There always seems to be that one room in a house that you can’t get just right. Especially when building a house. Sometimes visualizing how a room will look and function and then actually living there for a few years will make you realize you got it all wrong the first go-round. In our last house, I think I redesigned and rearranged our playroom no less than a dozen times and got it right just before we sold it, ha! Our neutral lake house family room was that room in this house.
It started with carpet that I thought was going to be grayer that ended up more teal, and it all went downhill from there. After three years of living here, it finally feels complete and like it should have been all along.
I swear Charlie is alive in the photo below – that dog lives to nap in the sunshine.
The first step in fixing this room was swapping out the offending carpet. It wasn’t a big space, so it was a relatively cheap fix for a couple of hundred dollars. Did I love replacing three-year-old carpet? No, but it was something that was making the room impossible to decorate around.
Next up, we moved our old sectional down here and added in a comfy oversized chair from Sixpenny. We then swapped out the ottoman, which I thought would be soft and comfy for kids, but really was just a magnet for spills. We went with a more snack friendly round coffee table that works perfectly for movie night popcorn.
I found this gorgeous rug and brought it down here for warmth and coziness. Not to mention the pattern helps hide spills and messes.
The craft/game table got a new life with comfortable leather chairs. I had wood ones over here that no one ever wanted to sit on, but now we can actually feel our rear ends after a long puzzle session. ;)
This poor plant is not doing the best, but I’m trying my best to revive him.
Painting the cabinets may have been the biggest change of all (see that post here). Everything just flows so well now and I love the lightness and warmth of the new color. Your eye really focused on the jarring blue of the cabinets and now it’s able to bounce around the room.
The last finishing touches were finding a few new throw pillows and some plant friends! I found these gorgeous new pillows at Tonic Living. I have been on the hunt for the perfect terra cotta/blush pillow to bring out the colors in the rug and everything was so coral looking, but this one was just right.
I think the only thing that really stayed the same down here is the wall color and built-in bookshelves.
Oh and I guess the recessed tv is still here too.
Ahh! It feels so good to finally have this space feel like us. Game nights and movie nights are so much cozier down here now, and I actually look forward to hanging out in this space rather than dreaming up ways I could make it work for us.
Oh, and if you want to see the before pictures, check them out here.
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Couch – Local store that went out of business
Chair – Sixpenny the color is inkcap
Rug – find it here
Table – find it here
Wall color – Agreeable Gray by Sherwin William
Cabinet color – Langdon Dove by California Paint
Table – garage sale find
Chairs – find them here
Hardware – local store and I don’t have brand info on them
Planter – find it here
Sofa table find it here
Bookcase – custom built
Wood floors – BuildDirect Engineered white oak by Vanier
Striped Throw pillows – Tonic Living
Linen Throw pillows – HomeGoods
Blue throw pillows – Find them here
Tan striped pillow – find it here
Baskets – HomeGoods
Stool – find it here
Oar – Pottery Barn from 10 years ago
Wood Beads – find them here
White stripe basket – find it here