House Tour – The Family Room

Our family room is the most used room in the house.  Even more than the kitchen.  What does that say about how much I cook?
Don’t answer that.
This is the view into our family room as you enter from the foyer.
It’s extremely difficult to capture the correct wall color in photographs of this room.

See that spot on the left end of the couch?  That’s were I blog.
Step on into the room and you can see how open to the kitchen it is.

That black blob draped across the back of the couch is Maggie, aka Diva Dog.  She came running in just as soon as she heard the camera clicking away.
Look to the right a little and you’ll see Pookie’s favorite spot in the room and the bane of my existence.

It rocks.  It swivels.  It reclines.  It’s leather.  It’s perfect, according to Pookie, that is.  I’ll just keep my opinion to myself.

How does Diva Dog know that I’m trying to take a pic of that chair?

The picture above the green chest is another painting done by my Auntie Syl.

Look to the left and you’ll see this console table and mirror.

That mirror is a little more garish than I’d like.  I tried to tone it down by applying stain to it, but the only way it’s going to get any darker is for me to flat out paint it.  Maybe I’ll get around to that one of these days.
This little lamp is one of my favorite things in the room.  It was a vase that I found and had made into a lamp.

These chairs sit in front of the table and mirror.  There’s a walkway in between the chairs and the table.

The doorway to the left leads to the foyer and living room.  The doorway to right leads to the dining room.
If you enter from the dining room, this is the view into the family room.

You can see the entrance to the office to the right.
Here’s a full on frontal shot of the bookcases.

We had to remove the doors to the center section to fit the flat screen tv in there.
Here’s a closer look at the right side.

The little black things up on top are speakers.
An even closer look.  The back of these cases was the same brown as the rest of the wood.  I didn’t like how dark it was, so I purchased a sheet of 1/4″ plywood, applied burlap to it with spray adhesive and put it behind the glass shelves.  For a little extra color, I added some decorative cording (the kind you use to trim pillows with) all the way around the top, bottom and sides.  I just used my hot glue gun to attach it.

Here’s the bookcase on the left.  I really like the burlap.  It adds texture as well as providing a lighter backdrop for everything.

I’m sure you’ve been able to tell that this room is two stories tall.  I love the volume, but it sure does present decorating challenges.  I decided to embrace it instead of fighting it by adding large accessories on top of the bookcase/entertainment center, by hanging decorative metal plaques on the wall above the couch…

…and using two story tall drapery panels.

I’ll end the tour with a bird’s eye view and a tip.

Here’s the tip – do you have bookcases that you would like to display items on top of, but can’t because the top of the bookcase sits lower than the moulding?  That was my case here.  I couldn’t just elevate items on blocks of wood because you can see the tops of the bookcases from above.  We took care of the problem by adding a sheet of luaun (or whatever you call that stuff used on the back of bookcases) cut to fit the shape and size of the top of the bookcase and simply laid the pieces on top.  They aren’t held down with glue or nails or anything.  We purchased the luan at Lowes and they cut it to size for us for free.
Oh okay, Maggie…I’ll include one more picture of you.  Sheesh!

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  1. Wow, this room is so lovely! We may have similar tastes in colors & the over-all “welcome” feel we like our homes to project. You’ve done a wonderful job of decorating to make it feel so cozy and inviting.

    I did the laundry room, too, and it is adorable. I’m still working on ours & want it to be functional but also very fun to work in. It’s a “walk-through,” so it will take some time to plan out the space.

    I really enjoyed both tours!
    🙂 CAS

  2. Hi Suzy,
    Your home is lovely and the color palette is so warm and inviting. I like your solution for the top of your living room shelving unit. The two story window treatments are fabulous.
    Thanks for sharing your home with us!
    ~ Wendi ~

  3. Hi Suzy, You have a beautiful home. I love the colors and your decor. Of course I love the drapes. The tip for the bookcases is great. A lot of people will be using this one. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Ginger

  4. HI Suzy, WOW, do I love your house! I have the same color pallette in my house too! I even have a gren kitchen but mine is a sage green. I love the family room and am hoping you will take us on a tour of the kitchen! Have a great weekend. XO, Pinky

  5. Your family room is beautiful, including hubby’s favorite chair! I love how your dog seems to know where to pose! I am your newest follower. (here and on Pinterest!). xo,

  6. Hi, came by your blog from Susan’s. You must be my blogging ‘soul sista’, (even though I haven’t blogged in 2 years since having my last daughter @ 43 yrs old). We have a lot of the same accessories in our home. I, too, collect pottery, have the same pear from Lowe’s, and have a thing for rabbits. The vase you had your lamp made from is like one I bought, and still have from Bombay Company about 15 or so years ago. My kitchen is also green, and we have a small beach property too @ North Myrtle. I’m in NC and feel like I have been in a home w/ a floor plan like yours. Would be wild if we looked at your home. We looked at a very similar condo when we bought our beach place, but it was in NMB and not ocean front. It amuses me to find someone with such similar tastes as mine. ;o)

  7. Visiting from Met Monday. Your home is beautiful! What a talented Aunt you have, what beautiful painting. The backing to your built ins looks amazing…very nice touch!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  8. Hey my new friend! 🙂 Sorry I did not get right back to your email. Its been a hectic weekend. I would love to meet up with you when you come down again. Let’s see how that date plays out. Right now it works for me. I am soooo excited to meet you and see your lovely beach condo in person. woo woo Welcome to Met Monday. I will get with you later this week about showcasing your blog too. All my best – Barb

  9. This really shows how a room can be comfortable and cozy and still be beautiful. No wonder your husband and dog spend their time in here. I love the idea for the backs of the bookcases. I have the same problem with mine being too dark. You can only see the contents when the lights are on. I will have to give it a try! Thanks!

  10. What a beautiful home you have! I’m enjoying looking around on your blog this morning. Thank you so much for stopping by my new blog. I will ask my sister about adding one of those subscribe by email thingys. Since I’m just getting started, I’m still refining it a bit. I still need to add a blog roll too. Have a great Monday!

  11. Hello. Where have you been all my blogging life? Love the pops of color and the bold accessories. Traditional with a twist. love it
    Pam

  12. Your home is so pretty. I love the colors! It’s so homey and beautiful. Great job!

  13. Suzy,
    Your family room is beautiful! Although it posses it’s own problems with all the doorways and high ceilings, you’ve done a marvelous job with your decor!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  14. Oh yay. So glad you linked this up to Motivated Monday at Becolorful. I just love your images and your use of color. It was fun to come back and comment so I could see it all again. :0
    Pam

  15. Ha! Diva Dog has a friend in my Mattie Gray. Apparently they both to have the spotlight. Thanks for sharing your space in my “Room by Room” series!

    -Rene

  16. Jo's This and That says:

    Lovbe your home! The colors are great. Beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

  17. Beautiful home– very cozy. I love your comment about your husband’s chair. My husband and I debate about this because I’m not a fan of them…they are so big (and other things)! I told him he can have one if he puts it in the basement…too bad (for him) our new house is on a slab! teehee!

  18. Your home is so much like my girlfriend Ro at Hint of Home.blogspot. I really think it is the same layout just the other way….You have a beautiful family room….You did a great job decorating it!!

  19. Your living room is so gorgeous! I just found your blog from Kristen’s linky party. I am now your newest follower, come check me out if you get a chance.

    Noplacelikehomeally.blogspot.com

  20. You have a beautiful home and your Family Room is so inviting. I just did a post on my fam room on my blog. Thanks for sharing yours. So fun to get ideas and inspiration from blogging friends. Wanda

  21. Hello Suzy,
    You have a beautiful home and this room is simply gorgeous. Aw, loved seeing your sweet Maggie too.

    I enjoyed my first visit too your lovely blog. I’ll be back again.

    Warmly, ~Melissa

  22. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love your room and your home and all that space!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂

  23. This is such a beautiful room! The soaring ceiling is incredible and yet it still feels so warm and cozy in there! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

  24. Anonymous says:

    I love your home, very warm and inviting. Have you ever considered a fabric ottoman in front of your sofa? From the above view you have plenty of space. I did that and it’s wonderful when your on the computer to put your feet up… and I bet your dog would love it!

  25. Oh my goodness, your home is stunning. You sure know how to decorate. I gathered a lot of ideas from you, thank you! I love your color palette, just lovely! Have a wonderful weekend! XO ~Liz

  26. Hi Suzy, Your home is beautiful and I love the colors you used! Thank you so much for linking to the Open House party this week and I am now a follower.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

  27. Okay, I guess I am moving in. 🙂 You have amazing style. I love the details that you’ve added to every inch of that room. Amazing, all of it. Seems so welcoming & cozy! Thank you very much for sharing this @ Show & Share!

  28. what a lovely home. I’m glad my dogs aren’t the only camera hogs!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

  29. What a beautiful home. Thank you for opening up your home to us! Thank you so much for sharing your post at Savvy HomeMade Monday! I hope you will come back and party again!

  30. Hello from a new visitor! I think your home is beautiful and warm and inviting. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. God bless x

  31. Alison @ The Polohouse says:

    What a gorgeous home!
    So glad you came by and linked up with Favorite on the First!
    Hope you will stop by on February First also when the theme ll be:
    Sharing your favorite PET!
    Hope you can do a post on Maggie and link it up then!

    Thanks again for joining in!
    Your home is just LOVELY.

    P.S. Love the fabric and cording in the back of the bookcases!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I absolutely love your beautiful home. Your choice of colors and fabrics are perfect. May I ask where you purchase your curtains, especially the checked curtains in the bedroom? I have been looking for years for pretty curtains and haven’t been able to find ones I like. Thank you so much. I really enjoy your blog. ~Esther Edwards

    1. Hi Esther. Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I’m really glad that you enjoy the blog. I made all of the window treatments in my home myself. I own a custom window treatment workroom. If you’re interested in having custom draperies made, let me know and after getting a little more info from you, I can give you a quote and they could be shipped to you (if you don’t live locally). OR – if you sew and you’re interested in making your own, I’d be glad to walk you through the steps. Take care. Suzy

  33. I love your home – the colors are fantastic! We just purchased a new home with 4100 sq feet of blah! May I ask what colors you used in the family room/kitchen! I love how the three colors compliment each other! Thank you!

  34. Hi Teresa. Thank you for your sweet comment! The family room is Lowes American Traditions Oatlands Buff Gold #3004-8A. The kitchen is Sherwin Williams Lemon Verbena #SW7726. Hope this helps!

  35. love your home! thank you for sharing–your family room is so warm and relaxing–can i ask where you purchased the furniture? it is exactly what i am looking for in our family room! thanks again for sharing your gorgeous home!

  36. sorry–looking back i should have been more specific–where are your overstuffed chairs from? we have a leather sofa and large chair but i am looking for some big comfy chairs to go along in the family room–thanks again

    1. I purchased those chairs several years ago at a local furniture store called Priba. I’ve had them reupholstered once so I can no longer see the tag to tell you what brand they are. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be of more help!

  37. Cozy’s a great word to describe the place. There’s a lot of room for moving around, while the placement of furniture, and the colors and lights give such a comfortable feeling. Heh, I can understand why you’d be blogging in that living room. You’ve done an excellent job in designing the room!

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