I’m proud to be partnering with Raymour & Flanigan for the One Room Challenge and share my honest opinion and experience with you!
The day has finally come my friends! There is nothing quite like the six week One Room Challenge to finally get done what you’ve been dreaming of doing to your home. I can’t tell you how happy I am to pull this room together and make it a space we really love to be in and am beyond thrilled to partner with Raymour & Flanigan on this makeover!
If you’re new here, a quick recap from week one…
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!
Our family room makeover
I’ve worked on our family room before, and it wasn’t in bad shape, but our furniture has seen three kids grow through the years and weathered our old sweet but slobbery Saint Bernard. The couch frame cracked when someone (“wasn’t me!!!”) catapulted onto it and the DIY fix I attempted wasn’t working too well. I also reupholstered two big club chairs myself and while I gave it my best shot, let’s just say it turns out reupholstering might not be my calling in life. We got our money’s worth from the furniture and art in this room and it was majorly time for an upgrade!!
Here’s what this room looked like when we moved here eight years ago….
….and most recently I had given the fireplace a facelift and painted the room white, but everything was starting to look and feel tired in here (and I was so exhausted from looking at the same art for 20 years that one day I just took it down and didn’t put anything back up…for months 🙂 ).
Overall the color palette of our family room has stayed the same, but wow!! It’s amazing how better fitting furniture, new moulding and some restyling can make a space feel! Here it is after six weeks of the ORC……
Another recent before……
If you’ve followed along on this room makeover you know I was beside myself to find the very sofa I had been dreaming of for this space at Raymour & Flanigan! I was all set to go with a neutral sofa when last minute I checked online and discovered this beauty! Oh I love her!! She is everything I hoped she would be, long, lean, durable, and oh so comfortable!
This is the Griffon sofa in navy chenille, so incredibly soft, with plenty of room to stretch out!!
The back is low, and my family was concerned it wasn’t going to be comfortable, but it’s the perfect canvas for comfy throw pillows.
This room is all about subtle texture, which gives a monochromatic color palette a little interest. Velvet, linen, macrame, natural materials, nubby textures, all so good together.
The rug is an ivory braided jute that has tons of color variations and is reversible. Jute is hard wearing and the braided aspect means it won’t show traffic patterns like a boucle looped jute rug does.
I took a poll about sconces and these sunbursts were hands down the favorite!! The only part of this room makeover I did not DIY was installing electrical boxes on this wall and having these plug in lights hardwired to a dimmer switch.
I mentioned in a previous post that one of my big setbacks was realizing a canvas print I had custom ordered (read: non-returnable!) was too small for this wall, so I had to scramble to come up with a plan B!
The painting was inspired by this photo I took on our dream trip to Hawaii with our kids a few years ago (you can find the tutorial for a wood mounted photo here!) I’ll share more about this project next week.
I really love to decorate our house with things that are meaningful and remind us of beautiful places we’ve been blessed to see in this world!
I also obviously have a love of coastal, blue and white (going all the way back to the blue and white rose wallpaper my mom let me pick out when I was a kid!), lots of natural elements and a big dose of live green plants. To me this calm and neutral background counterbalances all the CRAZY that is real life 🙂 – and also lends itself to changing things up easily throughout the year!
In the front of the room I have two slipcovered Willowick chairs that are big and insanely cozy for reading a book or watching TV. I got these specifically because this is our family room and the name of the game in here is to make this room a casual, comfortable space that everyone will gravitate to!
This is my new favorite corner in the mornings when the sun streams in!
I like that the arm is similar to the sofa arm but the skirt breaks up all the exposed legs in the room.
These fringed cotton throws are lightweight and perfect for summer!
The view from the foyer is much improved (do you spy the one thing that’s missing?)
The abstract art in the bookcase is by Amira Rahim, an amazing artist whose colorful, joyful work I first saw on Instagram. This piece could not be more perfect for my room!
So here we are at the missing piece – the cabinet doors on the bookcases next to the fireplace! They are all ready to be installed, but I bought the wrong hinges, and ran out of time to install them with the correct ones. I’ll update this post today once they are on – this is seriously one of my favorite parts of the room makeover!
While the marble tile on the surround has lots of the same hues as the rug, the herringbone tile on the hearth is slightly more grey, but I like texture and variation of neutral tones.
If you’re interested in doing your fireplace over, read about how I tiled over our brick surround and raised brick hearth.
On the windows I stayed with my favorite white linen curtains but doubled them up for fullness, using two panels on one side of each window to frame out the chairs.
I love how unlined linen filters the natural light.
Across from the windows is the half wall that separates the family room from the entrance from our garage. I have to install one last piece of crown up there,
The Emelio Settee is so perfect on this wall!! The entrance into the room is on an angle and with the long sofa, I needed something that wasn’t bulky.
I had seen this cute little armless loveseat in a Lonny photo and thought it was so charming!
Besides replacing the furniture, rug and art, and adding the doors to the built in bookcases, the other major component to this room makeover was giving this space some character with mouldings.
I replaced the standard old baseboards with 5″ board with cove moulding, added full wall battens around the room, and topped it all off with crown moulding.
I had already installed crown around the top of the built-ins and fireplace when I did this all over a couple years ago, and this time around I added it to the rest of the room.
This pilaster (a column attached to the wall) mimics the column of the half wall and also separates the family room from the garage entrance; a natural transition to ending the full wall battens.
Excuse these grainy hallway photos – the light from the bathroom and the slider make this a tricky area to photograph! – but here you can see a couple of the pictures from our family travels that I framed for last year’s One Room Challenge bathroom makeover. I traded them with the nautical maps and love the bit of color on this wall!
The view when you walk in from the garage.
Thank you so much for following along on this six week adventure with me!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the comments and feedback through this challenge, and it was so fun to share the process with you!
Special thanks to Linda Weinstein, creator and organizer of the One Room Challenge with media partner House Beautiful, who does so much to organize this bi-annual event, communicate with participants and help us all to keep the process running smoothly!
MY ONE ROOM CHALLENGE SPONSOR
Raymour & Flanigan has been such a champion of Bloggers Heart Habitat and I am truly grateful and proud to partner with a company that is so incredibly supportive of the local community. I LOVE their products and great price points – there is something for everyone in their stores as evidenced by my navy chesterfield dream come true! – and the entire staff I’ve had the pleasure of working with from sales to customer service to delivery has been fantastic. I can’t recommend this company enough! Thank you Raymour & Flanigan!
Also, a huge shout out to EMCO Electric who installed my family room lights and a myriad of other electrical projects in this outdated 80s abode. They are incredibly responsive, honest, tidy and are pros! Check out their website or find them on Facebook if you’re in the metrowest Boston area.
You can find the sources for everything in this room right here!
Cheers to all my ORC comrades who finished rooms this round – we made it to the end of this marathon! Congrats to all!
Check out all the room reveals here, there are so many amazing spaces and talented people out there! Have a great weekend ahead and thanks again for your support and kindness!
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