Living Room Refresh with Tuesday Morning

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It’s been five months since we turned the keys to our new home. Five months, and the living room has yet to be completely finished! I found myself in this odd stage of waiting to make this room feel homey, because there was still drywalling to be done beside the fireplace. But now with the holidays fast approaching I decided to fix up this room to make it feel cozy and special!

living room before

I partnered with Tuesday Morning stores for this design refresh, which means I was able to get a lot of beautiful decorative accessories for just a wee bit of money. Of course, we rearranged the space a bit, but the biggest decorative change I wanted to make was to warm up the room for the season by getting darker curtains. Curtains can be so expensive, especially when you’re looking for longer draperies (like I needed for this room), but I was able to get 3 pairs of high-quality drapes for less than $70!

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Tuesday Morning Stores

I spent a good hour combing through my local Tuesday Morning store, trying to decide which cute accessories I couldn’t live without. Vases are always the first thing to jump into my cart (like this cute little pink one on my coffee table), but I audibly gasped when I discovered the amazing votive candle holder below. It looks like a mini retro-style fireplace! And since I can’t have the full-size version, the mini version will do just fine.

I also like to use decorative boxes on my coffee table to store remotes and other gadgets, like phone chargers). I found this gorgeous mosaic ivory box (above) and it fits right in with the rest of the room.

Tuesday Morning Stores

Tuesday Morning Stores

I just love how these beige curtains warm up the room and give the window more presence, which was definitely needed after moving the sofa in front of it. Because the curtains are darker, I think a white lamp looks great in front of it, and this one is perfect for reading. Snagged that at Tuesday Morning too!

Here’s everything I found at Tuesday Morning to whip up my budget living room refresh: 3 curtain panels, floor lamp, two throw pillows, one throw blanket, ivory box, pink vase, chimenea votive holder, and the Chanel watercolor art above the bar cart.

Which addition is your favorite?

Don’t forget to check out your local Tuesday Morning store to see what kind of deals you can find for your own home! Use their store locator to find a Tuesday Morning near you.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tuesday Morning stores. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Sunroom // Makeover Reveal

boho chic sunroom decor

Here it is! The first room I set about to fix-up in our new home, and I’m calling it done-zo. When we first viewed this house, before it became our home, Lucy and Juniper were enamored with this little room, closing the doors and declaring that no grown-ups were allowed inside. Now the space feels very grown-up, but the kiddos still commandeer the sunroom for assembling puzzles on the floor, for staging road-trips for their figurines, or for hours of play-doh fun at the table. I’m so happy this little room is a part of our home, and hey— I think my plants are pretty happy about it too. (Yeah, I’m lookin’ at you, Mr. Ficus!)

boho chic sunroom decor

The sunroom is adjacent to our living room, separated from the space by these two french doors. There was a lot of back-and-forth in my mind about painting these doors white, or leaving them wood, and many of you expressed strong opinions in favor of both options on my Instagram posts. In the end, Phil said he liked them wood, and it was just the tipping point I needed to make a decision I most certainly do not regret. These doors add a quality of warmth to both the sunroom and living room, and tie in with the shelving wall in our kitchen.

Above is how the room appeared when we first moved in. Full of bright light, a pleasant light minty blue color, and not-so-pleasant dingy shag carpet. It felt like it fit right in here in my Northeast Ohio suburban neighborhood, and that’s not exactly what I wanted. So, first things first, I ripped out all of the carpet the day we signed the papers to make this house our home, Then I set about painting everything a perfect shade of white, à la Benjamin Moore’s Super White. I used the same shade of white in the sunroom, living room, kitchen, and entryway— semigloss for the trim, and eggshell for the walls.

Sidenote: This was the first time in my life I have hired a painter, and let me tell ya— I felt très fancy. We had some very high ceilings we were working with (17′ in the entryway), and what would’ve taken me ages, and maybe cost me my neck, took my painter a couple of afternoons. Very much worth it.

how to build a storage banquette

THE BANQUETTE

After the floors were stripped and the walls were painted, I built my much anticipated channel-tufted storage banquette in the nook underneath the soffit in this small room with soaring ceilings. When we first moved in, the soffits annoyed me. But now I appreciate the dimensionality that they give to the architecture of our home, and I like to think I’m harnessing the full potential of the soffits in here and the living room.

channel tufted banquette

Because of the small footprint of the sunroom, I do feel like it’s a “you just have to be there” kind of space, but I hope that these photos do it justice! The banquette might not seem like much of a nook in these photos, but in real life it fits right into the soffited area in a space with such high ceilings— it feels cozy and the perfect way to treat an otherwise sparse and awkward space.

storage banquette

You can check out the full DIY at A Beautiful Mess, but suffice it to say I’m so glad I built this bench with ample storage, because we have since unpacked

 all of our games and puzzles, and this bench is now packed to the brim with fun things! I used hinges that stay open, so the girls can come in here during the day and pull out puzzles to work on, or ask my permission to get out play-dough. (That’s something we’ve had to work on… ha!)

boho chic sunroom decor

PLANT ELEMENTS

In our new home, I won’t be using plants as decorative elements in the same way as I did in our old home. Of course I still love my plant babies! But I’m drawn to a less junglicious design sensibility in most of the rooms of this new house, and now that I have this convenient sunroom, I can have a spot to escape to, full of plants, which also happens to be within view of our living room. It feels like a pretty good balance. (And yes, I still have some plant babies throughout the rest of our home too! Just scaled back quite a bit.)



marble top tulip table

DESIGN CHANGES

The design for the sunroom has undergone some changes from my initial conception back when I shared my first concept sketches early last June. At some point, I decided on doing this ambitious channel-tufted wall, but originally I had planned on making it orange. YES, orange. Such a controversial color, but a great love of mine. Somewhere along the line I came to my senses and decided to use a calm neutral color instead. Oh— I remember when it was! I was trying to select the perfect orange or pink while standing at the store looking at upholstery fabric. And I felt suuuuch anxiety about all of the options, until I found this textural swatch of neutral fabric. Then I knew. Orange just wasn’t in the cards. Or at least, not for the banquette itself. But soon enough I would find my dream chairs in another delicious shade of orange!

Remember the post I wrote way back in June planning the furnishings for the sunroom? At the time, I had planned on using a (free) pair of white coated Bertoia chairs my brother said I could indefinitely borrow, but I was so enamored with the Thonet bentwood chairs I shared, and received such strong feedback about those chairs on Instagram, I was swayed to purchase these chairs on Etsy, and I will never ever regret it! They’re beautiful, but also so comfortable! I’m not sure I’ll keep them this particular shade of orange, but right now they feel pretty perfect in here.

Another change I made was deciding not to use the wicker pendant in my initial sketches, because I didn’t like how it took away from the bold banquette wall. What you can’t see (but can barely see in my before pics) is a ceiling fan hanging down from the vaulted ceilings in here. It is an eyesore (that I don’t notice anymore), which I will eventually replace, but it is also a source of light and a handy air circulator in the warmer months. I’ll most likely be using the wicker pendant in the playroom instead of the sunroom.

boho chic sunroom decor

I’m so happy with how this space turned out, and it feels really good to have one room completely finished in our house! Next up we’re finishing up the last details of the kitchen and sunroom, and I’m getting pretty excited to share those with you too. Thanks for following along!

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Creamy Sausage, Kale, and Wild Rice Soup

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

Food memories have a way of marking significant times in life, like the delicious carrot cake we had on our wedding day, making nobake cookies with my mom, and learning about mixing corn and mashed potatoes together with my grandma. Four years ago when I was traveling to frequent oncologist appointments, I fondly remember enjoying a bowl of turkey, kale, and wild rice soup afterwards with my mom and baby Lucy. It became something I could actually look forward to in an otherwise dreary time. Years later, I still dream of that soup, so I decided to create my own version I can enjoy at home whenever I want!

I partnered with Horizon Organic to bring this soup recipe to you, because while I want my girls to get the benefit of a delicious soup full of nutritious whole food ingredients, I don’t want any of the weird stuff that you find in non-organic produce and cartons of milk.

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

Creamy Sausage, Kale, and Wild Rice Soup
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
3648 calories
232 g
600 g
242 g
135 g
102 g
3062 g
9818 g
38 g
2 g
125 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
3062g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3648
Calories from Fat 2171
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 242g
373%
Saturated Fat 102g
508%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 27g
Monounsaturated Fat 98g
Cholesterol 600mg
200%
Sodium 9818mg
409%
Total Carbohydrates 232g
77%
Dietary Fiber 13g
52%
Sugars 38g
Protein 135g
Vitamin A
60%
Vitamin C
201%
Calcium
106%
Iron
80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 5 Italian style sausages, removed from casing
  2. 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  5. 1 bunch of kale, finely shopped
  6. 6 cups of turkey broth
  7. 1/2 cup brown rice
  8. 1/2 cup black wild rice
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 2 teaspoons cumin
  11. 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  12. salt and pepper to taste
  13. 1/2 stick butter
  14. 1/2 cup flour
  15. 2.5 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Add chopped onion to raw sausage before browning sausage. Add minced garlic and sauté for one minute before adding the broth, rice, celery, and seasoning. Add the finely chopped kale and stir as is wilts in the heat. Allow broth to come to a boil as you prepare the roux.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, then whisk in the flour. This will form a clump, more than a paste, so slowly pour the milk in to the saucepan and whisk together over low heat. Once combined, pour the roux into the soup and stir for a few minutes as the roux thickens the soup.
  3. Simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours to let the kale and rice cook fully. The next day the soup will be thicker, so I like to thin it out by adding more milk.
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creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

I used turkey sausage for this recipe, but regular sausage would be fine as well! The soup will certainly be richer, and that’s not exactly my taste.

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

This soup turned out to be everything I wanted! Flavorful, hearty, healthful, and comforting. I’m already planning to make a pot of this soup after Thanksgiving, with leftover turkey instead of sausage.

What are your go-to comfort soup recipes? I’m a faithful fan of chicken noodle too, though chili is right up there on my list! If you want more recipe and snack ideas from Horizon, be sure to follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram! I’m always happy to work with them, and love seeing other bloggers’ recipes and ideas.

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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