One Year Later, It’s Finally Here! The Design Reveal of Our Family Room

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I made an exception today. I usually sit down to write at the same spot around the same time of day, but for this post, it felt only natural to sink into my well-established reading spot in the family room to gather my thoughts around this reveal. We began making updates to the family room design last fall and it’s been quite the process from start to finish.

Our family room has been a place where I have taken the biggest leaps design-wise—an exercise in aligning my gut and heart with the will to abandon the desire to satiate popular opinion. I don’t feel any less nervous to share the result of the design which, in my experience, is a good indication I succeeded in putting my heart into this space. While this room was designed for our family’s needs, the process also deepened my curiosity about the roles color, texture, and pattern play in catering to our emotional needs. All in all, I’m really proud of how this room turned out. 

Before we get to all of the juicy reveal photos, let’s take one final walk down memory lane…

Here’s the family room in its original glory in a bold YELLOW color. This is one of the photos from the listing.

Once we moved in, we added some of our existing furniture to the space.

Then we moved some things around (a couple of times).

Last fall, we removed the built-in shelves and painted the room green.

Then we painted the trim too.

Throughout the winter and spring, we added a few new key pieces including the sofa, sisal rug, and artwork. Read more about these design decisions in this blog post!

This brings us to the present day and a FINISHED family room.

We’ve made a number of changes to this room in recent months! Here’s a look at the primary updates we’ve made. We:

So, did we achieve what we set out to in this family room? Let’s dive into the details…

What’s the purpose of this room?

From the start of designing this room, this was what I struggled with the most. The room itself—because of elements like the ornate built-ins—felt very formal for what we needed it to be. We needed a place that could be a true family room—a place for watching TV and lounging—but the room still begged for some traditional elements.

For a while, I let the idea of creating a more formal space clash with what my family actually needed. Once we decided on the layout (one with a cozy sofa in the center of the room), we were able to get the ball rolling toward achieving what we needed functionally.

Does the room have the feeling we wanted to create in it?

Yes! I go in and melt into the sofa and read and the kids have found their favorite spots too. And because there are so many tables, there are plenty of spots where you can set down a drink and get cozy for a while. It’s a room where the whole family can relax.

How does the design contribute to that feeling?

We focused on adding the right lighting, adding enough storage for the kids’ toys, and bringing in enough modern elements so the room didn’t feel too stuffy or formal. 

The clean lines of certain furnishings, the vanilla rattan of the coffee table, the modern boho diamond pattern on a console table, the post-modern lamps with an interesting shape, the Picasso print—all of these things helped create a lightness around the rich, dark sofa and red rug. The warmth really comes from the variety of textiles and natural materials that soften the green sofa and red rug combo.

We also brought in some vintage chairs that are Dutch from the ‘70s that add a bit of funkiness to the space. I love how those mix with the super ornate gold mirror that’s above the fireplace, the ornate flowers in the adjacent art, and other more traditional design elements. The tension is what makes the room interesting.

Was there anything we did differently than we’d originally planned?

There were a couple of things. We were originally going to put a console table under the TV until we realized that the length of the wall shelves (which were originally going to be hung behind the sofa) was the exact length of the TV It just ended up being one of those happy accidents. 

We added a Picasso print I already owned behind the sofa instead of the wall shelves. I love the print and felt like it was the right size, scale, and lightness to create a focal point on that wall.

We also changed our plan for the seating area in the bay window. Rather than adding a cafe table and chairs in the family room, we decided to put them in the peach room. In their place are two vintage lounge chairs; they face the sofa and help create a really conversational seating arrangement while also drawing focus away from the TV (a win-win in my book).

What are my favorite parts of the room?

I love what we did with the TV wall. Adding the shelves helps mask a design element that’s often considered a sore spot.

The storage cabinet is also working so well for us and I love the texture the piece adds to the space.

Additionally, the red rug brings me joy every day. It feels so rich and when you step into the room, the cozy rug makes it feel like you’re meant to chill out (as opposed to nearby rooms which have tile flooring).

Is the room done?

Yes! Save for one potential detail. The ceiling is big and long and it kind of begs for something, so we may eventually add an overhead light. For now, we have warm mood lighting in place that works really well. All of the lamps make the room feel really cozy. 

I also can’t wait to see what seasonal decor changes the holiday season brings to this space! It is where, last year, we gathered in our pajamas and opened presents with plates of donuts on our laps and mimosas in hand. My wheels are already turning!

Product Sources:

We were gifted certain pieces in this room, including those from Crate & Barrel and the One Kings Lane sofa.

Paint Color: Churlish Green by Farrow & Ball
Sofa: One Kings Lane
Console Table Behind Sofa: Crate & Barrel
Console Table Near the Entrance: Crate & Barrel
Storage Cabinet: Crate & Barrel
Coffee Table: Lulu & Georgia (glass top added separately)
Lounge Chairs: Vintage via Golden Age Design
Room Divider: The Inside
Stools: Article
White Side Table: Lulu & Georgia
Marble Side Table: West Elm (purchased years ago)
Black Side Table: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Folding Table: Vintage
Red Rug: Nordic Knots
Sisal Rug: Safavieh
Matching Floor Lamps: Crate & Barrel
Floor Lamp: Mooielight
Table Lamp: Safavieh
Artwork Next to the Fireplace: Minted She’s Blooming print and The Fox Takes Off Her Gloves print
Artwork Above Console Table: St. Frank
Picasso Print: Chairish (purchased years ago)
Floral Pillows: Lyndsayrebeccashop on Etsy
Floor Mirror: Crate & Barrel
Mirror Above Fireplace: Vintage
Wall Shelves: Crate & Barrel
TV: Samsung
Blinds: (Color: Cape Cod Sand)

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BY Kate Arends - September 13, 2021

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September 13, 2021 11:33 am

I *love* the TV wall 🙂

Priya Srinivasan
September 13, 2021 12:55 pm

I love it so much! I can imagine how cozy it is in the evening with all of the lamps and accent lighting.

Karen Patton
September 13, 2021 1:02 pm

I really love how this room has turned out. Fresh, cozy, and inviting with a touch of class. And so much texture! I love the console table with the stools underneath and the striped screen.

But I’m a little confused with the “television” corner. I guess the television corner is a progress shot, it doesn’t show the shelves above & below, but where is the placement of the Dutch chairs? Is it in front of the built in cabinet or the fireplace?

You’ve done an outstanding job creating a room with color that doesn’t scream, “COLOR!”

September 13, 2021 3:43 pm
Reply to  Karen Patton

The TV wall is in the first photo under “How does the design contribute to that feeling?” There’s art displayed on the TV, so it’s easy to miss that it’s a TV at all. 😊

September 13, 2021 1:10 pm

This is really great! It is beautiful, interesting, and cozy all at once.

September 13, 2021 2:51 pm

Oh. My. God. You knocked this out of the park!! It’s absolutely incredible. Funky but still elegant cozy and rich. Hats off!!!!

September 13, 2021 2:56 pm

I love that you’ve done an unusual color combo and it doesn’t look like anything else I’ve seen (I’m so bored with the white wall, natural finishes, minimalist California thing that is everywhere). Way to take risks in your space and make something that is so unique and specific to you.

Mary Tracy
September 13, 2021 3:45 pm

Love it! Be proud!

Becca G
September 13, 2021 4:59 pm

I am absolutely in love with this color scheme! The whole room turned out great… I’m missing that oversized art piece that used to be where the floor mirror is now, hope that makes an appearance elsewhere in the house!

Le Davolli
September 13, 2021 7:37 pm

Love it! You nailed this room! And yes, we should be making the choices we love and not necessarily other people are going to like it. It’s lovely too see how much you grew as a designer from our first house and making unpopular choices it’s part of the process to be in love with who we are! Congrats!

Lindsay Rogers
September 13, 2021 9:30 pm

I love it, Kate! I love the pops of red, especially in the pillows in framed textiles. I admire you for experimenting with color and taking risks!

September 14, 2021 7:12 am

I love it so much! The color palette especially really sings to me. It’s inspiring to see an unconventional color story that came from a vision in your head to reality. Starting with the yellow room I would have struggled to make that creative leap. I can’t believe how much you’ve been able to do over such a short time.

September 14, 2021 10:02 am

Congratulations! We’re on the verge of painting our living room & I’m wondering what you would do with a brick fireplace (& natural wood mantle). AND I have white linen drapes so would it look funny to paint the woodwork in the wall color? Can’t wait for our transformation : )

September 14, 2021 10:59 am

So unique and beautiful! Great work, Kate!

Cara Malat
September 14, 2021 1:30 pm

Love what you did here. What a difference small changes make. Where can I purchase the original white sofa? I have a very small house and the scale and design of that settee would be perfect for my living room.

Shani Hursh
September 14, 2021 9:10 pm

How did you disguise the tv? I know there is at displayed on the tv, do you remove it when you want to watch the tv?

September 30, 2021 2:21 pm

Love the sofa – where did it come from?

September 30, 2021 2:21 pm
Reply to  susanne

Sorry – just saw:)

October 6, 2021 12:07 pm

Where did you get your floral throw pillows?

February 27, 2022 6:51 pm

Hi Kate! I’d love to know if the wall color is both the same color and finish as the trim color (or vice versa). Thanks! Beautiful room and cool use of color.

March 15, 2022 4:06 pm

Hi Kate, I love your taste !! I think you would like my website too, we have awesome home decor!

November 25, 2022 5:13 am

I love the bright yellow, looks awesome!

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