I’m so excited about this post 🙂 !
Today, I’m showing you one of the newly added on portions of our house!!
Let’s recap: in May 2020, we started on a new construction project that would add additional square footage to our house to include fun things like my office, a home gym, an upstairs laundry station, a full bath, a bigger family room and loads of new storage. We knew this project would be a huge undertaking (and mess!), but we were so excited. And thennnnnnnn on June 19, 2020, our house had the roof off of it to add on this new area when…it rained. So, what began as a fun project to add a few new rooms ended up being the total gutting and rebuilding of our entire house. If you were around last year, then you know that I took the ordeal completely in stride and it didn’t inconvenience me at all nor did I ever complain. #yeahright It was honestly terrible, and I complained daily the entire 10 months it took to put it back together. #ugh
So, over the last few months, I’ve been sharing all of our new spaces, and today, I’m sharing one of my very faves…our new and improved upstairs family room! If you want to go back and check out the other newly added/remodeled spaces, I have them here below…
Andrew and I built our house in 2014 and this used to be the back of it…
…but now, after this new addition, this is the back of it…
So much fun, right? We added a staircase inside on the right side of the house that leads up to my office on the second floor (extending the fireplace up). We also added a gym, a laundry area, a full bath, loads of storage and made the family room larger upstairs (which connects over the patio to the existing part of the house. This way, you can enter the new area from all three main staircases inside the house and everything flows.
I reallllly wish I would have done a better job photographing this part of the house buuuut…I didn’t. I think, if the house wouldn’t have flooded, I would have done better, but this time last year, I was just trying to keep my head above the water.
Ha! I did find this old picture from last year…my walls were taupe and the upstairs was chaos, but now…
…come on in to our new family room 🙂 .
Before the new construction, there was a wall with windows overlooking the backyard that went from the corner where the faux-deer is to the corner where the first step is. I made a little video for Instagram last year that I’m going to re-post here so that you can better understand…
…make sense? We used to use this room a little, but now, I would say we LIVE in this room especially during the school year when we’re cozy and inside at night.
We’ve always saved a lot of our kids’ art from elementary school and framed them for this wall.
Do you see my fish?
I’m really obsessed with my fish paintings. We bought them in Nantucket from the artist who actually catches the fish and then takes them and makes a stamp out of them for each piece. I don’t know…they speak to me 🙂 .
We are OBSESSED with our couch! I had been telling Sean and Catherine how I was going to buy this couch for our new upstairs area since I love theirs so much. (Sean and Catherine own Home By Sean and Catherine where they make the world’s most comfortable furniture!!) Well, they knew which one I really wanted and one day after the house got destroyed…
…Sean brought it to me as a gift! Awwwwww! Insert all the sweet happy tears for that little brother of mine (and his beautiful bride). We are obsessed with it. I knew I would love it for how comfy it was, but my mom kept telling me how much I would love it for how easily things clean off of it…and boy, she was right! So far, I’ve easily cleaned off all the lovely things like chocolate pudding, mud and blood. #sigh #fourkids
We have this work station here for homework, projects and it’s just right down the hall from my office, so if anyone who works for me needs a spot to camp out a bit, they have one!
This game table here is one of my favorite finds! In this picture, we have the solid top on it, but you can easily take that off and you have a poker/card table underneath. We’ve been doing puzzles, board games and lots of coloring up here (and yes…some poker 😉 ).
I saw this guy at a store on our town square and he just spoke to me. Bahahaha! Why? Why? Why? I’m not sure, but I saw him and wanted him to come live at my house.
We bought the prints on the top shelf from the artist in Norway and had them framed. The other items all came from Nantucket. In Nantucket, almost all of the houses have names that are meaningful/kind of beachy and so we bought our sign for our one day house in ACK.
Down this hallway, you get to the front staircase.
Santa brought the kids an old fashioned arcade machine (you can hear more about it on The Bestie Breakdown) and then in the back there, is our play room (now podcasting studio 😉 ).
The battle of the stools.
If you go up these stairs, you’re in the rest of the new addition which…
…on the other side connects to me here in my office 🙂 .
And that, my friends, is our new and improved family room.
Okay, if you missed some of the other home update posts, here you go:
You can see our Laundry Room Re-do.
You can check out the GUEST BATH.
Then, I shared our new and improved GREAT ROOM.
After that, it was time to share our MASTER BATHROOM.
After that, MY NEW OFFICE!
And then, our MASTER BEDROOM.
Finally, I also shared our BACKYARD UPDATE.
If you’re looking for the sources I used for some of these items, here they are:
Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Moderate White, the trim is SW Antique White
Cabinet Paint: Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue
Couch: Thomas Modular Sofa in “sand” from Home by Sean & Catherine Lowe. You can sign up for an in-stock email alert on Wayfair so that you don’t miss it when it’s back in stock. They re-stock often, but it sells out almost immediately each time.
Clock and Whale
Reversible Poker Table
Yankees & Red Sox Barstools
Cabinet Hardware in Satin Copper
Fish Trio: Pete’s Fresh Fish Prints, Nantucket
Almost all of the pillows are from Pottery Barn.