Friday, July 22, 2011

Family Room (Slow) Progress

We moved into our house in 2003.  Since then, my tastes in home decor/design have changed pretty dramatically.  My needs in terms of space (and the use of it) have changed pretty dramatically too, due to the three-kids-under-the-age-of-5 thing.

I knew that I was ready for a change, particularly in my family room.

Here was how it looked last winter:

Ugh.  I can't tell you how much I dislike it.  So boring!  Here are some things I knew I wanted to change about the space:

I want to keep the cute little kid sitting on the love seat (did you spot him there??) and, let's face it, I don't think The Wiggles on the TV are going anywhere anytime soon.  Nathan is somewhat obsessed, and I'm still wondering why Jeff is always so sleepy?  That's a question for another day, I suppose.

One thing I really noticed as I stepped back and looked at this photo is the absence of color.  Everything is just so neutral and nondescript.  COLOR is something that was sorely missing in this room.

I'm sorry to tell you that not TOO much has changed with this room, yet.  Part of the reason is because of my indecisiveness, and part of it is due to lack of time.  But the process has begun.  You'll be happy to know that I'm getting ready to turn a coffee table into an upholstered ottoman.  Look at the fabric I chose:

COLORFUL, right?   We also got a new sofa that I am LOVING.  It's gray (I know, neutral!) but I wanted a neutral couch so I could dress it up with some great pillows.  I received this Chicago Textile Accent pillow from, and I knew it would go perfectly with the couch, especially because I'm using lots of blues in the room.

It's a microsuede, and the color is Glacier.  Isn't it pretty?  I love it!  It's extremely well-made, and I know it's going to hold up to the demands of the little ones as well as our pets.  Wanna see the best part?

It's machine washable, baby!  Woo-hoo!  I also think it will look great with the new ottoman:

It's a great start to the room, and I'm going to add more patterned pillows around it.  If you're interested in new pillows, or any living room furniture for that matter, check out the huge selection on their site!

For now, I'm busy adding color to the room wherever I can:

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  1. It will be amazing! And getting there is half the fun!!

  2. I love that framed print! Where did you get it?


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