We try to abide by one rule at our home when it comes to decorating: make people feel at home.
Once upon a time, a dear priest friend of ours came over for a glass of wine, after the children had gone to bed. As he settled down on the couch, he commented, “Your house just feels like a home.” I have never been given a greater compliment. Scott and I don’t own flashy cars, go on exotic vacations or even buy fancy clothes. Truth be told, we’re really homebodies and you know what these homebodies do? We try to make every square inch of our house a home. Because I think there is a big difference. What can I say? Hospitality is my charism.
Behold, the family room before. As in, these were taken when we toured the house while it was on the market. Let me be clear. I would never own a fringed couch. A shirt, yes, but not furniture.
Oh what, you can’t see anything because it is ALL WHITE? I know. I kinda felt like I had fallen into no-color hell. The first thing we did was recarpet. I have this thing about living on other’s people’s carpet. I can’t do it. I have to replace the toilet seats, too. Hi, OCD.
Anyway, back to the room at hand. Here is your after!
For 13 long years we had the same couches. They cost us about $500 and took us two years to pay off when we first married. They were awesome and then we had kids and they got totally trashed. Two years ago, when the busted spring began poking through the cushion, we posted them on Craigslist and never looked back. We bought these beauties in East Texas, along with the chairs and fabric ottoman. The beauty of having a game room is that the kids trash those couches and not these! Originally, we had a wooden coffee table in this room, but $350 and an ER visit later, it got donated.
We also re-worked our DVD/blu-ray collection. As in, I donated most of it. We whittled it down to two baskets: big people movies and little people movies. When we run out of space, another movie gets donated. Perfection.
When I shared our fireplace reno, several of you asked about “the artwork.” Here’s your Paul Harvey rest of the story. When we moved in, there was limited wall hanging space with all that wall molding and we didn’t have anything large to hang above the mantel. That is, until our dear friends moved to Washington state and asked if we wanted their Jesus artwork. Um, YES. I love that every time I look at that beautiful piece of art, a composition of music notes, of Jesus hanging on the cross, I am reminded of a beautiful friendship. It is my absolute favorite thing about this room.
We also painted those walls. They are a bit tricky. From the front of the house to the back, there is no real break in the wall painting area, so we had to commit to a color to pretty much the entire downstairs area. We chose something neutral and then took advantage of the one wall we could accent and painted it a dark brown. It really sets off the curtains and makes the room feel a bit more cozy and not so huge, a tricky feat in an open area with such high ceilings. Scott was the master DIY painter for all this space and he is absolute rockstar. Those are 20-foot ceilings! He did tell me to choose wisely because he was only painting this space once.
Here’s one more “before and after” from the catwalk upstairs.
Here’s your final white vs. hello color. I think color wins.
Corkboard by Valspar, accent wall
Vanilla Brandy by Olympic, downstairs area
For more home renovations, click on over to the Before & After page!