Can I tell you something? I realllly want new couches. But it’s not in the budget. So instead of moping, I decided to freshen up our family room with what I already have. I rearranged a couple chairs, got 2 new throw pillows and found a rug seriously marketed down at World Market. The result is making me HAPPY! It feels fresh and new.

This room gets lots of great light, but the dark brown sofas and wood trim were dragging it down. Eventually I’d like to replace the sofas with a lighter color and paint all the wood trim white. But for now, adding in lighter accessories and some fun patterns is brightening up the space.

This is the room where we cuddle, watch movies, build blog posts, play on the iPad and hang out. It’s where we tend to be.

We love our gas fireplace and we use it often on chilly evenings. Those candleholders on either side of the green mirror were a thrift store find. I’ve been debating about what color to paint them–finally I just hung them as is. And I really like it. {I still need candles!}

The aqua chair was a thrift store find that I recovered. You can see the before/after pic here. Wow, right?!

The printed cotton cover over the side of the chair is from urban outfitters. And the rug is from World Market.

We bought the fireplace screen from Pottery Barn a few years ago. The glass heats up to very hot temps and I didn’t want David or other kiddos to get burned. It keeps kids a safe distance away from the hot glass.

The black and white pillows are from Ikea and I looove the way they feel!

That gorgeous cream afghan was handmade by my mama! It was a Christmas surprise and I love it!

There’s Matthias kicking back in a corduroy blazer and socks on the iPad. That’s how we roll!

I’ve been pulling up the blinds and it visually opens the space and allows more light. Light makes me happy!

Old books add lots of texture and color!

If you follow me on instagram, then you know I found this disco ball for $2 at a thrift store last week. I was specifically looking for things that would brighten the room–and this is perfect!

I want to paint these built in shelves and the tv nook white–but for now they are wood and filled with lots of colorful objects.

The yellow lamps add a surprising punch of color and fun to the room. I found them at Target.

And old soda crates under the coffee table are the perfect spot for random toys–like hero factory and lego bits.

I wanted to capture a quick pic of us in our brightened up living room–so I set up the tripod and hit the timer and this is what we got. This pic makes me so happy and thankful! It’s not about new couches or having everything perfect. It’s about being together and living life in a real {and imperfect} way, don’t you think?