If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I made a very abrupt and rash decision back in June when I saw that the city was scheduled to come to the neighborhood for bulk trash. I was just a girl standing in the middle of a family room filled beaten up hand-me-down furniture, complete with a sofa that you got lost in when you sat down on it and said, ENOUGH! The opportunity presented itself for me to get rid of all of it without having to haul it to the city dump so I jumped on it. I dragged every piece out to the sidewalk and gladly waved it goodbye as the truck drove away. Who cares that we have been sitting on the ground for the past two months! No big deal, right? Welcome to life with Kara when she gets an idea in her head – ha! And it really hasn’t been bad to be honest. I purchased some outdoor poufs from Target and it has actually been a pretty fun time. The kids say they prefer it that way anyway. The sectional we have had our eye on is finally coming back into stock next month so the time is now to get this project done. Today I am sharing with you our family room makeover! This is part one which is the planning stage for me. All things browsing, shopping, measuring, color matching, etc.
My main goal in making over our family room is to make it fashionable yet extremely functional. I don’t want to worry about trendy or what’s in style. I truly do love the classics and I want a room that feels like home. I want it to be cozy and comfortable and beautiful. You know those homes you see on the movies that are just your average home, but FEEL like home? The Family Stone, You’ve Got Mail, Father of the Bride… I want THAT to be the goal. That ambiance. To have the room exude that warm and comfortable feeling.
While I haven’t been able to find one room that encompasses everything I want or am envisioning, I am drawn to a lot of what Shalia over at The Spoiled Home has created for her space. It’s light and airy, yet has those warm textured woods and a comfortable yet stylish feel. As far as the color palette, this room will be done completely in neutrals – blacks, browns, creams, grieges, whites, etc.
One must is to re-do our wall of family photographs. I had this up a few years back, but I got my frames from Goodwill, painted them and while it did the job some of them fell, or the glass broke and it was just starting to all look a bit janky. So I will be re-doing that entire project and we will also be doing bookshelves. I have wanted bookshelves up for so long to fill with family pictures, good reads, beautiful decor pieces, etc and we are finally going to do it. We plan on doing a Billy bookcase Ikea hack which I will of course share with you.
Below was our living room before I threw everything out. I know it really doesn’t look that bad, but the sofas were in terrible condition. We were so grateful to get them as hand-me-downs from my sister and brother-in-law years ago, but they definitely had major mileage on them. Along with the other pieces of furniture that were thrift store finds and simply worn down after so many years.
The TV credenza will be staying and will simply be getting a fresh coat of paint, replacement knobs (why can we never seem to keep ALL the numbers on furniture around our house?!) and we will be taking the front doors off of it. The glass broke on one and instead of replacing it and having to keep them clean from little hands, I am going to remove them altogether.
The gallery wall will be hung on the same wall as the TV which will help hide the surround sound speakers and the TV will be mounted. The bookshelves will be on the opposite wall and the sectional will be in the same place as you see the sofas here. Because we rent this home, we can only change so much, but we will be adding a fresh coat of white paint to it all.
This room really is large and spacious with tons of natural light which I love. I just want it to feel cozier, filled in and more entertaining friendly.
While I will be treasure hunting for the smaller, finishing pieces, we have already been browsing and have decided on the larger pieces of furniture and accents. The sectional we have had our eye on and have already measured for is not in stock until September so we will have to wait for that. Because there are seven of us and we still want to entertain we will be adding additional seating and I love these chairs from Wayfair. They are similar to the ones I have in the studio, but a higher back and a bit larger overall.
The rug we already purchased and love it in the room and my pick for sofa tables will help me tie in just a touch of industrial, but also include a great textured wood feel. And that darling sconce? We will be installing them onto our Ikea Billy Bookcase hack.
A few other smaller pieces to the room and finds that I really love and want to incorporate are this wave coral piece (gorgeous), love these thick candle holders from Magnolia, love this throw and these are the drapes that we will be getting. My goal is to have this room together by Halloween and then finish it off with all of the final pieces and details before the new year. How nice it will be to have a cozy and comfortable atmosphere for it to really feel like home for the holiday season.
I’m wondering if I need to film the whole process to take you along for the ride? Leave a comment below if you would like to peek into the entire project by way of video and I will just have to maybe make it happen. Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!