Family Room, You Have Come A Long Way


Good morning!

Guess who slept until 8:30am?! Amazing! I guess my body needed it after my long run yesterday. I find I always feel a bit drained after long runs. The body needs lots of rest and apparently my body needed a solid 9.5 hours worth.


I was so excited for pumpkin pie this morning! I am so smitten by this latest vegan overnight oats concoction. I love, love, love having my veggies in the morning and since spinach in vegan overnight oats didn’t work out for me, I am quite excited that pumpkin did because pumpkin is super healthy and a great food to add to any diet.

I used the same recipe as yesterday! Click here for Creamy Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats.



(See I’m working on my French!)




CREAMY goodness! (Not sure what the French translation is for that!) ;)


Family Room, You Have Come A Long Way!

Now I would like to show you some BEFORE and AFTERS of our Family Room! Well, they are technically not ‘afters’ yet because we still have a lot of work to do (and furniture to buy), but they are more like ‘mid-way’ pictures if you will.

This is what our Family Room looked like when we moved in and set up our furniture back in December 2008!

Don’t you love the 70’s lamp shades rocking in there?


It was a tearful goodbye, but we chose to part ways.

Dark, dingy, and depressing!

I will note that the wall paper was GLUED on and took us 2 months to remove. The wall paper was also lined with wood! so it came off in wonderful 2 inch increments (even with steaming). Good times! ;)


Mid-Way pictures (What it looks like TODAY!)

Much warmer and brighter…



These chairs are on loan to us right now. We are storing a bunch of my brother-in-law’s furniture in the basement and they said we could try out their chairs to see how we like the set-up.



Giraffes fit perfectly on this wall:

1 (5 of 12) 1 (4 of 12)

We also put up chocolate curtains:



We are also going to put some kind of shag on top to cover the bar and blinds, but we’re not sure what would look good.

Originally, we put up white curtains and did not care for them! We took them back.


The white just looked too stark in our opinion…

Future plans for the family room include hardwood flooring, art/photography on walls, and furniture (coffee tables, chairs, corner unit for electronics). In due time!

Unfortunately today is a house work day for me- cleaning and laundry! Necessary evils.

Have a great day!

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1 Marilou August 8, 2010

Absolutely lovely. It’s very warm and looks cozy!

I also have the giraffe print, hehe completely fell in love with it!


2 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 8, 2010

Wow, this looks AMAZING!! I can’t even believe that’s the same room!! I love the colors and furniture…it makes the room look so much more open with all that dark paint!


3 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 8, 2010

Your house looks STUNNING! Beautiful furniture, all so charming and cosy looking. Yours is like my dream house :)
I really want to know what you’d just been watching on TV in the 1st pic though..end credits make me curious!


4 AngelaOSG August 8, 2010

My memory fails me as it was December 2008…but I will take a wild guess and say one of Eric’s kung-fu movies ;)


5 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 8, 2010

the room looks great! we’ve also rehabbed our entire house. It’s amazing what a little TLC can do for the feel of a room


6 Jennifer August 8, 2010

*Je l’adore = I adore IT.

Also, that’s an amazing improvement! I can’t even tell that it’s the same room, it looks so warm and homey! The old version looks kind of like a billiards room in a sleazy bar.


7 AngelaOSG August 8, 2010

What if I love the oats like a human being though? ;)


8 Jennifer August 8, 2010

Same thing!


9 Megan (Running Foodie) August 8, 2010

I really love all the pops of green! You’ve done a great job!


10 Danielle (Runs on Green) August 8, 2010

Whoaaa your family room has done a 180! Seriously, it doesn’t even look like the same place. Do I even have to say that the ‘after’ shots look a lot better? :)


11 Shanna, Like Banana August 8, 2010

Incredible change! It does look much brighter, airier, and welcoming. Great place for entertaining, reading a good book (EPL), or taking a nap ;)


12 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 8, 2010

Wow– it looks SO much better!!!! Home projects take a lot of time, but they are SO worth it. We just did a major makeover of our living room (new paint color, furniture rearragement, etc.), and it just makes me so much happier when I walk into our house now!


13 tanyadaily August 8, 2010

good choice…much warmer


14 rachelc August 8, 2010

WOW!!!! What a difference, looks so cozy now!


15 Lori August 8, 2010

Wow that is an AMAZING transformation! I couldn’t have even dreamed that one up! The room is beautiful! What awesome work you have done. Congrats!


16 Camille August 8, 2010

Wow! If you hadn’t said it, I wouldn’t even know that was the same room!


17 Angela August 8, 2010

Wow! It looks amazing! I love the color scheme the colors are gorgeous together and make it look so bright and open! I think you should come to my house and decorate!


18 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 8, 2010

Beautiful room! Want to come decorate for me? :)


19 Amanda August 8, 2010

I just love your house Ange! Wanna trade? lol


20 Amy August 8, 2010

I love the open space and all the natural light in your family room…the green and chocolate are great color combinations!!!


21 Heidi M August 8, 2010

Your family room is stunning and that fireplace is BEAUTIFUL!!

What a fantastic change! You should show some more pictures of your beautiful home!


22 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 8, 2010

Uh oh…I think you’ve inspired me to re-do my bedroom. The Fiance better hide his credit card. Evil laugh ;)

Such a cozy and sweet room now. I don’t know about you, but I find it much easier to relax in a room with lighter color walls and neutral tones.


23 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 8, 2010

I like the chocolate curtains – they look very nice! You could maybe make some kind of wood cover thing to cover up the curtain pole — that way it would match the wood beams on the ceiling?

What a change though! The walls look so much better painted white — that dark green looked so dingy and depressing!


24 Steph (@mediterraneanmiss) August 8, 2010

It’s so -you- now!! What a beautiful space <3 I loved decorating my little loft.


25 christina cadden August 8, 2010

Your room looks great!


26 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 8, 2010

OH wow! Your family room is beautiful now!! Not that it was very ugly before, of course, but it has a lot more character now!


27 sassy molassy August 8, 2010

Angela, I love what you’ve done with the living room! Amazing what some paint and diff furniture can do! I love the color pallet you’ve chosen. Fun yet relaxing.


28 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 8, 2010

What a great transformation! The old version looks kind of like a hunters lodge. lol.


29 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 8, 2010

Wow, great job!!! If you ever get tired of baking I’m sure you’d have no problem starting an interior decorating business! I love the contrast between the walls and the brick at the end of the room. Have a great day! :)


30 Kelly August 8, 2010

Looks wonderful!!!


31 Mary (A Merry Life) August 8, 2010

That’s amazing! It’s so lovely and definitely came a long way!


32 Run Sarah August 8, 2010

Wow – that looks incredibly gorgeous! I need you to come help me with my condo, or my future dream home. Love it Angela!!


33 Lana August 8, 2010

The room looks fabulous!! I agree with the white…definitely too stark.


34 Heather August 8, 2010

wow what a difference! I dont like dark colored walls, makes the room look small and closed in


35 Nicole @ August 8, 2010

I made carrot cake scuffins this morning–OMG! I’m gonna do a post on it today if you want to check it out :) I added something that made them incredible!


36 Brittany August 8, 2010

The family room looks so cozy now. It has come along way!!


37 Lauren August 8, 2010

Oh wow, LOVE the new family room!! Good work


38 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 8, 2010

Wow! That fireplace area is beautiful =D I would love to have a seating area like that


39 Pure2raw twins August 8, 2010

Your family room is stunning! Can I hire you to decorate my place??


40 Cindy August 8, 2010

That looks great! That couch look soooooooooo comfy!


41 Camille August 8, 2010

Hi, I just wanted to say I really like your blog and that I added it to my blogroll….When I read your story, I recognized myself in the “restiction” struggle, I still have some issue and I really work hard on myself to let go that control and be healthy…
you are a real inspiration..thanks.


42 Jenny August 8, 2010

Angela! That is gorgeous! You guys did a great job! I showed my bf because he loves that kinda stuff and he was really impressed too. Congrats you guys! What a lovely home.


43 Shannon August 8, 2010

I love the before and after pictures!!! What a great transformation. It’s amazing what a little TLC will do to a room!


44 Bridget August 8, 2010

Beautiful renos! Your place looks much brighter and lively :D

I’m sure you will conquer the house cleaning in no time. You are SUPER WOMAN!!!


45 The Wife of a Dairyman August 8, 2010

Like your choice of colors so much better!


46 Amber K August 8, 2010

WOW! It looks so much better the way you have it. It was definitely way too dark before. I’m sure it was a TON of work, but looks like it was well worth it!


47 Julie @SavvyEats August 8, 2010

Man, it looks about 1 billion times better than before! Love it!


48 HOLLY WANTON August 8, 2010

Hey Angela,
I’m gonna be leaving tomorrow for Europe for a month or two living in student housing and so I am going to have veeerry limited ingredients, but I will definitely have cooking equipment. Any ideas for simple, quick + easy + healthy recipes I could make for dinner while there? Please post.


49 AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

First thought is vegan overnight oats. They are So simple to make and require no equipment.
Other ideas…trail mix…make some and keep in your purse for quick snacks on the go :)
Other than that, I would prepare huge batches of things that you can keep for the week, like stews or pot roasts. Make lentils and grains and have with pasta sauce for quick meals. Pre chop all your veggies on Sunday for the week for snacks.


50 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 8, 2010

Oh my gosh that room looks INCREDIBLE!! I can’t believe you were able to bring it so far! Dang, you go girl!

And I loooveee sleeping in ’til 8:30- anything beyond that’s a little too much. But lately 8:30’s been just right :)


51 Genki August 8, 2010

It doesn’t even look like the same room. What a brilliant job. And well done on keeping the before shots. I didn’t for my little flat and regret not being able to show what a difference I’ve made.

I’m sure it’ll look even better once you are finished!


52 bitt August 8, 2010

Love the before and after. Inspiring.


53 Juliana August 8, 2010

Hi Angela,

Do you have any tips on where to buy chia seeds that are not sooo expensive? Do you get yours at Whole Foods?



54 Emily @ For Sweets Sake August 8, 2010

The family room looks great! What a huge change! I can’t wait til we can buy a house and make it our own! Living the military lifestyle makes that a little tricky though :-P


55 Gail August 8, 2010

Your family room looks AMAZING (as do your pumpkin pie oats!)! That’s such a big transformation. Wow, such a good job!


56 Nicole August 8, 2010

Your room looks so awesome!


57 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 8, 2010

i love the new look! i can’t believe what you said about the wallpaper…i’m definitely never going to buy a house with wallpaper or put it up myself. it just is too much work when a great paint color would be much better!


58 Rebecca C. August 8, 2010

Beautiful room! I also have that sweet giraffe picture:)


59 Crystal August 8, 2010

Your living room looks great! My mom’s living room has a brown theme going on as well. She has birds, acorns, and leaves for sort of an Autumn theme. It looks really nice and so does yours!

It’s amazing what a paint job can do. Even repainting the ceiling white can make such a difference!


60 [email protected]:// August 8, 2010

The family room looks beautiful. Love the pumpkin, can’t wait for fall flavors.


61 Shannon August 8, 2010

Love it! I am a huge fan of light and airy spaces and this looks just perfect. Have you thought of getting some overstuffed, comfy chairs for where the loaners are? You could create a little reading nook.


62 Katherine August 8, 2010

Are you sure I’m looking at the same house?!


63 tara August 8, 2010

wow that room looks SO COZY!!!!! I would be sitting on that couch sipping tea on a nightly basis. The greens you added with the pillows and other accents make the whole room pop open. beautiful!


64 Callie August 8, 2010

Your living room is gorgeous! :)
I love all the bright pillows.


65 Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 8, 2010

Oh my – I love how wonderful and light and bright it is now!~ Great job!


66 Annie (Delicious Wellness) August 8, 2010

I LOVE what you’ve done with your living room! It looks so inviting and calming, especially compared to the “before”! Well done! :)


67 Lizzie August 8, 2010

I am so glad you said that your long runs leave you feeling a little drained – anything over 6 miles has me feeling the same way and often i think I’m the only one! I actually took a nap after my run yesterday, but given that I have had a week of less sleep than usual due to family visiting and early morning texts from friends at home (my fault – forgot to switch to vibrate! They’re totally worth it though!! :)). It helped my mood immensely the rest of the day.

If you’re finished cleaning and washing, want to come and help with mine? :)


68 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 8, 2010

Beautiful! Completely unrecognizable! I love the the curtains!


69 Erica August 8, 2010

That is an amazing makeover!!! The room is gorgeous!!! Can you come over and do my livi g room too? Hahaha!


70 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 8, 2010

I love what you did with the room! The colours are so fresh and springy!


71 Valerie August 8, 2010

The place looks gorgeous! The before and mid-ways are completely different but it’s lovely and I am excited to see how everything ends up. Love the giraffes!


72 rachel August 8, 2010

love the transformation in the family room! amazing!


73 chelsey August 8, 2010

You have great style!!! I love it!


74 Adina August 8, 2010

Angela your living room is beautiful, what a fabulous transformation! :) I really like the color tones (the greens and browns) that you’ve put together and I am especially obsessed with that awesomely adorbale giraffe picture! And I must say, that the old wallpaper guled to the wall must had been quite the adventure while removing it


75 Lizz @ Leading the Good Life August 8, 2010

I love your room! It somehow looks both spacious and cozy. Well done!


76 Wei-Wei August 9, 2010

Your living room looks fabulous! The colours look so warm and lovely. Have you ever had experience with interior design??



77 AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

Nope no previous experience :)


78 [email protected] August 9, 2010

I love the new look of the living room! It is so much more welcoming and I also prefer the chocolate curtains.


79 Jenn August 9, 2010

Wow! What a wonderful transformation!


80 Madeline August 9, 2010

Quite an improvement, it looks great! I love your brother-in-law’s chairs – any idea where he got them from?


81 Margherita August 9, 2010

It looks good and I am sure it is even more rewarding knowing that you used some valuable elbow grease in there. I know food bloggers hate these questions….but where did you get your lovely red mug??


82 AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

I knew someone would ask me that! haha. I can’t remember where it is from for the life of me.


83 Holly @ Self-love and Running August 9, 2010

I love your family room. It looks so fresh, open and inviting!


84 Gail August 9, 2010

I love that vase in front of the fireplace. Can I ask where you got it?


85 Jen August 9, 2010

It looks absolutely amazing! I love love love the browns and greens together, you did a phenomenal job. My mom is an interior designer and would love this! And, good choice with the curtains.


86 Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace August 9, 2010

Just came from Market Street, got 3 cans of organic pumpkin….teehee! I love the look and feel of your family room!


87 Mac August 9, 2010

The new look is a thousands times better… great taste and style in your redecorating!


88 Kaitlin With Honey August 9, 2010

All I can say is WOW! It looks amazing, and we don’t even need the “before” pictures to say that!


89 Kristy August 9, 2010

That is a remarkable re-design! Kudos. Looks like something off HGTV. LOL


90 A August 10, 2010

MY GOD. I LOVE your house – it has so much character! All the houses we’ve been looking at in Oakville are the cookie cutter mansions in the north. It seems as if you live more in the south. I will take a look there. WOW


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