This room was the room that made me really excited to get my hands on this 1970’s home! I loved the wood on the ceilings and the fireplace. When we bought the home, I had no idea what we would do to the fireplace, and it turned out better than I could have ever imagined! We did a plaster treatment to the fireplace, bleached the mantle, added wood floor, pickled the ceilings, moved the stairs, and painted the walls a bright white. It is my favorite room in the house. It’s original, just updated! Can not wait for you to see it! (ps- I sourced everything I could at the end of this post).
Family Room Before-
Do you see the good bones??? That fireplace, the mantel, the ceiling, and the windows! This home was very well taken care of, just needed an update.
Family Room After-
Here it is! Oh it just makes me so happy!! This is our family space. The space is connected to our kitchen where we will gather with loved ones. The room we will walk through daily, the center of the home. If you scan back up to the before photo you can see how we made the entrance to the room larger in addition to changing the aesthetics.
The fire has been going non-stop since we moved in and, as soon as we could, we rolled out the rug and put down furniture. I decorated the mantel in a flash. I have visualized exactly where everything would go for months now!
You can read how we plastered the fireplace and bleached the wood on the mantle HERE. I had a few people tell me they would have just ripped it out and started over. I personally love the charm of it and wouldn’t want anything different. The Flocks by Night is just perfect in this room. (code Nesting15 for 15% off!)
We did swap out the wood burning fireplace for this gas insert. I wanted to be able to just flip a switch to get a cozy fire going! In Utah, last winter, there were about 20 mandatory “no burn days”, and 20 non mandatory. That means you can’t light an indoor fire or outdoor because of the risk of increased air pollution. We didn’t want to have to worry about that if we wanted to warm up the house or just wanted the cozy glow.
We didn’t want the TV to be the focal point in this room, but we did want one since it is attached to our kitchen and a large gathering space. A frame TV is the perfect way to disguise a TV. I even put a grouping of art around the TV to hide to even more. Can you spot it?
Our frame TV is 43″ and I used this Deco Frame around it to make it look larger and like art. I found the TV art from HERE. You can make it so the art doesn’t have a matte around it, which I like a lot better. Find out how we did no-mat HERE.
I was going to do a built-in next to the fireplace, but it is a tricky spot. Searched for awhile and finally found THIS console that coordinates really nice with our mantle.
Mostly all of the art was thrifted. I always search for art whenever I go thrift shopping, it’s one of my favorite places to collect art, especially mixed with new, gives such a collected look. I’ve ditched candles and only diffuse now. This Aria diffuser is my favorite.
The stairs were taking up a lot of space in the family room, so we moved the stairs out of this room to the front of the home, so happy we did that!
The room is really long. I wanted to make sure there was decent space to walk through, since the space behind the chairs is a high-traffic area. We were able to do an 8×10 rug with two sofa’s and two chairs. We have an extra sofa in this family room verses our family room in Connecticut, yet it feels just as cozy!
We left both our sofa’s in Connecticut, so we had to order new for this home. I found this slipcover sofa from Sixpenny, and have been so happy with it! It was quick ship too! We have it in Warm Oatmeal, 100% linen. Our previous sofa was linen, and we loved how I held up! (Our’s is 84″ and feather down).
Not worried about it getting dirty since it is a slipcover. But I have a few extra blankets laying around for the puppy babies!
I kept the pillows to minimum, because they aren’t really needed! I have had the gray fringe pillows for awhile and I found the green kidney pillow in the holiday section and I think it works all year!
The windows are original to the home, we just painted inside the frame black so they would pop and tie into the doors and rest of the windows. The same thing eyebrows do to a face, frame it. 🙂
With a tighter space I like to do a round coffee table or an ottoman, no hard shin busters! Found this round coffee table, and now I want another for a different spot in our home!
Since this family room is connected to the kitchen I wanted to make sure they coordinated. The green is repeated on the kitchen cabinets and a lot of the similar color tones. You can see a peek here! I will share the kitchen soon!!!
We are just thrilled with this family room. We have already gathered here with loved ones and are looking forward to gathering a lot more. The sun shines in so nicely in this are, hopefully there is a nap in my future on that cozy slipcover sofa!
Family Room Sources-
- Same wood throughout our entire home, European Oak from Opus in Acropolis
- Walls painted in All White from Farrow and Ball
- Gas Fireplace Insert
- Green Tufted Velvet Sofa– Color Jade, Hickory Legs
- Round Sherpa Pillow
- Side Tables (white dipped legs)
- Slipcover Sofa– Warm Oatmeal- 100% Linen- 84″- Feather Down
- Green Tree Kidney
- Sherpa Chair
- Coffee Table
- Marble Side Table
- TV console
- Art- Flocks by Night (over fireplace)
- Blog Post on Fireplace DIY
- Blog Post Pickled Ceiling
- Round Light Pendant
- Aria Diffuser