Ryan’s Den: Update

Ryan has been wanting his own space forever, and it’s finally taking shape. This room captures his love for Snoopy and all things Peanuts. I’m so excited to share our progress with you, and I hope it inspires you to make your home a place you love.

If you don’t remember, this is what this space looked like in March after we started construction. This space used to be our unfinished garage before we had the window and walls added.

Den 2

Many weekends later, we now have a really fun room that we can enjoy. Take a look.


More pictures of the space & décor thus far.

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We still have quite a bit of work left to do in this space including: trim, painting, finishing the ceiling with grid covers, hiding television wires, and replacing the door to the exterior. We also have custom furniture coming and a couple of art pieces left to get. I’m hoping for a final reveal in September, so stay tuned.

Den & Cat Room Update

I had hoped to provide an update weeks ago, pictures & all. For those of you that have worked with a contractor before, you know that it never goes as planned. That was most certainly the case again. Long story short, the rooms came together slower than anticipated. Now it’s flooring and finishing work for Ryan and I over the next several weekends.

Since I don’t have many photos to share yet, I thought I’d share some design ideas for the den. The den will reflect Ryan’s love of Snoopy, and it will feature fun pops of color. We’ve actually started hanging some of his artwork, see below.

snoopy wall

The purpose of this room is hanging out and displaying Ryan’s Peanuts Collection. It will include a sofa, chairs, shelving, and hopefully a nook for reading.

I chose Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray for this space. We’ve actually used it elsewhere in the house, and it’s a great neutral. The color scheme will be primarily gray and yellow with pops of other primary colors. Below are some of the furniture pieces for this space.

I’ve also found a yellow metal coffee table that I’d like to get for this space.  Accessories will include all of Ryan’s collectibles. I also want to build a shiplap display board for some of his favorite Peanuts pictures, postcards, stickers, etc. I have to agree with Joanna Gaines, every room could use shiplap!

This is going to be a really fun room to decorate and hang out in. I can’t wait for Friday night movies with popcorn & treats! I hope to have an update with pictures soon.





Creating Lists

When Ryan and I bought our home, I could envision the transformation. Over the last several years, we’ve worked really hard to make that vision a reality. Although we are nowhere near completing our home, we have made some serious progress. I hope to share some of that progress with you soon, but today, I want to focus on what is next.

Every January, I start making lists of all of the things I’d like to get done in our home. I wish I could say I always complete every task, but that would be a lie. Time, life, and finances get in the way of progress from time to time. I thought I’d share my 2017 list with you all.

2017 Home Remodeling

  • Install Subway Tile Backsplash in Laundry Room
  • Complete Trim in Laundry Room
  • Finish Painting Staircase
  • Complete Ryan’s Office
  • Widen Master Closet Door & Install Elfa
  • Refresh Landscaping (I think the drought killed some stuff)
  • Convert Garage to Den & Cat Room

The last item on my list is a big one, and I’m really excited about it. Before I explain this project, I have to tell you a secret. I’m a crazy cat lady, and I can’t say ‘no’ to cuteness! Back to the project at hand. We knew when we bought our home, it wasn’t big enough. We then put together a plan to convert our garage into living a space and to later build a new garage.

The garage will include my husband’s office, a large den, and a bedroom for our cats (aka ‘The Cat Room’). I can’t show you what is in my head, but I can show you some pictures from Pinterest that inspire me.

Ryan’s office & den are going to be really fun spaces with lots of color. I really want his love for Snoopy to shine through. I can’t wait to share this project with you as we complete each phase. Stay tuned.