My Family Room Could Actually Be Cheery (Who Knew?)

 Family Room Fabric Options

Family Room Fabric Options

 Closeup of Vintage Quilt Hanging in Family Room

Closeup of Vintage Quilt Hanging in Family Room

Remember how my family room changed when we started mocking up where the mud room would be. I can't tell you how much better that room feels now! Every child who used to come into that cavernous room would get so wild, and now... well, things still get wild and out of hand, but it takes a lot longer to get there! We actually have peace and tranquility in our home on a daily basis now. Who knew that such a simple change could have such a profound impact?

It's so funny, too, that what finally made me have this huge leap forward was the fact that we (collectively, with your help) decided to renovate the pantry. The pantry lead to the mudroom, and the mudroom lead to the family room, and BLAM my world is different. Amazing.

So, recently I had my friend Krista from See Mommy Do It over and I told her how I kept envisioning yellow curtains in my family room because her daughter's room has yellow curtains and they just make the whole room look like sunshine. Next thing you know, we're dragging all my fabric out and spreading things all over and coming up with a plan. This seems to happen when we hang out. Krista is also the person who helped me figure out the living room on an Magna Doodle.

(Hmmmm... Maybe it should not be such a mystery as to why our daughters routinely empty every single closet, drawer and cubby when they are together.)

Anyway. So this is what my family room looked like when I did the big switcheroonie last week.

 Family Room After Blocking Out Mud Room

Family Room After Blocking Out Mud Room

And this is what it looked like after we hung fabric all over the place.

 Family Room Fabric Options

Family Room Fabric Options

I just love the happy yellow fabric for curtains, and how the yellow and aqua look together. That and the bits of pink and orange and green and it just makes me smile every time I see it.

 Family Room with Fabric Samples Hanging Up

Family Room with Fabric Samples Hanging Up

 Closeup up Family Room Pillow Fabric Options

Closeup up Family Room Pillow Fabric Options

 Closeup of Yellow Curtain Fabric and Aqua Paneling

Closeup of Yellow Curtain Fabric and Aqua Paneling

 Family Room with Fabric Samples Hanging Up

Family Room with Fabric Samples Hanging Up

We also tried some wainscoting and paneling options. We tried every height I could think of. I had originally envisioned this room with floor to ceiling painted paneling, but when we propped something up, it made the couch feel really small and unwelcoming. Then we tried the 5' height idea, because I love that in other people's homes, but again it just felt like the furniture was dwarfed and uninviting. Turns out that the best option is plain old boring standard wainscoting. I guess I just like things boring! Ha!

It was Mr. Magpie who came up with the idea of the wainscoting being aqua. I was thinking it would be white. But he wanted me to flip the panel that we were using to the other side (so the cross-cross braces wouldn't be distracting), and I had painted the other side aqua for another project, and WHAM. I love it.

I've already started doing the projects to make this vision a reality, so that soon I can take this room:

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To something like this:

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What fun!

What about you? Have you ever gotten to a really great place with a room by accident?

 ~Angela :-)

~Angela :-)

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