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November Favorites

November Favorites: The most loved items from last month.


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Holiday Movie List

Sharing my holiday movie list for your viewing pleasure.

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Last month, I watched Father of the Bride for the very first time! I didn’t grow up watching movies and never really got into movies as an adult. “I’m not a movie person,” I declared to Brian. But after watching FOTB and LOVING it, something clicked.  Perhaps, I haven’t been watching the right movies!

I shared my FOTB moment on my Instagram stories and hundreds of messages flooded in with classic movie recommendations! Cue all the Nancy Meyers references. Can you believe that I had no idea who she was before this?!  Simultaneously, I had messages from others who wanted me to share the movie list because they, too, felt the same as I did towards movies.  Thank you to everyone for making holiday movie nights a thing for me. If you’re looking for some good holiday movie recommendations, see the list below.

Holiday Movie Recommendations for Grown-ups:

Please note: I have not looked up ratings or researched these movies, yet. This list encompasses all of the recommendations from my Instagram community. 

**Indicates multiple recommendations

  • Father of The Bride**
  • Father of the Bride – Part 2**
  • Father of the Bride Original with Spencer Tracy**
  • The Holiday**
  • Love Actually**
  • You’ve Got Mail**
  • Serendipity**
  • The Proposal**
  • Time Traveler’s Wife
  • The Notebook**
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  • Dirty Dancing**
  • Top Gun
  • Age of Adeline
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Ticket to Paradise
  • Sleepless in Seattle**
  • Sense & Sensibility**
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • The Family Man
  • The Sound of Music
  • Ben Hur
  • Family Stone**
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • Bridget Jones Diary
  • About a Boy
  • 4 Weddings and A Funeral
  • Notting Hill**
  • While You Were Sleeping**
  • Sabrina
  • Little Women
  • Home for the Holidays
  • When Harry Met Sally**
  • Stepmom**
  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • The First Wive’s Club
  • Pretty Woman
  • Julie & Julia
  • Devil Wears Prada
  • Pride & Prejudice**
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Leap Year
  • Working Girl
  • Baby Boom
  • Under the Tuscan Sun**
  • Sister Act
  • Mamma Mia
  • Sweet Home Alabama**
  • A Walk to Remember
  • It’s a Wonderful Life**
  • About Time**
  • The Terminal
  • Out of Africa
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Steel Magnolias**
  • Don’t Tell Mom, The Babysitter’s Dead
  • Clueless
  • Because I Said So
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • 15 Going on 30
  • Dan in Real Life
  • Runaway Bride
  • Point Break
  • La La Land
  • Legally Blonde
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Scent of a Woman
  • Overboard
  • Return to Me
  • An Affair to Remember
  • The Bishop’s Wife (with Cary Grant)
  • Indiscreet
  • Practical Magic
  • The Gathering (with Ed Asner and Maureen Stapleton)
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Auntie Mame
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • It’s Complicated
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • White Christmas
  • Waking Ned Devine
  • The Wedding Date

Holiday Comedy Movie Recommendations for Grown-ups:

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Tommy Boy
  • Great Outdoors with John Candy**
  • Uncle Buck with John Candy**
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles with John Candy**
  • Old School
  • Wedding Crashers
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation**

Holiday Movie Recommendations for the Entire Family:

  • Mary Poppins
  • Home Alone**
  • Home Alone – Part 2**
  • Elf
  • The Grinch
  • The Parent Trap**
  • The Princess Bride**


Grab some popcorn and enjoy! Wishing you the happiest of holidays!


Sweetest Regards, Patti

Holiday 2023 Round Ups

This is where you can find my holiday round ups for 2023 to give ideas and inspiration for when you’re ready to decorate. Hopefully, you can use what you already have but if you’re looking for new items, I’d advise to not wait too long to order.  Two years ago, I ordered my copper velvet ribbon right after Thanksgiving and it arrived two days before Christmas. After using only real garlands for years, I ordered some faux ones two years ago but could only get my hands on a few because they sold out when I was ready to order.

However and whenever you choose to decorate, may the holiday seasons bring you the true meaning of joy, appreciation and thankfulness.


I’m starting off my Holiday 2023 Round Ups with ribbons. I’ll update frequently so check back often for ideas and inspiration!

1. Ribbon Round Ups

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2. Garland Round Ups

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3. Wreath Round Ups

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Happy Holidays!

Sweetest Regards, Patti

October Favorites 2023

October 2023 Favorites: The most loved items from last month.

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The Perfect Kid’s Gift Idea for Bluey Fans

Our kids’ current favorite show is Bluey.  It’s also my favorite to watch with them.  And I know I’m not the only parent that enjoys this lovable family-friendly cartoon. On my last girls’ trip, my mom friends all declared their adoration for Bluey. Moose Toys just released their brand-new Bluey Hammerbarn Shopping Playset and it’s the perfect kid’s gift for the little Bluey fans in your life. But basically, it’s also a gift of quiet time for you!

Brian and I are very selective with what our children watch on screen and Bluey checks all the boxes for being on our watch list. It’s relatable, teaches them empathy and addresses some difficult topics in a light-hearted way. If you’re looking for some great kid’s gift ideas for your little Bluey fan, I’m so excited to partner with Moose Toys to share some new product details, including the Bluey Hammerbarn Shopping Playset! I’ve also included some activity ideas, too, so keep on reading for all the details!

Jack is not the best with independent play. But he also has a hard time participating in the things his big sisters are interested in. Often times they end up arguing and I find myself facilitating what they can play with, together. However, since receiving the new Bluey toys, they have played with it for 30 min to 1.5 hrs! I love that not only are they getting along, but they’re also using their imaginations.

(Read about Jack’s Nursery Transition into a Big Kid Bedroom Here)

The best part is that Jack will actually play with the Bluey toys on his own!  The toys are currently stationed in his room and he enjoys playing with them when he gets up. His cousin, who’s a year younger, was over the other day and he was so excited to show him!

Here are the Bluey Product Details that Make Perfect Kid’s Gifts:

  • Hammerbarn Shopping PlaysetPick up a pizza oven (and a gnome or two) with the Hammerbarn Shopping Playset sold here! This all-new playset stands huge at over 22″ tall and comes with exclusive figures – Hammerbarn Bluey and Shopping Bingo. With 9 play areas and tons of fun features, your little one will have hours of fun with this enormous playset. There’s a real working lift to place Bluey and Bingo in so they can ride up and down to the 4 different levels. Plus, your kids will love using the shopping trolley return to watch the trolley spin around as it returns to the ground floor! With plenty of lights and 45+ sound effects, this playset brings the action to life! There are a whopping 15 play pieces included in the set and heaps of stickers to decorate with!

  • Action Heroes 2-Pack: Get ready for action with Bluey in her karate outfit and Jet Pack Bingo! Make sure to keep an eye out for falling hippos!

  • Pass the Parcel 4-Pack: It’s time to celebrate with Bluey, Bingo, Lucky’s Dad and Lila! Bluey and Bingo have their party hats on and there’s even a parcel that can be unwrapped to reveal a water squirter!

  • Bingo’s Helicopter: Bingo is ready to take the controls wearing her communication headset. Place her in the cockpit of the helicopter, rotate the propellers and lift off! In need of a tune up? No worries! Bingo’s prepared for anything with her toolkit.

  • Bluey’s Escape ConvertibleThe car Bluey and Bingo draw in the episode “Escape” has been brought to life! Now you can take off on your own imaginative, fast-paced adventure with Bluey’s Escape Convertible! Butler Bluey won’t go hungry with the food and drinks she’s taking along, and she even has a camera to capture the journey!

Some Activity Ideas:

The playsets are also great for kids to build off their imagination and create their own activities.  Here are some ideas:

  • Build your own husband gnome! Collect some empty toilet paper rolls and decorate with craft paper so your little one can have their own Hecuba or Gerald (don’t forget the shovel!).
  • Let your little one take on a home improvement project for themselves! They can make a paper chain, handprint plants, or hang up some fairy lights to decorate their room.
  • It’s everything we want! Take a trip to your local Hammerbarn (home improvement store) to pick up some paint chips and turn them into a mosaic.

Are these not the perfect kid’s gift idea for your little Bluey Fans?  These toys will surely keep them busy. Being a parent is a full-time job and sometimes we just need a moment of peace. That gift of quiet time is priceless and you deserve it!



Sweetest Regards, Patti

September Favorites

September Favorites: The most loved items from last month.

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Fall Home Decor Inspiration – Part 1

I’m a summer gal through and through. Born in Laos, raised in California and somehow I ended up in Minnesota! I used to dread summer ending and the beginning of fall. But I’ve learned that I can embrace the new season by looking forward to making my home feel warm, snuggly and cozy with some decor switch-ups.

Here are my early fall home decor inspiration that I’ve pulled together for when you’re ready to let go of summer and welcome the cooler autumn temps. I’ll add a few more later as I explore other retailers when the mood strikes!

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How to Make Homemade Pizza Using the Pizza Oven

Brian loves to try new things in the kitchen. For years, he has attempted to make homemade pizza.  They never turned out quite right and he figured out that the secret weapon was having the right pizza oven. His Christmas present to himself was an Ooni Koda 16 Pizza Oven Bundle. It included the oven, perforated pizza peel and waterproof cover.

Brian’s first attempt with the Ooni oven in the frigid weather.

Brian read the Ooni blog, watched YouTube videos and bought all the proper ingredients to make the pizza dough and sauce. To his surprise, the first couple of pizzas came out perfectly! They were absolutely delicious! I’m talking restaurant quality delicious. Since purchasing the pizza oven in December, he’s made about 20 pizzas total – including for our oldest daughter’s birthday party. Ava’s best friend exclaimed that it was the best pizza she’s ever had! This is not to say that every launch into the oven has been perfect (a few times a hole has torn in the crust) but overall, it has made him confident in his homemade pizza making skills. This post is not sponsored by Ooni (as always, all opinions are our own) but he credits a lot of this to the Ooni blog and is sharing his experience in this post with some helpful tips.

If you’re serious about making the perfect homemade pizza, keep on reading!

Tools You’ll Need:

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Note: This is for the 16 inch. If you have the 12 inch, refer to the Ooni blog here.

Brian’s tip: Buy quality ingredients, they make a huge difference.

1. Pizza Dough (three 330 gram dough balls – freeze what you don’t make)

2. Pizza Sauce (for about six 16 inch pizzas – freeze what you don’t need)

  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) extra-virgin olive oil – Ooni blog suggests this
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
  • 4 cups (800 grams) canned whole plum tomatoes – Ooni blog suggests San Marzano
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) sugar, heaped
  • 1 teaspoon (8 grams) salt, or more to taste
  • Handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

3. Toppings

  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage (cook ground Italian sausage on the stove top in a skillet pan)
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (torn into chunks)
  • Basil for Margherita pizza

Let’s Make Homemade Pizza!

Making Pizza Sauce

Source Ooni Blog

  1. Place the oil in a pan over medium heat. When warm, add the garlic and cook until softened but not brown (not more than a minute).

  2. Pour the can of plum tomatoes into a bowl and use a masher or fork to break them apart and crush them down. Pour the tomatoes into the pan.

  3. Add all the remaining ingredients, then simmer on low heat for 45 minutes, or until the flavor has deepened and the sauce has thickened slightly. Adjust seasoning to taste.

  4. This sauce can be used straight away, or placed in an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to a week, ready to be used as required.

    Tip: Make more sauce than you needed or just want to have some on-hand in a pinch? No problem. This pizza sauce freezes well for quick and easy use. Just place the sauce in sealable freezer-safe bags, remove all of the air, then lay them flat in the freezer. They’ll be great for up to six months. To use, defrost overnight in the fridge or use your microwave setting. If you find that the sauce has thinned out at all, give it a quick reheat on your stovetop until warmed through!

Making Pizza Dough

Source Ooni Blog

  1. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add the active dry yeast, using a whisk to thoroughly mix until blended. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and salt together, then pour it into the water.

  2. If using a mixer: Fit the mixer with the dough hook and pour the flour and yeast mixture into the mixer bowl. Turn the machine on at a low speed for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it’s firm and stretchy. Cover the dough with a dish towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

    If mixing by hand: Stir with a wooden spoon until a dough starts to form. Continue mixing by hand until the pizza dough comes together in a ball. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead with both hands for about 10 minutes, until it’s firm and stretchy. Return the dough to the bowl. Cover with a dish towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

    Tip: Make more dough than you need, or just want to have some on hand in a pinch? No problem. The best time to freeze your homemade pizza dough is after the first rise (after it’s doubled in size). Once your dough has doubled in size, divide it into equal dough balls. Make sure you’ve put a light layer of olive oil into your containers to prevent the dough from sticking. Place the dough balls into separate containers with lids, and place in the freezer. You can freeze your dough balls for up to 3 months.

  3. When the dough is ready, divide it into 3 or 4 equal pieces, depending on the size of pizza you’re making (either 12- or 16-inches wide). Place each piece of dough in a separate bowl or tray, cover with a dish towel and leave to rise in a warm place for another 30 to 60 minutes, or until doubled in size.

    Tip: Always start with a perfectly rounded ball of dough. This helps to keep the shape of the base circular during the stretching process.

    pizza dough

  4. Before stretching and topping your dough, fire up your oven and allow it to preheat for 15 to 20 minutes. Aim for 850 °F and 950 °F (450 °C and 500 °C) on your baking stone. You can check this quickly, accurately and from a safe distance with an infrared thermometer.

    Brian’s tip: Prep all of the toppings before stretching the dough to form the pizza crust.  The longer the crust sits, the more it will stick to the peel.

  5. When the dough is ready, place the ball on a lightly floured surface, flour your hands and use your fingertips to press the dough into a small, flat disc. Working from the center, push the dough outwards while spreading your fingers, making the disc slightly bigger. Pick up the dough and gently pinch it all around the edge, allowing gravity to pull it downwards into a circle. Neapolitan-style pizza bases are very thin, so you should be able to see through the base when you hold it up to the light. Take care when doing this, as you don’t want it to tear.

    Brian’s tip: Watch a few YouTube videos on making dough balls and forming the crust for Neapolitan style pizza to learn different techniques and tips.  Don’t be intimidated, even if you don’t master it, the pizza will taste great and you’ll continue to get better! 

  6. Once the dough is fully stretched, lightly flour your pizza peel and lay the base on it. If at this point you see any small holes in the dough, gently pinch them back together. Brian’s Tip: Dust the peel with Semolina Flour which helps with the launching process. Always make sure to put the pizza dough on the peel before putting on sauce and toppings.


Add Toppings

Once you’re happy with the base, it’s time to add the toppings. Spread the pizza sauce evenly across, add the mozzarella cheese and pepperoni or veggies (unless they’re delicate herbs like basil, arugula, etc.).

Brian’s tip: For sausage, Brian prefers to cook it first and then wait to add it until he’s turned the pizza in the oven so he doesn’t overcook it. He also suggests buying a basil plant because the cost isn’t much more than fresh basil sprigs and it will be something you can continue to use fresh off the plant.

Cook in Pizza Oven

When your oven is hot enough, launch your pizza (slide off peel) and cook it for 1 to 2 minutes, turning every 20 seconds to ensure an even bake. Remove from the oven, (add whole fresh basil leaves for Margherita pizza), slice and serve!


Now that he has the basics down perfectly, there are so many possibilities! It’s such a fun way to include kids in cooking and the results are delicious! My favorite is the spicy sausage but I love them all! What toppings should we try next?

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Sources for Our Basement Family Room

I’m sharing all the sources for our basement family room in this post! The movie area was revealed on Tuesday on my insta and questions came flooding in. I’m beyond thankful for your kind words regarding the transformation and excited to share more of the sources here!

Wall Color is Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige

For more before and after photos, make sure to check out this post.


Basement family room design board. Alternatives linked for items that are no longer available

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Thanks again for all of the love on the reveal of the movie area.  We plan to update the play area on the other side as well. Our thought is to replace the countertop and build cabinets to place on top of it. I will share all the progress on my IG stories so make sure to tune into my stories weekly!

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before and after

How We Transformed Our Basement Into Our Dream Family Room

Photos by Wing @ Canary Grey

Explore our basement’s transformation from a plain box room with no design elements to the elevated, timeless family room of our dreams. How’d we do it? Using some paint, molding and cozy, kid-friendly furniture made with Sunbrella fabrics that will endure the test of time, both in style and function. You won’t even believe that this is the same room!


I used to rarely take pictures of our family room. There are a couple of reasons for that. The biggest one? We don’t bring our phones down there. This is a space we use for play and relaxation, and we try to be intentional about those things in the Wagner household. So, when we spend quality time down there, we leave our phones upstairs. And honestly…it’s a really nice break!


If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that our family room is in the basement. It’s always been the most relaxed part of our home. It’s the only room with a tv, and we love to watch movies down there with the kids. There’s nothing cozier than a family movie night on a cold Minnesota winter evening.

Between the tv, all the kids’ toys, and our trusty beverage fridge, this room is never lacking in entertainment or respite from a hectic day. It’s the best room for unwinding and blowing off some steam. The kids could go absolutely bananas because they knew it’s not the place where Mommy’s nice things live.

Which brings me to the next reason I rarely take pictures of this room. Until recently, it hasn’t been that aesthetically pleasing.


We finished out our basement space about 8 years ago, but in all that time, we’ve never taken on the project of designing it to our taste. With the chaos of raising 3 young kiddos, renovations to our rental properties, and bringing together the design elements of the more visible parts of our home, the basement family room never made it onto our priority list.

Also, it’s nice to have a room we don’t have to worry about messing up. With a lot of our upstairs furniture, we don’t let the kids jump on it or be all over it after playing outside and getting dirty. But in our family room, the former couch was a second-hand, steal-of-a-deal piece, the back counter was a collect-all for junk, and there was never a time that you didn’t see at least a handful of toys scattered about. You can’t really mess up what’s already messy.

Up until now, this had worked. While we were grateful to have scored the couch for just $100, its fabric wasn’t durable nor stain-resistant. I was getting tired of scrubbing juice and after wet-mushed-goldfish-cracker stains, out of it. My kids are 4, 6, and 9 years old, so spills are going to happen, but I began to feel my designer’s itch to beautify the space and make it more our style.

Brian and I always knew that eventually we’d want to upgrade the basement family room and make it cohesive with the rest of our home. So we started to dream up some ideas, see my design board here.


The rest of our home is rich in character from 1920’s architectural elements, and lovingly curated with my favorite classic timeless pieces, but the basement family room was kind of just a plain white shoebox. High in function but void of personality. Free from both worry and inspiration.

And now that our youngest is 4, and officially phasing out of toddlerdom (tears!), we felt the time was right to give our family room a much-deserved makeover. We love this room for all the sweet memories it has given us over the years, and we figured it was time we gave it some love back. With exciting possibilities energizing us, we started planning and decided to split the room into 2 main areas:

  1. Entertainment/movie area 
  2. Playroom/craft area 

We started with the entertainment/movie area which is the focus of this blog post. We wanted to enjoy our regular activities down there, while also being surrounded by a beautiful space we love. With this in mind, we came up with 3 main goals to accomplish. I couldn’t be happier with where we’ve landed, and I’m so excited to show you this transformation!

Basement Family Room Update Goal #1 — Maximize the space with the use of wall molding


In order to distract from our low 7’ ceiling, we decided to incorporate wall molding. I’ve been wanting to try wall molding in this house for forever, but the right opportunity had yet to present itself. The family room makeover was the perfect chance to test our hand at this.


Molding we used

Design experts advise if you have low ceilings, go with a narrow vertical box column. This is supposed to create the illusion of a heightened ceiling. However, after spending quite a bit of time mapping out 5 different options with thin blue painter’s tape, Brian and I ended up rebelling and choosing a square box shape with chair railing. It was our favorite and we went for it! 

You can see pictures of the different molding designs we tested out, as well as the stunning images I referenced for inspiration here. *Note that we mapped out the molding with tape first before painting. Then after we painted, we installed the molding.

Basement Family Room Update Goal #2 — Counter the effects of little natural light by choosing a warm, soft, paint color


I love dark and moody colors, but after testing out multiple paint swatches in different areas of the room, it became clear that we needed to choose a lighter one.

We started with 7 different options. We painted them in good sized swatches on different walls and looked at them throughout the day as the sun shifted. You need to see how artificial and natural light hits each color, to get a more accurate idea of which one best suits your space.

Due to the limited amount of natural light coming into this room, the colors that had a brown base were looking too muddy. If you want a little chuckle, check out my Instagram highlight stories labeled “Family Room” to see what the kids thought it looked like.

Benjamin Moore “Tapestry Beige” was the winner! Benjamin Moore “Pale Oak” and Farrow & Ball “Mizzle” were really close seconds. 

Basement Family Room Update Goal #3 — Keep the space family-friendly with the use of worry-free Sunbrella Fabrics


The last thing we wanted was for our beloved family room to become stuffy. We don’t want the sweet memories of snuggling to movies as a family, eating popcorn while enjoying our beverages and laughing as we play with the kids, to evolve into, “Let’s not touch that please!” and “Not on the new sofa!” That’s not fun for anyone. Who wants to take on the task of a family room transformation, only to have the end result be one that you can’t really enjoy? (No one.)

I needed a way to keep things kid-friendly, while also upleveling the décor. So, I was thrilled for another opportunity to partner with Sunbrella. If you’re updating a family room space where comfortable, long-lasting, stain-resistant and easy-to-clean fabrics are top of mind, I highly recommend checking into Sunbrella fabrics. 


Furniture made with Sunbrella fabric is available at many retailers, allowing you to select a Sunbrella fabric for your custom piece. I browsed through classic and lush Sunbrella fabric sofas, and saw tons of inspiring variations of colors and textures. Think classic style meets the ultimate trusted brand in fabric durability. It’s a match made in heaven. Literally!

The very first piece we selected is this Pottery Barn Square Arm Slipcovered Sectional with Sunbrella Performance Sahara Weave fabric in Ivory.

Slipcovered Sectional | Upholstered Storage Ottoman | Pillows |Flatweave RugPanel Molding

We’re so happy to own our very first sectional! Our old couch was small, and didn’t fit our whole family at the same time. We wanted a sofa that allowed everyone to snuggle together but not too oversized for this room, so the 110.5″ width sectional was the best choice. It actually got delivered eight months ago and we’ve been enjoying it since. Instant increase in cozy vibes and the Performance Sahara Weave didn’t disappoint. This incredibly soft fabric is such high quality.  So far, we’ve been able to wipe away drink spills and blot out a marker stain caused by someone (ahem Jack). Did I mention it’s also removable! Which means, easy to wash when the time comes.

Next, we chose this Pottery Barn Jake Modular Ottoman with Sunbrella Performance Sahara Weave in Ivory. 

This piece checks all the boxes and then some. Since comfort topped our list, we knew we’d be going with an ottoman instead of a coffee table. We love having the additional seating, surface space for puzzles and this one came with the added bonus of storage.

After getting our central pieces for our family room makeover in place, we needed to figure out our secondary seating piece, and an easy-to-clean, stain-resistant rug.


We decided this beautiful Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Bella Bedroom Sofa with Sunbrella Performance Textured Two-Tone Linen in Taupe would create the perfect balance of style for this room. 

Our sectional has a more casual feel, and this settee adds the perfect graceful touch. It’s kind of like when you pair nice gold jewelry with a casual white fitted tee. The jewelry elevates the white tee and together they create the perfect balance of class and comfort.

For our rug with high expectations, we went with the MGBW Acadia Sunbrella Flatweave Rug in Sand. Not only does it beautifully anchor the space with warmth and won’t annoyingly curl up, but the fabric gives me such peace of mind. No more worrying about spills or stains. Plus, we love the way adding a rug — even on top of carpet! — adds depth and an extra cozy style element. 

Next it was time for one of my favorite finishing touches – pillows. 


We definitely wanted to stay the course with trusted Sunbrella fabrics, so I was ecstatic to find the perfect pillows at Sien + Co, in shades that have the warm, classic look we’re going for.  It’s been so fun to mix and match them – look at the gorgeous colors of these pillows!


I had so much fun picking out every single one of these pieces. Which detail is your favorite? I’d love to read about them in the comments.

Thank you for following along with us as we give our basement family room a much-needed makeover. Be sure to stay tuned for part 2, where we tackle the kids’ playroom/craft area. I can’t wait to show you what we’ve got up our sleeves for that!

Our family room has always been the place we can all come together, but now that we’ve increased functionality and infused it with the style we love, we’re able to enjoy it even more than we already did.

It’s the same cherished room….just a little sweeter.

This blog post is in partnership with Sunbrella. 

Sweetest Regards, Patti