We recently made a few small updates to our living room that made a world of difference in making our family room feel bigger and brighter! If you have been following along on Instagram & snapchat (houseofharper), you know I have been busy working with friends and interior designers Saba and Sarah Jawda for a full redesign (that I am dying to share in the new year)! But for now, while we are waiting on some final touches, I wanted to share our updated mantle… just in time to hang the stockings! (You can see the before picture here.)
Our family room was previously almost two rooms, a living room that was half way open to a sunroom. Because of the divided rooms, we were wasting space and had two entries into our kitchen (one doorway in each room). I am big on symmetry so the single bookshelf to the left of the fireplace bothered me since we moved in. I fantasized about matching built-ins on both sides of our mantle and updating the red brick with a cleaner and more modern marble. After a year of dropping hints, I was able to get FMK on board and now that it is complete, I think he might actually be more excited about it than I am (if that’s possible).
Decorating the built-ins is always an evolving process as you collect more things you love, but I went to Home Goods and found some cute things to fill in a few holes until I find what I want to permanently complete the space. I love collecting things as we travel and finding things we truly love so our book shelves tell a personal story and show our personality.
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