Living Spaces Reveal – Formal Rooms

Yesterday I showed how I declutter our rancher.  I thoroughly sorted every room before throwing up the for sale sign.  I knew my house wouldn’t get any cleaner than at an open house (all of three families showed up) so I went around snapping pictures.  I took  SO MANY  pictures that day, too many for one post!  So for today, I’ll share…Living Spaces Reveal – Formal Rooms!

Family Room Tour 1 @ItsOverflowing

Our rancher is just over 2000 square feet.  I have had to be very creative with storage to accommodate the five of us and still make our home feel roomy.  In the picture on the left, you can see my large armoire that was in the master bedroom of my two story McMansion.  Here I use it to store blankets on the top and my sewing stuff on the bottom.  Next to the armoire is a large basket where I keep all of my crafty paints, canvases, etc.

DIY Decorating Living Room 7 @ItsOverflowing

I have a huge collection of white vases.  I keep them on the table most of the year.  My kitchen doesn’t have enough room for them to be stored with the rest of the vases.

Living Room Decor 9 @ItsOverflowing

At my first open house I filled some of the vases with white tulips, but obviously didn’t pick up enough!  Oops!  By the next open house I had found my favorite flowers, Craspedia Billy Balls Yellow Flowers and learned I could dry them out very easily and use them indefinitely!  Major savings for open house decor!  I talked about the drying process when I shared my Summer Party Decor.

Craspedia Billy Balls Yellow Flower @ItsOverflowing

My plate collection finally made it on the wall.  Of course, right before we listed!  The things you do and wish you had completed earlier so you could have had more time to enjoy!  I showed you lots of plate collection ideas here when I was brainstorming how I wanted to arrange mine.  And here’s the link in case you need a little reminder on how to hang plates.

Living Room Decor 3 @ItsOverflowing

DIY Decorating Living Room 2 @ItsOverflowing

I am going to miss these original hardwood floors!  I like walking on them, photographing them, and even prefer cleaning them over any other floor surface!

DIY Decorating Living Room 3 @ItsOverflowing

Under my hutch (which is screaming update me — any ideas) I have two large baskets where I store my extra tablescape decor.

DIY Decorating Living Room 4 @ItsOverflowing

I found my secretary desk at a thrift store a couple years ago.  I used it in the boys’ room for awhile, until the top screws were stripped from too much use and abuse.  It ended up in the front room and my hubby uses it.  He offices out of his car…not sure what took me so long to have a look area in the house for his paperwork!  I hope to give this little desk a new lease on life before too long!

DIY Decorating Living Room 5 @ItsOverflowing

The butterfly canvas next to my three sweeties at the Dallas Arboretum was a Target find.  The three pictures below are Hobby Lobby finds – one print and two pieces of scrapbook paper.  I had the mattes cut for the two scrapbook paper prints a long time ago when I drew some Fall decor for my dining room — gotta love recycling frames!

DIY Decorating Living Room 8 @ItsOverflowing

And here’s the scoop on the big debut of my wall sconces.  You can always tell the era of a home by the lighting.  The outlet below the sconces is tied into the light switch!  We were living life to the fullest with the addition of light to this room!

DIY Decorating Living Room 9 @ItsOverflowing

Our living and dining room is right off of the entry.  When I first installed the board and batten wall with hooks in the entry I thought it’d be reserved for guests, but the newness wore off quickly when I had backpacks laying all over the house with the start of school!   Our board and batten wall is probably one of my favorite updates because it is such a great storage solution.


Above my paint supply basket hang the frames that Stud built to look like replicas of the frames he made out of the chippy paint planter I found.  Here’s a little DIY frame tutorial– it’s actually pretty easy and really inexpensive!

Living Room Decor @ItsOverflowing

Have you ever done a makeover on a chandelier!?!  I think the results are always amazing!  And since they hang and are never touched or disturbed, the results last until you’re ready for a new color!

DIY Decorating Living Room 6 @ItsOverflowing

The green blanket was an estate sale find, the houndstooth pillows are my favorite pillows for sure.  They used to be in my master bedroom – here’s my master bedroom reveal from last year.

Living Room Decor 5 @ItsOverflowing

The other pillows are from target.  On top of the ottoman is an IKEA fur.  We chatted about these when I shared my last Virtual Window Shopping at IKEA.  It’s been too long since we’ve been there together – let’s go again soon!

Living Room Decor 4 @ItsOverflowing

Anyone remember what I keep in my ottoman!?!?  If not you can check back on this post about my paper trail organization.  And for even more Get It Organized solutions.

Living Room Decor 6 @ItsOverflowing

I sold our first couch and a coffee table to have enough money for this piano when my sweeties were younger…

DIY Decorating Living Room @ItsOverflowing

…this age to be precise!  They’ve each had some lessons, but for the most part they do their own expressive interpretations.  Maybe we’ll start up lessons again!?!

New Piano-21

And that’s it!  Our not very formal — formal living and dining!  The kitchen remodel is peeking through the below picture — we were on a total budget so when someone left a comment accusing me of not really DIY refacing the cabinets, but replacing them with IKEA cabinets, I was totally flattered!  They were totally serious and then after reading more about our kitchen remodel was SUPER sweet to stop by and leave me another comment letting me know that she realized I was for real about our DIYing (is that a verb)?!

Living Room Decor 2 @ItsOverflowing

I’ll be sharing more of my rancher real soon!!!

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  1. Kathy says:

    Love the mix of patterns on the sofa!!!

  2. Corinna Ashley says:

    You have a beautiful home! And I love some of your storage solutions, I definitely am going to try some of those out!


  3. Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    Love everything, just gorgeous Aimee!

    • Aimee says:

      Thanks Julia!!! I hope you’re having a blast in Germany! XO, Aimee

  4. It does not surprise me that your home sold so quickly. It just feels like a loving home and the lucky people who got it will make more great memories there!Can’t wait to get to see more of this and your new home…–aimee

    • Aimee says:

      Thanks so much Aimee! 🙂 XO, Aimee

  5. You know that the name of this blog is spot on it is overflowing with awesomeness…….

  6. wishing you a fast sale of the house. Looks wonderful

    • Aimee says:

      Thanks SO MUCH Daniela! XO, Aimee

  7. Emily says:

    Very Beautiful Aimee! Looks amazing!

    Emily @

    • Aimee says:

      Thanks Emily! It’s been a fun space to play with for sure! XO, Aimee

  8. Krista @thehappyhousie says:

    What a beautiful space Aimee… you did a wonderful job adding so many pretty unique custom touches to it!

    • Aimee says:

      You are so kind Krista! XO, Aimee

  9. Moni ~ Zu Haus at Home says:

    Beautiful home and memories made – the picture of the children is precious!!

    • Aimee says:

      Thanks Moni! XO, Aimee

  10. Denise says:

    Gorgeous!! Love the idea of baskets under the hutch!!

    • Aimee says:

      Thanks Denise! Small houses = look for storage solutions EVERYWHERE! 🙂 XO, Aimee

  11. Kim {plumberry pie} says:

    Beautiful! Question, love your floors too and can see why you will miss them…do you know the stain color? thanks!