Refreshed Family Room
Fresh clean walls feel so good right now. Our family room received a slight refresh to start the new year. The color change is barely noticeable: from SW 6198 Sensible Hue to SW 7022 Alpaca. Lighter and warmer. When facing a repaint, I often change colors to justify the amount of work involved.
Most of the Christmas decorations went away while prepping to paint. But, typically, as long as there's snow on the ground, the decorations stay. Santa Bear was found at a local thrift shop; he received a new handmade hat and scarf.
The basement palette is much softer than what we have upstairs, evocative of what we had in our Zimmerman home when I discovered French country thanks to the many lovely shops in town. The patina of this minty green sideboard is amazing. Of course, I love my mirrors!
Another amazing piece discovered in our local thrift shop. I've been adding more bamboo and wicker elements to our home in recent years.
Can you believe I broke down and bought recliners?! While they still don't fit my style, they suit my comfort needs as I've gotten older. The rustic stool was found at a garage sale in town. Chairs from Schneiderman's.
I have to share a close-up and an admission: I LOVE textile art. This piece (sans frame) was found at one of my favorite shops in Stillwater: The Lived In Room. The frame was purchased years ago at a garage sale in town -- it's been waiting for something special; I love the juxtaposition of ornate formality with colorful whimsy.
Besides art, chartreuse dining chairs add a fun pop of color, repeated on the dresser in the adjoining space (to be shared later on). The table is a fairly new addition to this space, and needs some TLC -- stay tuned.
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Raised on a farm in Rushford, Minnesota, one of nine children. Graduated from Winona State University in 2001. Majored in English Writing and Minored in Women's Studies and Art. Studied Interior Design at Dakota County Technical College from 2004-05. Married Benjamin Ries of Vermillion, Minnesota, in August of 2005. Moved to Spearfish, South Dakota (thus putting Interior Design studies on hold) in September 2005. Welcomed children Adelaide in 2006 and Rusty in 2007. Moved to Zimmerman. Minnesota in December of 2007, then to El Paso, Wisconsin in May of 2011.