One Room at a Time-Front Room Edition

This has been a SLOW, work-in-progress post, but I’m finally ready to share!

We moved into our house about two years ago knowing that we’d need to eventually update almost every square inch.  Since money doesn’t grow on trees {or maybe I’ve been looking in the wrong place for that special money tree?-ha!}, we’re slowly trying to complete one room at a time.  

So far we’ve updated…

And today, I’m showing you the front room.  I’m not really sure what to call this one, but “FRONT ROOM” has kind of stuck around here.

This room is right off the front door/entry way.  This room and the dining room are the first rooms you see when you walk inside.  We’re trying to start at the front door and work our way through the house.  {When everything needs to be updated, it seems like a good place to begin.}

Just to remind you, this was the room before…
And this is the room now…
I apologize for the lighting.  I took pictures with blinds open, with blinds closed, with the lights on, lights off and I’m sharing a mix of them all.

The dining room is a bit modern so we wanted to make this room feel a little more rustic/traditional to balance that modern out a bit.  In this room the big project was the fire place.  We wanted the fireplace to be similar to the fireplace in the living room but have a little more formal feel.  We also changed out the ceiling fan for a rustic light fixture, got some new furniture, and added a few finishing touches.

I got these chairs from Nebraska Furniture Mart.  {Exact chairs are linked.}  They’re over sized and super comfy.  Pillows were from Pottery Barn {sold out}, rug from Pottery Barn, and stools from Pottery Barn.

To be honest, the room is rarely used but I love that when people stop by or guests come over they’re greeted with a cute room.

Lamp:  I.O. Metro Outlet {In Fairview, for local girls}
Candle holder:  Z Gallerie {Sold out}
Picture Frames:  Are all old and probably all Hobby Lobby
Terra Cotta Vase:  Exact here from Pottery Barn
Blue Lantern:  {Sold out}
Tall Pyramid Thing:  {Canton Find}

The big mirror and the big buffet/table were both purchased from a friend.  They were both dark, Old World style pieces and we hired a local painter to update them.  She did a great job.  I love the way they turned out.

Everything on the mantle is sold out or old, but the planked wooden wall hanging is still in stock.

We changed out the blinds for plantation shutters as well.  This house had shutters on the front of the house-but only the upstairs rooms so we’re slowly changing those out.  #oneroomatatime

Again, please let me know if you find the money tree!  hahahaha!

The last thing we did to “complete” the room was change out the fan to this light fixture.  I can’t find ours online, but I ordered it from Ballard Designs.

I really like the way the room came together.

Marla gifted me this wall hanging for Christmas and it was PERFECT for the wall opposite the mirror.  It just fits this room.  I never took a picture of this wall because the floor length mirror was still out from taking pictures of the dresses last week.  #bloggerproblems  🙂

I’m not sure what room will be next.  I need to hang a few things in my office and then we could check it off our list.  I’m thinking we’ll put the finishing touches on the kiddos’ bedrooms and they’ll be checked off soon as well.

Hope you guys have a great Monday!  XO

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  1. 8.21.17
    Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    Your fireplace is my favorite part! I want our fireplace to be dramatic like yours in our next house!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

    • 8.21.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you, Sarah!

  2. 8.21.17
    a little bit of emily said:

    This room looks like the perfect place to curl up with a good book!!! I absolutely love those pieces you purchased and painted!

  3. 8.21.17
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    This is one of my very favorite rooms in your house!! I just want to sit down and sip coffee while smelling that candle. It's so cozy!!

  4. 8.21.17
    Anonymous said:

    This room looks amazing!! I always love seeing it every time we stop by! Great job renovating, girl!!

  5. 8.21.17
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Everything looks great! We rarely use our dining room either, but I love that a pretty room greets people when they enter!

  6. 8.21.17
    Elaine Welte said:

    Everything looks great! I love the side board and mirror you had painted!

  7. 8.21.17
    Simple Purposeful Living said:

    It looks great and a great way to welcome guests for sure! I feel like we have lived in our house for 4 years and built it and there are still things I am changing and tweaking. Just this weekend, I took down the art above my computer in my office…now to find what I want for that space ;). NO MONEY TREE here either but I will look 😉 xoxo ERIN

  8. 8.21.17
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    That buffet and mirror is GORGEOUS! Looks perfect. If you get a tip on the money tree, pass it along, mmmkkk? 🙂

  9. 8.21.17
    Laci said:

    Looks so good!! Love those chairs

  10. 8.21.17
    Le Ann said:

    It's SOOOOOOO pretty!!!

  11. 8.21.17
    Klein Dot Co said:

    LOVE that oversized mirror 😍 At first I thought y'all blown out the wall and made another entryway 😂

  12. 8.21.17
    Unknown said:

    It all looks so great! We've been updating, too and it feels good to check a room off the list! 🙂

  13. 8.21.17
    Bfg78 said:

    Oh wow! Did you hire a decorator? I love that sideboard! Those chairs beg to be read in with fire going! (If only in Nebraska instead of tx ha!) what candles do you like? I'm needing some new ones. I'm tired of volcano & loved magnolia mkt candles but burned out 😢

  14. 8.21.17
    brookerichardson said:

    Thanks for the tour! Love the furry ottomans too! It's very cozy! Love it.

  15. 8.21.17
    Jenn said:

    Wow, looks amazing!!!! I dunno….it looks to me like you did find a money tree! LOL 😉

  16. 8.21.17 said:

    Looks lovely! !!

  17. 8.21.17
    Memphis Bridges said:

    What a beautiful transformation! Looks a relaxing place to hang out. The fireplace, buffet table, lamp, light fixture and chairs are favorites.

  18. 8.21.17
    Kim said:

    This is so pretty.. YOu done a great job.

  19. 8.21.17
    Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said:

    This room looks great! I love the pieces you had repainted!

  20. 8.21.17
    Meg said:

    Do you have any tips for installing plantation shutters? We just have a couple windows we want them in and I keep hoping to find an easy way to do it without hiring out!

  21. 8.21.17
    daniellem02 said:

    Wow, the fireplace is beautiful! We have a room like this that we never use, so we put the Christmas tree and stockings in there so the kids mess with them less

  22. 8.21.17
    Four Points Mom said:

    WOW! You room looks great. I've heard great things about the Nebraska Furniture Mart. I've been meaning to head up there, and now I have to make it happen. Those chairs are super cute!

    • 8.21.17
      Unknown said:

      If you don't enjoy crazy crowds, do not go to Nebraska Furniture on a weekend. It's always insane. Go the moment they open during the week or shop online.

  23. 8.21.17
    Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said:

    I love that room and your dining room!! You have great taste!!

    That Inspired Chick

  24. 8.21.17
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    We call our room by the front door the "front room" too! Haha. I don't ever know what else to call it! Formal sitting room?? Sounds too stuffy for us! It looks great, girl!

  25. 8.22.17
    Unknown said:

    Looks awesome!

  26. 8.22.17
    mandabee said:

    The room looks beautiful! I'm still looking for that elusive money tree as well!

  27. 8.22.17
    Keisha Dawson said:

    I love the change of the fireplace and the buffet and mirror are stunning! What a great change!

  28. 8.22.17
    Cooking Up Faith said:

    Absolutely beautiful! Is that a Fredericksburg candle burning? Looks so cozy! I recently redid my entire decor after moving into a new house. It's so much fun to update and go with a new style!
    Cooking Up Faith

  29. 8.23.17
    Lisa said:

    I LOVE your mantel and that light fixture is gorgeous! The room has a great feel. It turned out beautifully!

  30. 8.23.17
    Sharon said:

    Who did you use to redo your fireplace? Our house was built in 1999, we moved in three years ago and have been doing the same thing – re-doing things bit by bit . Andthe one thing I need to do in our family room is to redo our 80's looking black tile fireplace but I have no idea who to call to do that? We are in DFW too. If you don't mind sharing, please share! I like your strategy of doing room by room. I kinda do random project by random project. We also need to do our front door. That and the fireplace are on my list as soon as we find that money tree… As is a laundry/pantry/mud room addition. Hahahah.

    • 8.23.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I feel you!! I'll keep you posted on the money tree. I've gotten a couple emails asking who did our fireplace and to be honest, I wouldn't recommend him. They ripped our fireplace out back in November and it took months to complete the project. If I had it to do again, I'd contract it myself. This guy didn't coordinate everyone's schedules so we'd wait months on the cast stone guy. Wish I had a great recommendation!!!

  31. 8.23.17
    Unknown said:

    So cozy and inviting! Beautiful space!

  32. 9.6.17
    Queen in Between said:

    Looks warm and welcoming. I love what you guys did to the fireplace. I've never thought about actually building up the bottom around mine!