A Little More of my Family Room

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in chalk paint, family room, painted furniture, yard sale | 52 comments

Well, I have been blogging for several weeks now.  (And, loving every minute of it!)  You folks are so encouraging and creative!

I just passed a major “blog-test” for myself.

My husband is a youth minister which means a lot of travel in the summer. (And, I love every minute of it!  Well, almost every minute!)

But, I was not sure if I was going to be able to keep up with the blog with the summer calendar.

I am finding that it is not as hard as what I was anticipating it to be.  Sometimes I can build something up in my mind to the point that I defeat myself before I even give it a try!  Am I the only one?

We just got back from our second camp.  This one was a little longer than the first.  We were gone for 10 days.  We only have one more mission trip that we will be going on with him. It will be about 2 weeks long.  I am now confident that I can get my projects completed and pictures taken and schedule my posts!  A small victory in my adventure in blog-land!

I am so glad that I did not talk myself out of starting this blog with the excuse that my calendar was too full.  I mean, when will my calendar ever not be full?  Whose calendar is not full?

Seeing as we were not home for 2 Saturdays due to the camp, I was not able to yard sale for 2 weekends (gasp!!!)

The camp we were attending was in Nashville, TN, so I did what any good blogger would do. . . I found the nearest Goodwill!

It happened to be an AMAZING Goodwill!

I managed to sneak away several times (sometimes twice in one day – they put out new things all day, ya know!)

Not to mention, there was a Sonic on the way, so I was able to swing by and get a sweet tea!

So, this week I will be sharing a few of my finds.

I am really looking for a booth to start selling some of my treasures.

Anyone know of a good place in the Murfreesboro area?  I might even be willing to drive to Nashville?

Here is another little corner of my family room.

My dad built the table for me a few years back.

My husband is a “stacker.” Stacks of books, papers, file folders, etc. . .  The stacks seemed to always make their way onto the coffee table and onto the hearth.  This was made to hold all of his stacks.  It also holds all of the TV stuff.  (I do not know much about the TV stuff except that I do not want to see it!)

It has been a great solution!

And, a lovely place to decorate!

I just cut the Annabelle hydrangeas and brought them in today.  I love the fresh green!  They really brightened up my mantle.

The brass bowl was on of my Goodwill finds this week.  For $1.99, I could not pass it up!

 I am adding more brass to my house.  I really like the look!

The wooden shoe was a yard sale find a couple of weeks ago for $1.

 The wooden pieces in the background are old porch railing.  I picked those up at an antique store a few months back.

The Goodwill find in this picture is the precious little bird plate for 25 cents!

I couldn’t resist adding some hydrangea to the other side of the room.  You can read more about this table here.

That is one bloom!  The blooms are HUGE this year!  And, the bush is loaded!

I am bringing more in the house tomorrow!

If you are wondering why I would not take a picture of the whole room. . . here is the reason!  My girls were wanting to watch television, but I was needing to take these pictures while the light was good.  I told them they could watch, but they had to stay out of the pictures!  Am I scarring my children for life?!

My husband was asleep in his recliner right beside me!  I am just having to learn to work around them!

Once I can get everyone out of the room, I will take pictures of the entire room!

Life to the full to you today!

Here are the places that I party!


Southern Hospitality

Under the Table and Dreaming

Flamingo Toes

I Heart Naptime

The DIY Showoff

My 1929 Charmer



Cowgirl Up

Mod Vintage Life

The Brassy Apple

Making the World Cuter

Between Naps on the Porch

Home Stories A to Z

A Stroll Thru Life

Boogieboard Cottage

The Dedicated House


Domestically Speaking

Elizabeth and Company

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Uncommon Designs

The Winthrop Chronicles

Coastal Charm

Tip Junkie handmade projects



Savvy Southern Style

Shades of Amber

Faded Charm

Someday Crafts

Lil Luna

Ginger Snap Crafts

Beyond the Picket Fence

Crafty Scrappy Happy

Somewhat Simple

Southern Lovely

House of Hepworths

The 36th Avenue

Restore Interiors

Ivy and Elephants



Imparting Grace

My Re-Purposed Life

The Vintage Farmhouse

Freckled Laundry

52 Mantels

No Minimalist Here

The Charm of Home

The Shabby Creek Cottage

From My Front Porch to Yours

The Brambleberry Cottage

Chic on a Shoestring

AKA Design

Katie's Nesting Spot




My Romantic Home

French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

Miss Mustard Seed

Thirty Handmade Days

Stuff and Nonsense

Craft Junkie Too

Common Ground

The Shabby Nest

Family Ever After

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Rooted in Thyme

Fingerprints on the Fridge


Funky Junk Interiors

Classy Clutter

Six Sisters Stuff

It’s Overflowing

Be Different Act Normal


Thrifty Decor Chick
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  1. Everything looks so pretty, Melissa! Those hydrangea blooms are huge! Love the way they look mixed in with your vignettes. What a great table with the skirt. I was admiring your small wreath on the lampshade, too. I just did a very simple grapevine one with some greenery and hung it from a lampshade in our dining area. I love the way it looks. Your girls look like they are trying very hard to stay on that coffee table. It makes me think of when I was a kid and the floor was “hot lava”. : )

    • Thanks! I love to hang things from my lamps. At Christmas, just about all of my lamps get ornaments, wreaths and bows! As for my girls, maybe I should make a game out of it for them. . .

  2. Oh, Nashville does have some great Goodwill stores. Southern Thrift if also a long time favorite of mine as well. It’s on Charlotte Pike (west Nashville) but there are 2 more somewhere in Nashville. The new finds look great in your family room as do the hydrangea blooms! As for booth space, I would suggest Hylabrook Antique Mall. I had a booth y-e-a-r-s ago with some of these ladies. That antique store closed because they lost their lease 🙁 It was a lot of fun though!! Good luck!

    • Thanks for the info! Looks like I am going to have to head back to Nashville!

  3. I love your styling and the cute touches of mossy green! Totally loving the last picture, btw. It so reminds me of my boys in front of the TV. Sadly, I too am forever asking them to move out of my shots. 😉

    • Thanks! They are good sports about getting out of the way. I think it is just the way of the life of a blogger’s child! They also get their fare share of time in front of the camera!

  4. You have some real styling talent! I am your newest Linky follower!

    • Tiffany, thanks for stopping by and for following!

  5. Love your posts! Glad you keep doing it during your busy schedule.

    • Thanks for the encouragement!

  6. Your room is magical–especially with the husband and kids in the mix! I can see why they wouldn’t want to leave. You have a gift for making ordinary corners and walls extraordinary.

    • Ericka, that may be the kindest comment I have ever received! Thanks so much for stopping by! Life to the full to you!

  7. Oh I love it all. Both of our side tables have fabulous vignettes and the wall collages are stunning also. You definitely have a knack for arranging things in such lovely and eye pleasing vignettes. That is definitely an art. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    • I love your party! And your home!

  8. I’m just like you, scouting out thrift stores everywhere I go. Then sneaking off to said stores any chance I get 🙂 Love your vignettes.

    • I have 3 thrift stores here in Murfreesboro, TN. I wish there were more!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Hi, Melissa!
    I’m so glad you stopped by my blog today & left a comment! Your living room decor is beautiful! I’m following you now, too!


    • Thanks for stopping by! And, thanks for following!

  10. Ohhhh, I like that little corner of your room! So pretty!

  11. Pretty family room- love that birdhouse and the chalkboard saying. The saying is so very true-

    bee blessed

    • I have learned that saying to be so true! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. The room looks great! You did a great job styling the table in the corner!

  13. Your decorating is awesome! You’ve done a great job on both sides! I love that bird house with the tiny plate…to cute! The pieces from an old railing are an awesome find! I love staring at all your different elements. Your good at this!

    • Liz, thank you for your kind comment! I am constantly moving things around! And, adding new treasures to my ever-growing collection! I am so glad that you stopped by!

  14. Hey Melissa! I just went to a great little store here in Lennox Village (South Nashville) today and thought it might be a good fit. It’s called La Vie en Rose. There are also about 4 really great antique stores in Nolensville that I LOVE to explore. One is called Three French Hens and another is The Roost. You should definitely look into putting your finds into one of these stores!! Southern Thrift in South Nashville is really close to my house…you might need to go there and stop by and visit!! 🙂

    • Kristi, thanks for the suggestions. I had actually thought about Nolensville. I don’t think it is too far from my house? I have only been to those little stores once, but I remember loving them! I have also recently learned about Southern Thrift. I really want to go! I will let you know when I am headed that way!

  15. at least you don’t have pets to keep out of pictures…or do you?
    Love the room!

    • Yes. . . one giant golden retriever, whose name is Zuzu. Not to mention she is shedding like nobodies business these days! But, an empty house would be no fun at all!

  16. Wow gorgeous! I’d say you have a real knack for putting things together and creating vignettes.

    • Stacey, thanks for stopping by! I am always rearranging my little treasures! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  17. Good for you! Love your style! We are pastors, too! Three children…all grown and flown the coop. Blogging is an excellent tool to connect others…love it♥

    • I am enjoying it so much! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. I absolutely love those porch rails 🙂

    • I love them! I could not believe that they were $12! Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Perfect, love your touches, all the artwork is great.

    • I have too much on the walls for most people, but I think it makes it feel more cozy!

  20. Beautiful decor. Love the vintage suitcase. I saw your daugthers names, I am a Mae, too, Mindie May that is 🙂
    I host a weekly Anything Goes linky on Friday, you are always welcome to strut your stuff.

  21. Hi Melissa, Your room is beautiful! You have a talent for creating gorgeous vignettes. Thanks for sharing this at the Open House party.

  22. Love love love it!!! BOTH sides! 🙂

    Lou Cinda

  23. So much gorgeousness Melissa! And I seriously cracked up at the pic of your girls watching t.v. and imagining you taking your photos at the same time. I definitely relate to that! That hydrangea bloom is unreal and truly your talent for pulling things together is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday! 🙂

  24. Sometimes I can build something up in my mind to the point that I defeat myself before I even give it a try! Am I the only one?

    NO YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE 🙂 Just human….:)

    Very nice table and display 🙂

  25. I think Hylabrook Antique Mall or Nolensville would be a good choice. I am in M’boro also. I found you blog through Elizabeth & Co.

  26. You have a beautiful family room. Your children are no different then mine 🙂


  27. Your vignettes are gorgeous! You have a great eye for display and detail! And I love brass, too! So glad it’s making a comeback. And if it weren’t, I use it anyway! ha! The hydrangeas are very pretty, too!

  28. Oh, I love the table with the curtain underneath. That’s such a great space saver. We have a teeny-tiny house and that would work perfect. Thank you for sharing the pictures from your lovely room!

  29. Beautiful living room! I love the touches and the colors.

  30. Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  31. I’m really enjoying your posts. you mentioned this table is for the TV stuff. Can you tell me how you rid the TV junk? I don’t see any cable wires…help, I need some advice on how to hang a TV over the fireplace without the wires and stuff showing! Please tell more.

  32. I love your style. I, too, enjoy visiting Goodwill. We have a great one not far from where I live. Woo-Hoo!

    I have a dear, dear friend who lives in Murfressboro. She is also a blogger. You can find her on my sidebar under, “Nana’s Rambling.” Good luck finding a place to sell your lovely things.


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