I Think I'm Finally Getting Somewhere

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 Family Room Daybed and Piano

Family Room Daybed and Piano

 Children's Book Armoire

Children's Book Armoire

One of the rooms I have struggled with the most at my house has been the family room. We were so thrilled when we bought the house to have such a large family room, but in practice, the room has been a challenge. It's too big to be cozy, but not big enough to break into two areas. And there's never been a good spot for the TV.

I have tried several times to put the dining room in here along with the family room (you can see that in my big confessional from last fall), but I've never gotten that to work. The room always feels so crowded.

Last weekend we decided to clear the room and reset the furniture. I am finding that I really have to get a room set with furniture pieces first, and then I can start thinking colors and fabrics. It does mean I have to live with a color palette that might not be my first choice (such as in this room), but at least the room as good flow, so it feels nice and cozy even though the colors are going to get an update moving forward.

The first thing we did was setup the daybed under the window. This used to be in Baby Girl's room, but we wanted a "bouncy" bed for her (i.e. one with a box spring), so the daybed needed a new home. I think it looks great here, and I love being able to curl up and read a book or ponder the garden.

 Family Room Daybed and Piano

Family Room Daybed and Piano

You can definitely see what I mean about the ruffle on the quilt not working in this spot, though, can't you?

Then we moved in the piano. I love having the piano in the family room -- the kids are actually exploring it! They never did when it was in the living room. We also added an armoire (thrifted a few months ago) on the other side with Rocket Boy's books in it. He loves that they are safe from Baby Girl, and I love how cute it is.

 Family Room

Family Room

Please ignore my painted subflooring and unpainted post-demo walls. Eeep.

Finally, we floated the main sitting area in the middle(ish) of the room. I like it, I really do. Apparently so does "Grammar Gorilla." Ha. My son named him. He floats around the family room from spot to spot. It makes me jump every time I walk in the room, but the kids love him.

 Family Roomo

Family Roomo

Please ignore the black plastic on the couch. That's a post-cat-mishap situation, waiting for the enzyme cleaner to dry. Oh yes, and my husband's forest-green leather club chair. Sigh.

Clearly I have a ton of work to do. Paneling, paint, trim, curtains, flooring, slipcovers, furniture painted... the list goes on. But the basic spine of the room is set. I'm not going to change it again. I know, I know, but this time, I'm really not! :-)

I'm so relieved to get this figured out, finally! Ultimately I want a cheery space that's bright but with a garden flavor. I'm thinking hardwood floors, pale cream walls, white trim, distressed white furniture, lots of neutrals and then an explosion of cheery quilts and pillows and things in all the cheery 1930's colors, like in these vintage quilt blocks.

I won't be doing those projects right now, since I'm still working on Baby Girl's room, but I'm happy to have a room that feels good while I wait to get to all the fun parts.

So am I the only one who works this way? Do you guys set the furniture first and then work on colors and such, or do you start from color and design and then go from there?

 ~Angela :-)

~Angela :-)

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