Books on Books, and a Family Room Refresh

Friends, it’s been a month since I’ve posted to my blog! A month! To say it’s been all kinds of crazy is a bit of an understatement. Our lives are completely turned upside down right now with everything going on in the world and the Corona Virus. I needed to work on something I actually have control over- so here I am, giving you a glimpse of some small changes I made to our family room for spring, and also bringing you happy content on my coffee table- because I’m finally rounding up my favorite “books on books!”

You all know I’m a book lover. It’s not so much that I’m a huge reader (although I do thoroughly enjoy it when I make the time for it)… but more so because I love the actual look and feel of them. They take me back to the good old days for some reason, and I LOVE styling with them! Coffee table books are my favorite. Seriously, if you’re reading this and you’re ever unsure of what to get me as a gift, just pick out a pretty coffee table book. Lol. Recently, before quarantining was put in place and everything as we knew it was canceled, I went on a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Art with my fourth grader, and came across this “Reading Art” book…

Such a PERFECT book for someone like me. It’s basically filled with images like those, above- just art of books and people reading them. Suddenly, I thought to google other books on books and went down a rabbit hole of others! I bought two more…

I mean, just page after page of goodness like that. Filled bookshelves. Color galore. Gorgeous libraries. Here’s a round up of others I’ve got my eye on…

Did you know there were so many on this subject? I’d love my entire table filled with these! The other new piece on our coffee table is this Kelly Wearstler knock off…

I’ve always been drawn to the lamps that have these 3D balls attached. I scored this vase (and the marble tray) at Home Goods. As for the faux greens inside, those are from Michaels and they actually came with peaches on them that I removed.

I also did a little bit of rearranging on our mantel…

That painting has been hanging over our stove, and I love it there, but we recently installed a backsplash and it’s having a hard time staying attached to the tile. Boo hoo! I think it’s just too heavy. So for now I love it layered over the mirror. I love the hint of teal. Found this for $5 at an estate sale a few years ago.

For some reason, I’m liking these without candles! I’m looking at them as sculptural pieces. They were all thrifted.

Nothing says spring like florals, and I found the prettiest floral velvet stools for extra seating. I’ve posted these on my Instagram page, but if you haven’t seen them yet, hear you go…

Pillows are from Stuck on Hue. Find the stools HERE.

Easy to move around for extra seating or just a foot rest. I love them, although the kids keep laying them on their sides and rolling on their stomachs with them. Lol! Lord help me!

For the life of me, I can’t seem to remember if I’ve already shared this new 9×12 rug I scored at Home Goods a few months ago. I love how it’s lightened up the room and also mimics the new backsplash.

And speaking of lightening things up, even adding this white faux sheepskin rug to the back of our sofa adds some brightness too. I love the added texture!

Our view coming in through the garage door. Don’t mind the lacrosse net through the window. Lol!
Our new family photos taken by Laila Younes Photography, and framed by Minted.

Another small change I made is this end table. I’ve actually had it for years and initially filled it with pink books in our living room. But recently I’ve been trying to add warm, textural elements to this space, and the thought of firewood excited me for some reason. I love it juxtaposed with the clear, acrylic table.

The last trip I made out before social distancing started, was to my favorite antique store! Just wanted to share this cute find from the 50s…

I mean, green and gold? Had my name written all over it;)

And I snagged this cute salt holder! Find it HERE.

I think that’s it, guys! I’m really hoping I have more things to show you soon! I had every intention of starting a redesign on our front living room (the brown room), but with the self-distancing, it’s just not the right time to have contractors in our home painting or hanging wallpaper and trim. So… not sure where to go from here. I’ve been trying to brainstorm ideas for you. And one thing I’ve thought of, is that I LOVE working on mood boards. And if I can’t currently work on something in my own home, perhaps I could help you with yours? What do you think of this, guys? Maybe a weekly series where I design a room that you submit? Or perhaps I start offering e-design? Let me know what you think in the comments below! In the meantime, I promised I’d share a recipe of my favorite home made soup. You read that correctly. This self-proclaimed failure in the kitchen is sharing a meal with you. Lol.

Cheese Tortellini Recipe


-19 oz bag of tortellini

-1 lb turkey sausage

-2 cans diced tomatoes

-1 block of cream cheese

-1 small bag of fresh spinach

-4 cups of chicken broth

Quick phone pic while it was on the stove last night. That meat gets added to the soup. It looks like two different meats because it is. Lol. The recipe doesn’t call for it, but I was settling for what I had in my freezer so I combined turkey sausage and a few beef brats!


  • 19 oz bag of tortellini
  • 1 small bag of fresh spinach
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 block (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 lb turkey sausage
  • 4 cups chicken broth

The original recipe I followed had this made for a crockpot (if you do that- use frozen tortellini noodles). You brown the meat and add it to the rest of the ingredients in a crockpot on low for 4-6 hours. But I’ve made this in real time too. The only difference is using refrigerated tortellini noodles as opposed to frozen ones- so you boil them as directed on the package and drain. Brown the meat in a skillet, and in another pot, combine the chicken broth, tomatoes, spinach, and the cream cheese (break it up into chunks). Stir until heated and the cheese melts, then add the cooked noodles and meat. It really is delicious! If you make it, let me know what you think!

Stay Safe!


This Article Has 12 Comments
  1. Tina says:

    I LOVE the acrylic table with the wood as an accent! Also, like that you added a recipe 🙂 I will try it as soon as I can

  2. Juli Simpson says:

    I enjoy seeing the things you do. The books look so nice. I have a fairly large collection of coffee table books. I am working in my living room right now trying out new ideas, this will be one of the things I try. I an currently decorating my powder room. I am using some of the ideas from your recent powder room makeover. Did you paint the baseboards and the inside of the door the same as the walls? The wall color in my project is Sherwin Williams “peppercorn”. It is pretty dark but matches the background of the wallpaper perfectly.

    • Haneen says:

      Thank you so much! I did paint both the baseboards and the ceiling trim. I didn’t paint the back of the door, but that was out of pure laziness! lol! I think you should! I plan to, eventually!

  3. Bets says:

    I just love your home! It’s so refreshing to see colors other than super white, off-white and beige in my feed. Saturated colors have way more personality!!

  4. mickey from IG says:

    the mood board &/or design idea is terrific! pick me pick me 😁
    and i am going to try the soup recipe. i hate to cook on a regular scheduled daily basis and avoid doing so in the same manner as i am currently avoiding the virus of the day, but i do love to try new recipes just for fun (never to be seen again, of course as they are no longer new). fortunately, i am no longer responsible for the care and feeding of small children.

  5. mickey from IG says:

    ps i have the “Decorating with Books” book. even bought it for my granddaughters. we are all book freaks in this tribe. 📚📚📚📚📚

  6. Tresa says:

    The living room looks great! Love the green floral ottomans! Books… yes please!
    I like the weekly series idea. It would be a nice addition.

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