Saturday, November 22, 2014

Family room reveal

This is our Family room reveal..I thought i'd break up all the holiday reveals for a moment and share the most used room in our house!! Our family room is a very bright and open space, its open to the kitchen eating area, so it naturally becomes the space where everyone gathers when we have people over. I decided to include a mix of pictures from our Summer and Fall decorating.. The next few days will be all about our Family Room including our BIG Christmas Reveal.. So stay tuned... 
Thoughts from Alice
The previous owners had a lot of warm tones throughout.. So for me It was about making the house more neutral, softer and lighter... Think Pottery Barn-ish.. We kept the wall colour in here.. Mostly because of the cost to get a room with this kind of ceiling height painted is through the roof!! We removed all the wooden blinds.. which lightened the room automatically!! BUT IT GETS HOT NOW!! Don't get me wrong I love the way the windows look OPEN.. BUT for practicality as its a very bright room.. maybe we needed them?? Either way I couldn't live with colour of the wood blinds.. So instead we installed simple white curtains across the bottom windows and the Juliet Balcony Doors. It's a much softer look now.
Painting the Built in drywall Media unit made the biggest change. It completely brightened up the space. In a perfect world I wouldn't have kept this unit as I feel its dated and the unevenness at the top made me uneasy ;) Not really my style. But due to budget restraints.. we kept it. It has honestly grown on me... And I think when you see the changes we made to it, it will grow on you too!
 I will be sharing those in a separate post tomorrow as there is too many changes to list now.
Our house has a subtle french country nautical theme going on throughout. I've always been drawn to nautical decor, and with having a pool, I really played into the whole beachy coastal theme. The SWIM sign was a great find at Elizabeth Interiors years ago.. Even before we had a pool lol.. I know I am a geek.. But look I finally have a great place to display it.. pointing right at our pool ;)
This is our Family room in the fall.. I really should have changed out the Swim sign :(.. 
I will be making new seasonal wood signs for that spot from now on :)
The french door leads to my husbands separate office.. Which was a huge selling feature as our previous home didn't have one. Above the door we hung a vintage boat oar that I painted 'white' on these great boat cleats from this Etsy Shop... I can't say how much I love Etsy enough!!
You can really see our hardwood here. Under the open stair banister I have 2 accent chairs. It's great when we get a large crowd over.  The chairs were from Kijiji, I recovered them for the second time in this linen material, so that I could have more pillow material choices ;) 
This large Vintage 'Antiques' sign is my latest fabulous antique find.. It wasn't particularly a good deal in price, but it is unique in the sense of the letters being cut out! I loved that it was already distressed from age and the colouring was perfect.. white.. so I was sold!
Gosh I love wood signs.. Can you tell??
Another big change was the curtains!! We added these Ikea RITVA drapes.. They have some weight.. Plus they look like Linen but have a great price tag! They come in different lengths which worked out great for us, as we needed super long!!. I wanted white for a fresh look and so I could change up pillows etc whatever the theme/ season. We hung the curtains on a super long extension rod from Ikea as well.. It worked out great for this huge window..11ft of rod!! ;)
The white sectional is from our previous Living room, It's the classic Ikea Ektorp slipcovered sectional, The brown velvet tufted ottoman is from our previous family room. It was originally bought from Ethan Allen years ago. I made some money when we sold our first house and wanted to treat myself! 
  The extra large wicker and rope storage basket acts as a side table and provides all the storage to hide our daughters toys.. If we aren't having guest over.. Its pretty much OPEN all day long!!
 In the corner behind the sofa.. I have a Vintage telescope, weathered map sketch and our sofa table.
The only real purchase that we made for this room is this Dash and Albert striped indoor/outdoor rug.
This was a splurge item for us from Muskoka living Interiors. I absolutely LOVE this store!! For the most part its entirely out of our price range but it's fun to go there and dream.
If you liked this room you may like our FULL Living room Reveal here

See Our Christmas Decor in our Family Room HERE

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  1. The room is so beautifu!! I just love the soothing neutral tones used throughout!

  2. Thanks so much Lisa. Neutrals have such a calming affect.

  3. Your family room looks wonderful - so much more inviting than before. You did an amazing job styling the built ins too!

  4. Thank you JoAnne.. I will be posting a in depth view on our built ins and the styling today you may be interested in.

  5. This space is wonderful! I am loving all the neutrals. Gorgeous! Pinned! Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! We hope to see you again next Saturday night!

  6. This space is absolutely wonderful! I love how the curtains give the vaulted ceiling even more height yet still soften the room. The linen choice was perfection. Pinned! Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! We hope to see you again next Saturday night!

    1. Thanks Kyla!! So happy to be a part of your great link party!