Thursday, August 22, 2013

House Tour: Family Room

Thirteen years ago today, I gave birth to my first son.

He was 10 days overdue. My husband was out of town when my water broke and had to race back in the middle of the night. The baby's heart rate dropped dangerously low, and I was rushed into emergency c-section surgery.

I was panicked. My husband was panicked. My parents said they aged 10 years. It was quite the event.

Turns out that the cord was wrapped twice around my baby's neck.

You see, people... it's been chaos from the very beginning :)

Luckily, everything turned out okay, and we now have a teenager. Gulp!

Little did we know back then, that we would go through the childbirth process 3 more times and end up with a family of 6.

Since this day marks the beginning of our family life, it seems fitting that I should show you our family room.

Here are a few "before" pictures of the room when we bought our house 6 years ago...




And here is the room today...

The changes we've made:

  • painted the walls Benjamin Moore "Mayonnaise"
  • painted the baseboards, door and window trim Benjamin Moore "Mayonnaise."
  • removed the dark wood blinds
  • purchased a sectional, so we could all have a place to sit :)
  • recovered the two chairs in lighter fabrics
  • had the zebra print and coral pillows custom made
  • painted the quilt ladder
  • accessorized

On the "to do" list:

  • replace carpet with hardwood floors
  • do something with the dated built-ins/wet bar area (stay tuned ... I have some things in mind)
  • maybe someday make a decision about painting the wood. I am soooo indecisive about that!!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific Thursday!! 

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  1. Carolyn, it's a really pretty room. I really like your style.

  2. First off, Happy Birthday to your teenager! Quite an accomplishment to be raising a teen and five other kiddos. Your room is absolutely lovely. You can tell it is lived in AND loved. xo Diana

  3. What a beautiful, cozy room! I love the pillows!! Where did you find them??

  4. I so love that everything about it...and time certainly flies by so quickly...Happy Birthday to your "teenager"...

  5. I LOVE this room!!!! Happy birthday to your teen!!! :-)

  6. What a beautiful room! I love the wood, keep it!

  7. Carolyn...your home looks comfy feeling...Can you believe how fast they grow up... Where does the time go!

  8. Where are all the army guys, Pokémon cards, cars, trucks, knives, guns, and numchucks??????

  9. So pretty! It's amazing how white walls really made the woodwork fresher and lighter! I'm usually all for painting out wood, but I don't know - yours is gorgeous just the way it is :)

  10. Carolyn, your family room is so beautiful!! I love it, and what you've done to make it a bright, comfy, cheerful, pulled-together space for your family. I am actually a fan of the unpainted wood, I think it's such a pretty contrast to your neutral walls.
    Happy birthday to your son, your story is just like mine (my first was 9 days overdue, and cord wrapped his neck….as well as my daughter when she came along too…..our babies are movers and shakers in there!) Wishing your new teenager a wonderful day and year ahead.

  11. Love what you have done with this room. It looks "styled" without being stuffy and I agree that having a space that works for everyone is a must. Love the wood detail!
    Corey from

  12. I absolutely love how you've chosen not to paint the wood. It's a beautiful, cozy and warm family room. As it should be. I think it's perfect for a family with 5 males and 1 female. :-) It's a reflection of your family. It's perfect!