys though!) Your colors are so springy - makes me want to redo my whole house!

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  2. Kim it's so fresh and beachy! And I love all the styling - so fun to move things around, try out different looks even though sometimes they're not totally practical - but then again the catalog pics are NEVER pratical right! Good choice for the spring color, gotta love the oops bin.

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  3. You know how much I am loving the fabric on those pillows! The table looks great too. For an "oops" paint, it sure is pretty!

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  4. If you can train Butter to put the toys up please let me know; I'd like to try your method on my husband :D
    I have a similar bench I rescued from my neighbor's curb and painted it red. Aren't they versatile? You're right, they are also targets for catching anything someone wants to get rid of.
    Your house is very nice.
    Debbie

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  5. it looks just gorgeous painted that "blue green" collar! what a facelift! wow..j'adore! :)

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  6. I love the color you painted the bench! It looks so pretty with the floral pillows! Your rooms always look so pretty!

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  7. the bench is perfect for a coffee table and loving the oops color!

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  8. The bench looks perfect in your family room, Kim. I like it both with the driftwood and with the candles. The driftwood candle holder is a piece of art! I have to go back to see how you made it. Your room is beautiful...love the pretty pillows, baskets and greenery. Very spring like!

    XO,
    Janie

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  9. Lovely! I love the bench in your family room! So pretty!

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  10. I love your bench and it's fresh new color. And that fabric on your sofa pillows has been one of my crushes for the longest time!

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  11. Hi Kim-

    I always love what you do. Butter is pretty darn cute. I hope he likes his new toy spot.
    My best- Diane

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  12. Everything looks so fresh, and pretty!I love your painted bench.

    Kathy

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  13. how perfect is that? the color is gorgeous and i LOOOOVE that driftwood candle holder. driftood plus aqua equals looove.

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  14. You really know how to freshen things up! I love the color of the bench with your pillows. I always know I'm in for something good when I come here! Looks great, Kim!

    Oh, and LOL on changing your pillows. I do the same. We need choices, right?! :) Michelle

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  15. So crisp and fresh! I love how functional benches are. Yours makes a great sized coffee table. And the color? LOVE!
    Barb

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  16. Your home is so refreshing and strikes a real chord with me. I love the colour of the bench, nothing "oops" about it! And all the glass and candles are the perfect touch to your living room.
    Angex

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  17. Love the bench in the fun and fresh blue. It is such a great size. It looks perfect, especially with the other hints of blue.

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  18. Your room is just gorgeous,I love that pretty blue. I'm going to have to start checking out the oops paint!

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  19. Your room is so gorgeous Kim! I love the bench painted blue and used as a table. If Butter learns to pick up, please share how you did that :) It is looks so refreshing, wonderful additions! :)

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  20. I just found your blog simply gorgeous
    Love the new clean look
    xo
    Pam

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  21. Love the bench and the colour! Such a soft pretty blue!
    I've joined Jennifer's party too!!

    Pamela ox

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  22. The color is so pretty! The lines on the bench are awesome!
    I know how it is, seems like whatever sits by our front door becomes the junk collector :(
    XOXO
    Kristin

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  23. There you go again.....such a pretty post,love the bench that colour! Oh I can not wait till Aberfoyle opens again,we always go on Mothers Day....o.k going back for another peek! x00x

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  24. Wow....Kim....you outdid yourself this time, girlie! Summery, airy, clean, and so beautiful! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  25. It is perfect....the blue color really changed the bench! Great choice!

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  26. What a pretty room! Your bench looks so fresh. I like it with the pillows :)

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  27. I love the color of the bench ~ painting my dining room a similar color.
    :)heidi

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  28. Simply Gorgeous Kim!! You room is beautifully done:) I love what you did with the bench.. more importantly I LOVE that bench! What color did you use? Thanks for sharing...I'm inspired!

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  29. I love the bench as a table, i loved it as a bench too, lol! Im sooooo getting spring fever now............Bonnie

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  30. #28-Hi Valerie Jean and thanks! I'm not sure of the paint color as It came from the oops pile at HD.

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  31. I love the aqua bench as a coffee table and the color is beautiful. I'm a big aqau fan! The driftwood candle holder is a nice touch and your cushions are really lovely. Gorgeous fabric! Your home is a breath of fresh air. Butters sure is a cutie, too.

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  32. Lovely! It so nice to have redecorate your house for Spring and it looks refreshing! I would love to see the driftwood candle holder at night I would be so beautiful and bewitching! I like it.

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  33. FABULOUS!!!! So inviting and warm....your home is beautiful...I want to come over and have a cup of tea in that room...haha...
    Mariaelena

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  34. Your room looks beautiful! What color are your living room walls? You have probably mentioned it before but I missed it. You are very talented and have a great eye for design.

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  35. Fresh and inviting...perfect look for Spring!!

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  36. It looks fabulous! Love the aquaish blue of the bench and the colors in your pillows/cushions!

    ~Chris

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  37. Love the color of the bench :)

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  38. Just beautiful!!! I love the makeover and the new colors.
    Cindy

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  39. Lovely and springy. I love your shiny lamp .. is that new?

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  40. the pretty blue bench is adorable as a coffee table......I, myself, have been looking for another coffee table and if I find one of these, then that's what I'm going to use.
    Your room is beautiful.
    Linda

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  41. I can't look at these pictures enough...seriously...I'm scrolling back up just as soon as I post this comment!

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  42. So beautiful! I am going to go back and look at your driftwood candleholder tutorial. I have a large piece that I have wanted to do that with but was unsure if it would work out! I can't wait to do it now!

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  43. I LOVE this room and I know it is because of the new bench for the coffeetable. What a great color! I saved it in my files. I think the room rocks! Love the damask wallpaper shelves too~

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  44. LOVE, LOVE the bench and driftwood candle holder!!!!

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  45. LOVE your home..you've done such a beautiful job surrounding yourself with things that you love!

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  46. Gorgeous!!! I love the color of the bench! :)

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  47. Love how your using the bench as your coffee table and you painted it such a pretty color. I just LOVE all your spring touches! Martina

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  48. Beautiful room. I love the driftwood candleholder. ~~Sherry~~

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  49. This entire room is amazing!! I love the color you painted the bench. What an awesome idea to use it as a coffee table!

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  50. I'm loving the bench with it's new paint job. It looks amazing in your living room. Give the room a very relaxed, cottage feel. Love it.

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  51. Your home looks so fresh and pretty! Your living room is gorgeous!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  52. love the bench/table, love the mantel, the driftwood, and of course love the little pom-pom!

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  53. Amen to Calyspo in the country. I honestly had to stop and absorb each detail in every single picture so it took me about 10 min to read this whole post. This room is so gorgeous!!!! I absolutely love the idea of a bench as your coffee table. Genius. You are fabulous!

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  54. Well you had me at Blue Bench... Love it, so fresh and bright!
    alicia

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  55. Your little dog is too cute! I have a pom too big she's huge. And the color of the bench is soo me, love it!

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  56. You know, your room keeps getting better and better. It's fun to see someone post the stages in their decorating journey.

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  57. Gorgeous as always! Love the new driftwood with the votives. I have a big log with some in it too.

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  58. Gorgeous blue! It looks darling with those pillow's on the couch! Do you mind sharing with me what "blue" that is & where you found your pillows? oxox
    ~tracie

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  59. How absolutely lovely. Your house has made me smile. Beautiful and bright styling. I have added you to the Blog I love heading on mine.

    Best wishes Carolyn

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  60. I love the new fresh color of the bench and your pretty room. That driftwood piece is awesome. You can use that all over the place. Thanks for joining WUW this week.

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  61. Girl, this room is stunning. I LOVE that bench and the color is perfect. Great oops find.

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  62. The shade of blue with other peeks of shabby color is beautiful. Restful, and when you added driftwood, thoughts of summer holidays at the cabin crept in.
    - Joy

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  63. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous !! I love how fresh, crisp and simply beautiful this room is. The driftwood candleholder is beautiful on there, too. And, perfect shade of blue, too! Take care, Becca

    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  64. What a beautiful room. Love the bench with the new coat of paint!

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  65. Wonderful! Can I curl up in your family room with a book? I love your natural light. The room is just beautiful.I can't leave without mentioning your pup... so adorable.

    Ann-Marie

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  66. Oh my! Love the colors in this room! I just rolled on sample of that blue color in my bathroom this morning and I LOVE! Great job on this room. I would be delighted if you could link this up to my VIP party tomorrow. www.designergarden.blogspot.com

    Sommer

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  67. it's amazing, i love your room! the branch with votives in it is just beautiful. i have a party going on if you'd like to link up.

    http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/03/anything-goes-party-7.html

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  68. A truly beautiful space. Great job!

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  69. What a beautiful roomm. It just exudes a relaxed, elegant feeling.

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  70. Your room is gorgeous and that bench as a coffee table is beyond perfect. I love the new color.

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  71. What a beautiful, airy, fresh, refreshing space! Love your colors - so lovely!!!

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  72. I love how fresh and uncluttered your room looks, very cute! I LOVE that blue color for the bench from the oops bin at HD, what a find.
    ~Shanon

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  73. Wow I love the bench and the colour you chose! So coastal!

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  74. How lovely. Really like your blog. I am a follower. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas too :-)

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  75. I can almost smell spring in the air looking at that room...love the bench. perfect color.
    -keeley

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  76. Perfect room; light, airy, peaceful, gorgeous!

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  77. KIm I love everything you have created for your Spring Family Room! Lovely, fresh, and light.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my fine art giveaway!

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  78. Wow wonderful bench and I love the color. Perfect for spring.

    Rebecca

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  79. what a gorgeous home!!!!
    i love all the crisp white with the beautiful colors you've mixed in. the driftwood candleholder is brilliant! i've never seen anything like that before!

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  80. What a lovely lovely home you have filled with light and goregeous whites... I always dream of a "white cloud" house like yours, but where would I put my husband and son? ;) I'm adding you to my list of favorite blog so I can come here often... oh, and I would love to see you participate in our Show Off Your Cottage Monday so you can show your lovely home to our readers...

    Nice meeting you

    Cielo

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  81. LOVE your white couches and beachy style... awesome!
    Lindsay
    www.lovedesigncompany.blogspot.com

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  82. I just adore it! Obviously! :) It's so fresh looking!

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  83. Kim, you have such a beautiful home. I stubbled across your site this morning and so glad I did. I have checked out EVERY post and you have really transformed your home with great ideas and wonderful things.I love the color on your walls, would you mind sharing the paint color?

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  84. It's all so beautiful..particularly the hydrangeas. Rachaelxx

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  85. Love the color of that bench so Springy and beachy!!

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  86. love the bench as the coffee table . i would love to feature a few of your stuff next monday on my blog if that would be ok with you.

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  87. I love the color of the bench! Every thing looks wonderful, as always! :)

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  88. GorGeous!
    definitely spring ")
    sorry i didn't think of it on time, but my son's band was out your way playing for the cdn music awards show TO and a cpl other gigs guelph, windsor and mtl on their way dn to austin - anyway, i got the benefit of your little housetour today, so not to worry !
    have a great new week ~ Lent continues...

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  89. Hi Kim, I am so in love with this room! The bench in it's new color is a fabulous addition to the room. Everything is gorgeous! Butter is a cutie too.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  90. Kimberley! I just love everything you do! Such
    talent! I pop in quite often! *Lynne* {w/l}

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  91. I love how crisp and clean everything looks - and pretty! :)

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  92. I absolutely LOVE your bench painted in my favourite colour! I love the driftwood on it and agree, it's lovely for a special day. Your whole room is beautiful - and Butter is pretty darn cute too! We used to keep our dog's toys in a basket too and soon she learned the names of each one and would dig down to the bottom to find the one we told her to go get! :)

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  93. The bench works so well as a coffe table - LOVE the color!

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  94. Beatutiful!! I love your colors! I especially love the little touches of pink in your throw pillows! Also really loving your spring mantle! Just gorgeous!!

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  95. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love this room! It is so bright and cheery. Sitting in a room like this would definately take away the winter blues. I really like the drift wood and the new bench color. Great! -Katie

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  96. I love this room, all of your rooms as a matter of fact! It's like a breathe of fresh air!

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  97. Where did you get your TV stand? Ah I loveeeeeee it soo much!!!

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Thank you all so much for taking the time to leave a comment! Ilove reading each and every one.
Kim