So excited to finally reveal our family room refresh! It’s been a heck of a journey since we started working on it nearly a year ago.
Fun Fact: We discovered that our TV has a setting that lets you display a rotating screen of artwork when you’re not watching TV.
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Our Family Room Refresh Journey
Like so many during COVID, as we turned away from travel, we turned firmly towards home improvement projects. One of the areas we wanted to address was our family room. We originally decorated in the early 2000’s right after we moved into this house. For many years we loved the warm, cozy vibe but recently had been craving something lighter, brighter and updated.
Our first step in this project was to address flooring. We’d replaced the carpet on the rest of the lower level of our house a couple of years back and really liked how that flooring was holding up. This Mirage engineered hardwood in Rio Maple finish also combines really well with the various tiled areas of our home. We decided to use this same flooring for the family room and simultaneously replaced all our upstairs carpeting with the same product. We love that it is low maintenance, pet-friendly, and easy to clean.
The light brick fireplace felt dated and we really wanted the option to be able to hang our TV so we addressed that next. Wanting to keep things, light, clean, and bright, we opted for a wood panel surround. We painted the fireplace doors ourselves using a matte black, high-heat product and did a soft white-wash treatment on the brick areas that would remain exposed.
Now we were ready for the fun stuff! Furniture and decorative accents. A family member has a battery-operated American Leather sofa with recline that we really liked so we wanted to look at their products and see if we could find something to suit our style. We landed upon the Napa sofa in a pebbled leather finish called Sand Dollar.
At this point, we had a bit of a waiting game. There have been so many raw material and shipping delays during COVID. Finally in, February, our sofa arrived and we were ready to move on to other pieces.
We found an abstract print rug that tied together with our mix of creams, tans, and greys. Next, we ordered a side chair, the ottoman, small side tables, and then finally found a console table to anchor the space below the pictures on the wall.
For the finishing touches, we used a lot of items we already owned. While they’re not Instagram-perfect, they have meaning to us and speak to our personalities.
- The statuette on the left mantle was brought back from Indonesia by Natty Guy’s grandmother as a trip memento. While we’ve not been there, it reminds us of Thailand, one of our favorite travel destinations.
- The Chelsea Shipstrike clock and Chris-Craft model were gifts from my dad, a life-long boater and fan of all things nautical.
- The pictures are Stobart’s, passed down from a family member. Another nod to our love of the water and marine pursuits.
- The old GE fan was a flea market find that we both oddly took to.
New items include the ottoman tray with candles and the two vases alongside the fireplace. The vases were a HomeGoods find but I linked a similar piece below.
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Until next time…keep cultivating a simple, stylish, and satisfying life!
4 thoughts on “Family Room Refresh: Makeover Reveal”
it looks nice. I like the additions of the plants and putting tv on the wall moves the furniture so it breaks up between rooms. the fireplace looks better as well.
Thanks so much! We really like having the TV over the fireplace – so much cleaner.
Hi Betsy. I just loved this post! It’s nice to see what someone else is doing in renovations.We will be having a similar fireplace mantel. Yours is beautiful. We are also putting the same type of tv over our mantel. All of this will have to wait until we come back from Armenia, which is our next destination. We’re hoping to be able to move in our new home when we get back. Enjoy your new space. xx
Thanks so much! We’ve really been enjoying having the TV up and out of the way. Hope you will as well. Have a fantastic time in Armenia and a smooth move into your new home. Can’t wait to see all the latest updates and it will be so nice to finally be planted in your home base.