Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Anniversary Edition: The Family Room

In case you missed yesterday's post, it marked our 2 year anniversary of buying our house. You can check out our kitchen remodel and a new room today!

The next room I am going to highlight is our family room. We spend almost all of our time in here when we aren't working on projects around the house.  We don't have a separate formal living/family room, but rather one very large all purpose room. The room measures about 24x15.  A formal living room would go unused right now because we don't have family around to entertain or constant friends over (hint hint: visitors always welcome).

Our current setup is perfect for our small family. Enough room to spread out and not feel crammed, but also cozy enough to all snuggle on the couch to watch a movie.

Two years ago it was looking very boring and bland:

I didn't have a before move-in picture from this angle.
This was after some furniture was bought and paint was on the walls.

This was Murhpy's favorite spot before things got moved around

Below are some in progress shots. Everything was very tan and neutral as you can see. We also didn't have much furniture yet. We slowly saved up and bought stuff when we knew exactly what we wanted/needed. 

Updates completed so far:
  • Paint walls
  • Paint trim including fireplace surround
  • Install faux wood blinds
  • Install ceiling fan
  • Buy couch and leaning bookcases

Here is what it looks like today. I like to think it's a mix of Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn styles.

Some detail pictures for fun:

  • New carpet
  • New paint color (the first color was too bland)
  • Crown molding
  • Trim around doors
  • New shades
  • Curtains hung
  • Additional furniture- chairs, ottomans, end tables, etc.

Things are pretty much done in this room besides the occasional accessory I find at Home Goods. It's always a game to see if Greg notices it suddenly on the shelf ;)  You can see from the pictures that we tried to make a more 'formal' sitting area with the chairs.  Murphy, of course, thinks they are just for him and uses them as a lookout. 

Stay tuned.

xo, Erin


  1. It looks awesome! Btw, if those lampshades disappear, they are probably in my house ;)

    1. Thanks :) Definitely had to persuade my husband on keeping the lamp shades, there was no way I would be able to return those beauties!