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One Room Challenge | Coastal Chic Family Room | Week One!

I’m proud to be partnering with Raymour & Flanigan for the One Room Challenge and share my honest opinion and experience with you!
Hello and welcome to the crazy!! Today I’m joining hundreds of other bloggers as a link participant in the bi-annual One Room Challenge and I’m so happy you’re here!


A quick summary.  After living in two new, spacious and perfectly lovely houses when our kids were small, we decided to downsize when our oldest was eleven so that we could do less mortgage paying and more living before our munchkins grew up. I desperately wanted a fixer upper that we could make our own through the years (I can’t tell you how many houses on the market I rejected because they were “too nice”, welcome to Mark’s world!), and somehow managed to talk him into a basic 80s-era house with good bones but in need of a lot of updating. It’s been a slow and steady crawl versus a sprint, but we’re getting there one project at a time! Last spring I rehabbed one of our bathrooms:

Bathroom Before and After | Shine Your Light Blog

DIY marble tiled floor via Shine Your Light

In the fall I added moulding to a half wall and pillar that separates the family room from the bathroom and entrance from the garage (it’s still not 100% done as you can see but I’ll post about that project soon.) Here is the before and so-far.

Now that this space is almost finished up I’m dying to get the family room pulled together. It’s the first room you see when you walk in the door from the garage and the room we use the most.

After renovating the fireplace a few years ago, I tried to make the rest of the room a little more cohesive, but truth be told it has always been a room of misfit furniture from our other houses. The DIY reupholstering of two club chairs, a new rug, curtains borrowed from another room and some styling of our built ins bought us a little more time, but when you have to strategically place baskets and drape throw blankets around the room to disguise the shabbiness, it might be time to pull the trigger on a room makeover!

From afar all looks fairly decent,

but upon closer inspection you’ll see a few harrowing issues, starting with…..



This part looked great at first but eventually came undone.

After a few frustrating attempts to take the back of this chair off and fix the seams, I just went right after it with the staple gun. It’s a good look don’t you think?!

I have spent many, many hours of my life trying to fix my poor reupholstering only to accept the fact that upholstering is not one of my finer skills! It’s all smoke and mirrors over here people!



Let’s talk about the state of the rug, and how many times I have taken pictures of this area between the couch and the coffee table and texted my entire family about how disgusting they all are and how I’m not their maid and how no one is ever allowed to eat in the family room again. Or let’s not. Maybe a cream colored carpet is not a good choice for the Scibilias?



What about that sweet AC unit, so cleverly disguised with a dying plant and a basket? Pretty. Did I mention our second floor has central AC? This house is nuts.



The brown leather couch is part of a set we bought from Domain 13 years ago, and it has served us well with three growing kids and our dear old sweet slobbery Saint Bernard who is no longer with us. Seriously there is nothing like leather for resiliency with kids and pets! BUT…..

it’s hard to tell from these photos but the center cushion dips down because as it turns out the frame of the couch is SPLIT IN TWO (a discovery also group texted to all the members of this family about how we can’t have nice things). I reinforced the frame on the bottom of the couch but unfortunately this created a VERY SQUEAKY couch situation AND the center cushion still dips down and you feel like you’re falling into a sink hole. So yeah. This baby will be retiring to the basement!



While painting our whole first floor Simply White made a world of difference to this 30+ year old house, I think we can all agree this room is a bottle of boredom. Especially when I am so sick of the art that we’ve had for 20 years that I take it off the wall and leave this scenario for months on end 🙂

But oh the potential!!!!!



The coffee table,

and possibly these two chairs that are small, comfortable and fit so well on the half wall.



Copious amounts of moulding on the walls, topped off with crown

(as you can see from my Wainscoting and Moulding Pinterest board, I’m slightly obsessed with this subject….)


the sofa of my dreams, navy blue velvet, but with a coastal vibe! And some fun, interesting art for those white walls!

Sofa | Chairs | Art:  DanHobdayArt on Etsy | Rug | Table (similar)


What do you think – am I nuts? That sofa with those chairs with that art? Mark is giving me the side eyes but it’s time to shake things up around here!



I am beyond thrilled to be partnering with Raymour & Flanigan on this project. I was so impressed with this company when I worked with them on the Bloggers Heart Habitat houses (August 2017 and January 2018) – this family owned company has such a big heart and supports so many community endeavors and I am honored to work with them on this room makeover.

Many thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for creating and organizing the One Room Challenge with media partner House Beautiful! Check out more room challenges that kick off today on the new ORC website!

For those of you who are taking on a room for the One Room Challenge this round, best wishes and let me know so I can follow along!

I’ll be back next week with an update on the family room!

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Friday 13th of April 2018

OH my heavens!! That couch is STUNNING!!! I am drooling over here. What a gorgeous room this is going to be!!


Saturday 14th of April 2018

Leslie thank you! I hope that couch lives up to my expectations for it, you know, seeing as I planned the whole room around it! :) Good luck this week!


Wednesday 11th of April 2018

You are so brave to have reupholstered those chairs yourself! I tried once and it was an epic fail, lol. Your mood board is gorgeous and I say YES YES YES to that sofa with those chairs and that art!! I can't wait to follow along :)


Thursday 12th of April 2018

My upholstered chairs were an epic fail too Susanne! I actually had the seat cushions redone by a pro and in retrospect should have had all the reupholstering done too, but it was SO pricey!! Now the only redeeming part of those chairs are the cushions! I'm excited for them to exit the room, I can't stand looking at them anymore! :)

Jessica | Petal + Ply

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

Your inspiration images have me swooning! Gorgeous!


Thursday 12th of April 2018

It's fun to dream isn't it? Now to execute the plan! Good luck with this next week!

Design Chic

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

It's going to be beautiful ! I can't wait to follow your progress!


Thursday 12th of April 2018

Thank you so much, it's long overdue for this room and I'm excited to change it all up!

Kate Smith

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

I love your plan! Can’t wait to follow along!


Thursday 12th of April 2018

Thanks Kate! It's been a long time coming and I can't wait to make some changes to this space!