A Night In
[Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Article. All opinions and photography are our own and are not influenced by Article.]
We are so excited for today’s post (or shall we say this evening’s post?), because we’re doing something that you’ve never seen before here on The DIY Playbook. We’re showing photos from our space at night.
As bloggers, we are always showcasing our homes during the day when it’s bright and light outside. Rarely do you ever see these rooms when the sun goes down, and that’s often when these spaces really come to life. Who doesn’t love the slow pace of an evening in, simply relaxing and enjoying your home?
A Night In
When Kim & Julia asked us to partake in their A Night In series, we were overjoyed at the opportunity to give you a glimpse into one of our spaces at nighttime. I decided to showcase my family room, and Bridget volunteered to come over to photograph a regular weekday night in the Finn household.
Casey’s Family Room – Daytime
You guys often see my family room like this…
The shades are up, the sun is streaming through our large windows, and it’s a very bright and light space. But at night, this room takes on a totally different feeling.
Casey’s Family Room – Nighttime
It’s moodier, warmer, and a bit comfier during the evening hours.
Our Evening Routine
Finn and I have a bit of a routine when we get settled for a night in. First, we change out of our work clothes and get our comfiest clothes on. For me, that usually means yoga pants and my favorite slippers.
I then turn off any of the harsh overhead lighting, dim the kitchen lights, and I switch on our lamps.
Finn puts our shades down, and when that happens it instantly gets extra cozy in our space. Instead of the expanse of our street outside, the family room turns into a little cocoon just meant for us two.
A lit candle is a must, and I just added this one to our coffee table. Such a fresh scent and adds major ambiance to our dimly lit space.
On Thursdays, we usually relax with a cocktail because it’s practically the weekend! And if we have overscheduled weekends (which seems to be the case lately!), this is always a nice time to sit together and hang just us two.
Makers on the rocks is Finn’s drink of choice. While I prefer a glass of champs. If we’re just sitting and chatting, our new leather chair from Article is always a comfy spot for one of us to take a seat and relax. It’s kinda the coveted spot in our family room, so whoever sits their butt down first gets dibs. Ha!
But the couch area is super comfortable too, and we upped the cozy factor with this sheepskin and a new pillow from Article. It’s those little touches that really make the space extra comfortable and luxurious for us. We also corral our blankets in this basket, and wrap ourselves up on the couch when it’s chilly outside. In the morning, I always come out here and straighten everything up. I’ll fold the blankets and stuff them back in…only to be taken out again 12 hours later.
It’s these simple nights in that are truly my favorite. I feel like they really capture the stage of life we’re currently in…just us two, working hard during the day, and relaxing together at night.
Be sure to check out the nighttime rituals from the other bloggers taking part in the A Night In series, we are so honored to be among such a talented group and can’t thank Kim & Julia enough for having us!
- Julia & Chris Marcum, Chris Loves Julia
- Kim & Scott Vargo, Yellow Brick Home
- Daniel Kanter, Manhattan Nest
- Jen Jones, I Heart Organizing
- Blair Stakey, The Fox & She
- Sarah Gibson, Room for Tuesday
- Anna Liesemeyer, In Honor of Design
- Ashley Goldman, The Gold Hive
And if you’re new around here, come to see our entire home (but this time during the day) right here!
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.