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. Jo's This and That says:

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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


  14. 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!

  15. 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