Saturday, September 11, 2010

Updating our Abode - Family Room


This is our family room before it was officially "ours" (as we toured the house for the first time).  There were a lot of features that I liked about it.
The big brick fireplace and built ins.
The double doors leading to the living room.
and these over sized French sliders leading to the deck.
That 80's border and wallpaper had to go. They left the rod for the tapestry too (but took the tapestry, which I expected but what was I supposed to do with a random rod hanging on our wall?)

It's always nice to have a helper when unpacking!
This was our first Christmas in the house (note the rod and my "decorative" use of it).

We took down the kitchen and family room wall paper at the same time (what a job!) and painted the family room Benjamin Moore Hawthorne Yellow. If you want to see what we did in the kitchen, click here.

 We had our PB Basic sofa(with two slipcovers, the green chenille one is pictured above with the unpacking helper), a storage ottoman that we recovered, an Ikea sofa table that we'd painted and threw a runner on in the same fabric as the ottoman and a Ballard Design leather recliner.  It still looked sad sparse in there.  Nice flash glare on the TV! We also added Pottery Barn candle sconces on either side of the sliders and a wool rug which is way too small but came from our other house (as did all of the furniture).
Looks a bit cozier with a fire going.

We purchased a mocha colored microfiber sectional and a tufted leather ottoman from Crate & Barrel to fill the space. The black console was from Home Decorators catalogue. All of the old furniture was moved into the living room.You can't see it that well but we also added an indoor/outdoor rug from Ballard that fit the space better. (Look in lower left hand corner of photo).
We added crown molding and thicker baseboards.  Once the wallpaper came down we could take the tapestry rod down and fill in the holes. I re purposed the rod over a window upstairs.  You can see the molding and the rug better here.

Last fall we repainted the family room. We liked the yellow but never loved it. This Benjamin Moore Buxton Blue felt much more "us" and we had an extra gallon of it after painting our spare room the same color. {Sweet!}
 I also swapped out the PB candle sconces for some Southern Living wall vases.  Hubs also painted the crown molding over the fireplace to connect with the white moldings.
The candle sconces went into the living room. I like the black vases for holding seasonal "greenery" or I can put the lids on them and display little knick knacks(or just leave them as is).
Looking into the family room from the kitchen.
And another Christmas tree shot for comparison's sake (the tree never seems to change but the wall behind it does!).  Yes, I like 'fluffy' trees!

We also changed out the fireplace doors from brass to wrought iron.  You know how I love de-brassifying things.


This was taken in February.
We updated the mantel decor in the spring.  Now, instead of the green puff balls, we have starfish propped up there for summer.  It's time for a fall makeover!!
The hearth has also been updated with thrift store and discount store purchases.


My kids think the cherubs "holding up" the mantel are a bit creepy. They came with the house and I really don't notice them anymore.  I'm always afraid of what we'll find if we take them down so for now they are staying. Just don't stare into their vacant eyes to long!

Here's a more recent photo of the room, taken in July. The throw pillows are from Home Goods, as is the green runner and clock on the console.
I think we are done in here for now. I am considering painting out the built ins(white with dark grey backs) but I'm very nervous about that and still undecided. Every time I see painted wood work around a fireplace, I love it but it's not usually around brick fireplaces (unless the brick is painted too).
  I really don't want to paint the brick so what do you think, will the brick stand out too much if we paint the built ins white?
If you want to see all of our home updates, you can find them here.
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22 comments:

Debbie said...

Heather that room is so warm and cozy I just LOVE the brick wall FP....everything is awesome...I bet you spend a lot of family time in there too.

Debbie said...

I just noticed your blog does NOT come up on my roll....I happened to see you posted when I was on someone elses....OK I can't figure that out...that happens on several others to me as well. So I am sorry when I do miss your posts, not intentional...you should come up...when I have time I am going to fiddle faddle and see why this happens.

Mel said...

Heather,
I really like the blue in your room, much nicer :)

I have an idea for you and will email you a photo.

Yellow House said...

You are so talented! Can I please hire you to come help me fancy up my house? The colors on the walls are awesome!

PS - I am finally back to commenting again! I have been reading and loving all your posts -but now I am excited to actually stop and say hello!

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Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Marvelous job on your family room.

Natasha said...

These transformations are fabulous! I especially loved the seeing the pictures with the Christmas tree!

Great job-no wonder you are thrilled with the finished room.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Marissa said...

I LOVE that last pic...perfect! Like all the updates you guys have done and I wasn't really a fan of sectional furniture, but after looking at yours, its really growing on me, especially since our living room needs MORE seating, thats a perfect way to get it!

Life in Rehab said...

That room is just incredible and inviting.

Mary Ellen said...

What a pretty living room! I love the fireplace- they make a room so much cozier!!

Julie Harward said...

What a beautiful place...I LOVE the red sofa! And the Christmas picture...it's all so pretty! :D

emmy's closet said...

Hi! Following you back from the Buzz on by Thursday Blog Hop! Thanks for joining us! Look forward to your posts!
:) Sara

Chelsea said...

Thanks for sharing the "history" of your living room! It was fun to see all the changes, large and small, that you did to it. It's so inviting and welcoming now! You guys did a good job.

Hahaha, I couldn't help laughing at the cherub faces - "don't stare into their eyes for too long!" hahaha! Totally cracked me up. Thanks for the laugh!

~Chelsea

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

wow!! I'm amazed at all of the transformations going on in your family room. I think each one is definitely better than the last. I really like the blue walls.

Thanks for linking to Messy Monday!! I can't wait to see what you link up next.

Becca said...

Hi Heather, just stopping by to say I love your great room changes. The wall color is so pretty ... the room is very inviting!! I love how you've accessorized it, as well. Take care, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

Debbie said...

Thanks Heather for joining me:)

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Those are really great changes, and I like your idea for the built-ins, sounds good too :)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

What a beautiful room! I like all you've done! It is so warm and inviting! I especially love the February pics.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful transformation :-) You've got a super huge room, you can pull off a huge-fluffy tree! I have to have a tall skinny tree that I teather tightly into a corner behind a chair lol

Rebecca said...

Looks like a wonderful, cozy room as it is-maybe add some lighter accents and see if that brightens it up for you!

Anonymous said...

Looks great. Just an idea - what about painting the built-in shelves black - it would tie in with the console and the other black accents. Just a thought. Stacey

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled across your blog - you have done some amazing transformations in your home. Looks great! You asked about a brick fireplace and white built ins - I have exactly that combo in our family room right now in our mid-80s house and imho the brick still dates everything. I am considering adding a very thin stacked-stone on top of the existing brick to modernize it. I have seen this done elsewhere and it looks great. - Just another idea for you to ponder...-C

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