Updates on Our Family Room Built-Ins

I can without a doubt say that the best money we spent in our condo was installing our built-ins. I mean just look at this before & after…family-room-before-built-insaugusta-family-room-built-ins

These babies were not cheap, but they are the main focal point of our entire condo. They definitely upped the value of our home, they have lots of storage in the bottom cabinets, and they have plenty of little cubbies to show off our favorite decor items and precious memories.

built-ins-shelves-family-roomAll in all…MONEY WELL SPENT.

Tweaking the built-ins

This area of our home really hasn’t changed much since I last wrote about them back in March. But I did recently swap out the silver hardware, for some matte black knobs and I’m loving this small tweak. black-hardware-built-ins

When the carpenter first installed the built-ins, he told me to have hardware ready to go and he could install all of the knobs on the cabinets that day too. But (as you guys now know) I like to reaalllly think things through before I do anything…and there was just no way I was going to have my ideal hardware picked out and ready for him. Luckily, my mom had just re-done her kitchen and had plenty of silver knobs leftover so I used those as temporary placeholders.

Here they are…cabinet-knobs

They’re not bad, but they just weren’t my style.

It only took me about 9 months of living with them to make the switch to ones I liked much better. new-hardware-back-knobs-cabinets

These matte black ones remind me of the black hooks next to our bright white board and batten in the hallway. And they also go with the black legs on our new marble kitchen table. I’m trying to incorporate more hints of black through our home, and this is an easy way to do that. new-black-knobs-home-depot

They’ve also got a contemporary style, and (my favorite part) they were relatively inexpensive. Which is great when you have to buy 8 of them.
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I’ve also made the shelves a bit more minimalistic, and a tad less colorful. Sometimes open shelves like this can look pretty darn busy, and it’s important for me to only display items that I absolutely l-o-v-e. built-in-entertainment-center-living-roomwide-shot-augusta-built-ins-family-room

I’m still searching for a new couch and the struggle is real. A light gray, contemporary (yet comfortable) sectional that won’t cost me an arm & a leg. Hmmm…still haven’t found the perfect one! I’m very open to suggestions!couch-pillows-family-room-built-ins

But until I find the perfect sofa, I’ve upgraded a few of our pillows & throws. The gray blanket is from West Elm (it’s out of stock, but this one is similar) and I adore the little tassels on the end. family-room-window-treatment-29And our blogging friend Danielle (from Danielle Oakey interiors) has a new pillow shoppillow-danielle-oakey-couch

Don’t you just love this black and white mudcloth one? The quality is unreal.

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To be perfectly honest, I know these built-ins will never truly be “finished.” Instead I will be constantly arranging and re-arranging them until we move out someday. But it’s just so fun to have such a large “canvas” to play!dining-family-room-built-ins

It’s crazy to think how much this entire large room has changed over the span of 1 year. Let’s hope the next time we chat about this space, I have a little more clarity when it comes to the couch situation. We’ll see…casey_sig

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  • Amy

    I don’t know if Ashley Furniture is nationwide, but we are lucky to have a liquidation center really close to home. Everything is purchase as is, but the sales people have a lite wiggle room if you see any imperfections and still want the item. They definitely have contemporary grey sectionals and the quality and price is great!

    • I hadn’t thought of Ashley Furniture! We do have them here in Chicago…not sure about any outlets/liquidation centers. I like that idea because you can definitely see/feel it in person before buying!

  • Amy

    I don’t know if Ashley Furniture is nationwide, but we are lucky to have a liquidation center really close to home. Everything is purchase as is, but the sales people have a lite wiggle room if you see any imperfections and still want the item. They definitely have contemporary grey sectionals and the quality and price is great!

    • I hadn’t thought of Ashley Furniture! We do have them here in Chicago…not sure about any outlets/liquidation centers. I like that idea because you can definitely see/feel it in person before buying!

  • Paige Scheetz

    I FINALLY got to see this BEAUTIFUL home in person last weekend…..It is as lovely as it photographs! Even better!

    • You are too sweet Aunt Paige! I loved having you over 🙂

  • Gretchen Braun

    What a difference this made! It looks AMAZING!

    • Thanks so much Gretchen. We really love them.

  • Gretchen Braun

    What a difference this made! It looks AMAZING!

    • Thanks so much Gretchen. We really love them.

  • Kandice

    We have the light gray Karlstadd sectional from Ikea. It’s comfortable and slip-covered (but not in a noticeable way). I’ve loved it since we got it!

    • I’ve heard really good things about that sectional too! Thanks for the advice Kandice!

  • Kandice

    We have the light gray Karlstadd sectional from Ikea. It’s comfortable and slip-covered (but not in a noticeable way). I’ve loved it since we got it!

    • I’ve heard really good things about that sectional too! Thanks for the advice Kandice!

  • You are too sweet Aunt Paige! I loved having you over 🙂

  • Kristen Ayotte

    Your built-ins are amazing! We’re planning to add built-ins around our fireplace and I’m looking forward to having all the space for storage and decor. Good luck with your couch hunt…have you tried Costco? They had a few sectionals when I was there a few weeks ago.

    • Thanks so much Kristen! I never even thought about that. Great idea, and probably good prices…

  • Kristen Ayotte

    Your built-ins are amazing! We’re planning to add built-ins around our fireplace and I’m looking forward to having all the space for storage and decor. Good luck with your couch hunt…have you tried Costco? They had a few sectionals when I was there a few weeks ago.

    • Thanks so much Kristen! I never even thought about that. Great idea, and probably good prices…

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl love your built ins! So cool! Good luck on the couch!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girl love your built ins! So cool! Good luck on the couch!

  • Erin

    i totally thought of emily henderson’s blog in terms of couches. I’m sure you follow her, but here’s a couple posts that may help in terms of couches.

    https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/budget-living-room-modern-farmhouse?_sft_category=roundups

    and her round ups! i love her round ups! one of them is bound to be a gray you’ll love!

    https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/84-affordable-amazing-sofas-1000?_sft_category=roundups

    and that built in <3

    • We are obsessed with Emily Henderson. She is seriously the best. And yes…love her round-ups! Good idea to start there for sourcing.

  • Erin

    i totally thought of emily henderson’s blog in terms of couches. I’m sure you follow her, but here’s a couple posts that may help in terms of couches.

    https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/budget-living-room-modern-farmhouse?_sft_category=roundups

    and her round ups! i love her round ups! one of them is bound to be a gray you’ll love!

    https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/84-affordable-amazing-sofas-1000?_sft_category=roundups

    and that built in <3

    • We are obsessed with Emily Henderson. She is seriously the best. And yes…love her round-ups! Good idea to start there for sourcing.

  • Austin Schneider

    Love this! I’m constantly rearranging my bookshelves, but unfortunately (at least for styling purposes), I have so many books that it’s hard to keep things from looking cluttered and stuffed. I’m constantly purging my collection, but I can never seem to get it down low enough to look minimal, but that’s a worthwhile sacrifice in my book (no pun intended) to be surrounded by books I love. The shelves look great! Can’t wait to see how you continue to play with them.

    • A full bookshelf is a great look too! And so perfect to be surrounded by items that you love!

  • Austin Schneider

    Love this! I’m constantly rearranging my bookshelves, but unfortunately (at least for styling purposes), I have so many books that it’s hard to keep things from looking cluttered and stuffed. I’m constantly purging my collection, but I can never seem to get it down low enough to look minimal, but that’s a worthwhile sacrifice in my book (no pun intended) to be surrounded by books I love. The shelves look great! Can’t wait to see how you continue to play with them.

    • A full bookshelf is a great look too! And so perfect to be surrounded by items that you love!

  • Jill Steinwender

    Still looks amazing! I’m wondering why you put most of your books ‘backwards’ on the shelves-trying to reduce the colors or to keep things matching more? I’ve never thought about that but then it would also make it difficult to find a book you were looking for!

    • You’re right..pretty much to make it a tad less colorful. I have to admit I mostly read books off of my kindle these days. So most of the books throughout my home are ones that I love and don’t want to get rid of, but I rarely flip through them. There have been times when my husband has been frantically searching for a book and I always ask him the size & color so I can find it more easily haha!

  • Jill Steinwender

    Still looks amazing! I’m wondering why you put most of your books ‘backwards’ on the shelves-trying to reduce the colors or to keep things matching more? I’ve never thought about that but then it would also make it difficult to find a book you were looking for!

    • You’re right..pretty much to make it a tad less colorful. I have to admit I mostly read books off of my kindle these days. So most of the books throughout my home are ones that I love and don’t want to get rid of, but I rarely flip through them. There have been times when my husband has been frantically searching for a book and I always ask him the size & color so I can find it more easily haha!

  • Have you looked at Macy’s yet (for a couch/sectional)? We got ours there a few years ago and could not be happier. We bought the Radley (comes in different colors/configurations) but there are other styles too that you might like. I think the Ainsley was similar but a little more modern. Jonathan Louis is the actual brand of the couch though. It is sooo comfy, easy to clean and has held its shape extremely well. Highly recommend. 🙂

    • Bridget’s sectional is actually from Macy’s and she LOVES hers! So maybe I should check them out! Love that yours is comfy, easy to clean, and holds it’s shape…that’s exactly what I need!

  • Have you looked at Macy’s yet (for a couch/sectional)? We got ours there a few years ago and could not be happier. We bought the Radley (comes in different colors/configurations) but there are other styles too that you might like. I think the Ainsley was similar but a little more modern. Jonathan Louis is the actual brand of the couch though. It is sooo comfy, easy to clean and has held its shape extremely well. Highly recommend. 🙂

    • Bridget’s sectional is actually from Macy’s and she LOVES hers! So maybe I should check them out! Love that yours is comfy, easy to clean, and holds it’s shape…that’s exactly what I need!

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  • Nicole

    The white built-in unit looks absolutely amazing! And you seriously did such a lovely job with the accessories! But I hear ya about it never being “finished”… I just have a bookcase and I always find myself rearranging things on it.

    • Yeah it’s never really done is it? But it sure is fun to keep rearranging!

  • Nicole

    The white built-in unit looks absolutely amazing! And you seriously did such a lovely job with the accessories! But I hear ya about it never being “finished”… I just have a bookcase and I always find myself rearranging things on it.

    • Yeah it’s never really done is it? But it sure is fun to keep rearranging!