What Inspired Me for Our Family Room

For inspiration I always start with the internet and some magazines.  Here are sites & magazines I love to check out.  Decorpad is usually the first place I start.  You can just scroll through the pictures or you can search by color.  Coastal Living is a great place to check out if you are looking for that modern yet beachy room design.  BHG is always a great site or magazine to check out for inspiration.  I would also do Google searches for images to look through.

I just kept saving everything that inspired me, to my computer and then as I found other pictures or ideas that I liked more, I would just deleted the ones I didn’t want anymore.  It was a great way for me to organize my thoughts and plan for this room.  Most of these pictures are from Decorpad.com.

In these pictures I loved the dark and light colors in the room.  They feel welcoming, casual, light & airy all at the same time to me.
I was inspired by almost all of this room.  The white furniture, the window treatments, the casual feel to the room, the flooring, the rug, the ottoman….it was all about the dark & light color and textures in all of these rooms.
Then I came across this picture and that is where the blue in the room came from.  Again with the dark and light colors in this room.  I was draw to it, so I knew that I had to have it.  When you are searching the internet or magazines for inspiration, you usually keep finding inspiration that is similar to each other.  Really look at each picture you have saved and there should be common themes in the pictures.  Pull each picture apart and write down all the things you like or don’t like.  Great way to figure out what you want in your own room.  The paint chips on the right are from Valspar.

This is how I found my ceiling.  I was looking around for ceiling ideas and came across Armstrong’s website.   See our ceiling here.

I found my inspiration for our sofa here.๏ปฟ  Plus which flooring to pick.  We went with the top one.
Some other pictures that inspired me.  We bought almost the same table & chairs, but it was from Ikea and for a lot less.  Check out this post for the details.

I put together a Mood Board for our Family Room.  As I collected images and ideas for the room, I had to put them into one place.  It really is a great way to see a room come together, before you buy anything.  For any of you Young House Love fans, yes that is their old Living Room.  I was inspired by their window treatments and of course their light and airy home.
I hope I have inspired some of you in some way.  I love to inspire others to decorate their homes.  Remember that most of the time there is a cheaper version of what you might love that is too expensive.  Search around.  There are so many great places to buy decent furniture for great prices and you can also pick up inexpensive decor in all of these places too {JCPenny, Ikea, Target, Home Goods}.   Happy shopping everyone.
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Our Family Room Tour – THE BIG REVEAL

I’m so excited to share this room with all of you.  It took a year to do this room from start to finish.  It was the largest & longest project we had ever worked on in our lives.  It was awesome to see my vision for this room turn from inspiration on the computer or magazines into real life.  It’s a room that makes me smile every time I walk into it.  We are very proud of all of our work.  We are so glad we did it all ourselves {except for the recessed lighting & the cement work}.
Introducing our Family Room.  :)
This view is from the bottom of our stairs when you first come downstairs.  Bright and airy, just the way we wanted it.  I was going for a more modern cottage beachy look.  The accent wall represents water and the rest of the walls represent sand.  We wanted to keep most of the furnishings light, but I knew I wanted some darker pieces.  So we found a sofa that has dark leather and a medium microfiber material.  We love it.  Then we knew we needed to go with a medium tone laminate flooring.  Some of the accents in the room are oil bronzed to continue the darker accents in the room {curtain rods & sconces}.

Here is the view from the other end.

I added in green, orange & blue accents in the room in small amounts, just to bring in pops of color.
Next to the closet door is the door to our Laundry Room.
The sofa we wanted was a sectional.  All you do is pull over the large ottoman and then it’s a chaise on the end or really it can be a chaise anywhere along the sofa.  But sometimes we just like to move the ottoman part aside and make it a separate piece to also sit on.  Two people can fit on that ottoman.  Bonus extra seating.  :)

Here are some of the before pictures of what is now our Family Room.  The pervious owners were using this area as 2nd bedrooms and a hallway to the Laundry Room.  It was very “make shift” to say the least.  Most of the rooms were just 2×4’s with paneling over it.  No insulation between the walls either.
1st Bedroom.

2nd bedroom

When the walls came down!!!

So that is our Family Room Tour.  So I have to know….do you guys like the way the room turned out?  If you have any questions about the room, please feel free to ask me.

I will have another post about what inspired me for this room.  And you can check out the rest of this project here:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9.

I hope I have inspired some of you in some way.  I love to inspire others and that is why I started this blog.
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Our Family Room Tour – Part 9 {The Details}

Our Family Room….well the details.  The Big Reveal is next.  ๐Ÿ˜‰
I collected all the decor pieces for the Family Room while we were working on this room for a year.  We only worked on the room mostly on weekends.  As you can see from all the past posts {hereherehereherehereherehere and here } there was a lot of work to be done on this room.  I shopped a lot.  Kept looking in different stores or online until I found what I wanted.  I’m so glad I bought stuff as I saw it on sale, because most of the decor would have been gone once we actually finished this project.  If you see something you really love, whether on sale or not {if it’s a good price and you love it} and as long as it goes along with your vision for the room then get it when you see it.  I would have kick myself in the butt if I hadn’t bought certain things when I saw them.  Just sayin’.  I kept it all in our office upstairs until the room was done.

Picture frames from Ikea {link-$13.99}, Console Table from Ikea {link-$199}, Lamp Base from Target {I bought it at the time for $20}, & Lamp Shade from Lamps Plus {link-$59.99}.  At first I thought that the lamp shade would be a pendant type of light that was going to hang over the sofa in the corner, but then we didn’t want to screw the fixture into the new ceiling tiles. ๐Ÿ˜‰  So it became a table lamp instead.  I love it this way actually!!!  And I also thought I was going to hang these picture frames, but I changed my mind.  I really like the look of them on the console table right now, but that might change down the road.

These shelves are from Ikea {link-$14.99}, the picture frames are from Ikea {link-$3.99 for a 2 pack}  {pictures themselves are from our honeymoon in Hawaii, Maui & Kauai}, the Star Fish & the blue vases are from Michael’s {clearance} & the ship wheel looking piece is actually from my Grandma’s house, which is a nice remembrance.  It tells you the weather.
The letter “Z” is from Kohl’s.
Here is the whole wall.  {the candles & candle sticks are from Ikea, link-$14.99}
Here is the mirror that at first I wanted to be 4 smaller square mirrors {2 on top of each other & 2 on top of each other to make a square}.  Then I saw this large mirror at Ikea and it was ours. {link-$99.99}  The scones are from Kohl’s.
Vases from Ikea {link-$10, link-$8, link-$5}.  Console table they are on is from Home Decorators.  Check out this post here to see the console table.
Jute & Cotton area rug is from Lowe’s.  And they still sell them at our local store on Long Island.  Nice and soft on your feet because of the cotton in the rug.  Otherwise Jute by itself isn’t that soft.  This rug is by the seating area of the room.  Sorry I can’t find a link to them online.
Here is the matching runner also from Lowe’s.  Both rugs are very affordable.
Here is our dining area part of the room.  Chairs, table {sits 4-6} & cushions are all from Ikea.  {table-$249.99, chair-$59.99 and cushion-$9.99}
Couch is from Ashley Furniture, throw from JCPenny & the pillows are from Target.

Next up is the Big Reveal of our Family Room.  I can’t wait to show all of you.  We love this room.  It’s everything we wanted it to be.  Well the hubby would have been happy just with the couch & TV, but everything else makes me really happy.  ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Our Family Room Tour – Part 8 {More Storage}

We tried to put as much storage options into our Family Room right now, so that in the future when there are {hopefully} little ones, we would have places to put extra stuff.  Plus what house doesn’t need extra storage even if you don’t have children. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I bought this storage ottoman from here.  I had a good experience with this company.  It was a little bit more money then what I wanted to spend, but I couldn’t find what I really wanted in the stores.  Love the colors!!!  It’s made out of Seagrass.

We actually have a nice big closet in our Family Room.  It was already part of the room when we bought the house.  It was a bedroom when we bought the house, but before that it was the garage.  You can check it out here.    So I knew the one place we had to go to get the right storage for this closet…..Ikea.  These are actually pantry storage systems, so I knew it would work well for what I had planned for this closet.  It was going to be a pantry downstairs since we have a really small pantry upstairs.  We use this closet for all the “extra” pantry stuff.  We can buy in bulk because of this closet, plus we use it for storage of outside BBQ stuff {plates, platters, table cloths}.
Here are the great drawers that you can get with the system instead of just all shelving.  We love it.  They have that “soft close” feature that so many of Ikea products have or you can put it on as an extra feature.  They are deep and hold a lot.
Yup, no closet would be complete without a small frig right?  {ha ha}  We love it.  This frig is very close to the back door, so it’s perfect during the nicer months when we are outside and want something to drink.
A couple of months ago, we added some more storage to the closet.  Since we do not have a hall coat closet, we needed more space for our coats.  We only have 3 closets in the bedrooms upstairs and lets just say we have already out grown the closets.  Yup I have some work to do in those closets, but that is for another post in the future. ๐Ÿ˜‰   So we added two coat hook racks.  We bought them at Lowe’s.  We still haven’t brought all our coats down yet, but this is a couple of them.
I bought this console table at Home Decorators.  Make sure you check out their “outlet” section, that is where I found this piece for around $150.  Nice deal right!!!  This holds our cable box, hubbies DVDs and some beach towels.  I’m sure over time this piece will change with what we store in it.
And of course our cubby whole under our stairs.  You can check out that project here.
You can check out the rest of the Family Room projects here, here, herehere, and here.
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Our Family Room Tour – Part 7 {How We Hid Our Electric Boxes}

We hid them in plane site actually.  Here are the electric boxes in our Family Room and of course on our feature wall, so we had to hide them somehow.  We thought about making another nicer boxed out front for it.  See the orginal boxed out front here.  But I really didn’t want that.  Then I thought about a canvas piece of art.  Now I just had to find something that fit the size I needed and we had to figure out how to hang it so we could still get to the electric boxes quick enough.  We didn’t want to lift off the art each time we needed to get to the electric boxes.

So we figured we could use hinges to hang the art.  And it worked out perfect.  I believe the art piece was a 30×30 inch canvas that we bought at Chiasso.  They don’t carry this piece anymore, but they do have some other canvas pieces.
We needed to build a frame around the electric boxes because they were not flush with the wall.  We used 1×2 inch pieces of wood all the way around the electric boxes first.  Then we attached the two hinges on the right side of the wood strips and canvas.

Close up of the hinges we used.

Then we had to figure out how to keep the canvas door closed.  Yup that is velcro.  Works great.  We just stapled it to the canvas and the wood strips.

No more electric boxes.  YAY!!!

You can check out all the work we have done on this room here, here, here, here and here.  We are getting really close to the big reveal of the Family Room, so stayed tuned.  Just one or two more posts and then the big reveal of the room.

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Our Family Room was Featured on…..

Armstrong Residential Ceilings.  They found my post about our new ceiling in our Family Room.  Very cool.  I was super excited when I read a comment from Kim @ Armstrong.  Thanks for linking up to my blog Kim.  You can find them on Facebook at “Armstrong Residential Ceilings”.   Check out this post to see our new ceiling planks in our Family Room.

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Our Family Room Tour – Part 6 {Moldings}

We wanted something easy for the mouldings (base and crown moulding).  So I had found a great product at Lowe’s.  Check out this link for all the different kinds of “Moulding Blocks” they have at Lowe’s.  They have different kinds to chose from.  They even have moulding blocks for chair rail moulding.
See the corner piece right here in this picture, that made it so we didn’t have to do mitered edges to all of the moulding.  Plus we liked how different it looked and gave the room a different feel.  We love how it turned out.  We bought the base moulding at Lumber Liquidators because we had a credit to use up there.  Yup that is right LL carries some mouldings.  We bought the quarter round moulding and the crown moulding at Lowe’s.  We bought a contractor pack of the crown moulding, which made it cheaper.  If you like what they have in the contractor packs, it is worth buying it, depending on how much you need of course. Link to Contractor Packs.  It was worth it for this room. (25’x15′)  I believe just the crown molding for this room was about $60.
So here you have the outer corner.
The inner corner.
Here is the crown moulding & the moulding blocks.  Where we had long runs of crown moulding, we put one of the moulding blocks in the middle and continued the crown moulding on the other side.  This way you don’t have to worry about hidding seams in the moulding.  We loved it. All you need to do after the moulding and the blocks are up is use paintable caulk in between to fill in any cracks.
Here is the middle moulding block.
Here is the inner corner moulding block.
Then we did some window moulding.  There are two windows in this room.

And here are the new shades we bought for the room.  They are bamboo.  We purchased them from YourBlinds.com.  You can get free samples from their site.  They are about 4″ x 4″ for the sample, but you get to see the correct color of the material.  Plus you also get to see how see through the material is or not.  We added on a backing material, so you couldn’t see through these blinds at night time.  Plus it helps when it’s really sunny and we want to watch TV.  You can check out my other post here to see my kitchen shade.

You can follow the rest of the project here:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.
I will have to take a close up of the shades when I do my final reveal of the room, so you can see the detail. Sorry I don’t have any now.

Note – I was not compensated in any way for this post. I just wanted to share my experience.

Thanks for stopping by.  Stay tuned for more of the finishing details in the room.  We are really close to the final reveal of the room.  I can’t wait to show you the whole room once it was put together.

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Our Family Room Tour – Part 5 {Ceiling, Flooring & Paint}

We wanted to do something different for our ceiling.  Plus we didn’t want to hang drywall on the ceiling.  I’m just sayin’. {haha}

So we looked around at Lowe’s, Home Depot & a local store on Long Island called Long Island Paneling.  We were thinking some sort of white wood for the ceiling, we just didn’t know what kind of material we wanted to use.  So we settled on Armstrong Ceiling Planks that we bought at Home Depot. 

Introducing Armstrong Ceiling Planks .  This is where I got my inspiration from.  We bought the Country Classic Plank.  You can paint or stain them if you want.  Check out the other products they have online.  The planks have beveled edges and a tongue & groove system to install them.  These aren’t your Grandma’s ceiling tiles, but they are made of the same material.  But don’t worry the planks do not look anything like your Grandma’s ceiling tiles…they look like painted wood.  We loved it, we bought it, we installed it.

OK, you are getting a small peek of one of the wall colors in this picture.  More on that soon.

A close-up of the planks on the ceiling.
OK, I wanted to show you the ceiling planks first, now here is how the rest of the room came together.
Here is what the room looked like when we primed the whole room.  We didn’t want to paint after the ceiling was up, so we painted the whole room first, then put up the ceiling and laid the floor.

We painted an accent wall at the far end of the room.  It’s Valspar “Beach House” color, but we used Benjamin Moore Natura paint.  It’s their no-VOC paint and it was great.  Didn’t smell.

We even painted the inside of the closet the same blue color as the accent wall.  We put a closet organizer from Ikea in this closet.  More on that soon.

And we painted the rest of the room Valspar’s “Swoosh” color, but again we used Benjamin Moore Natura paint.  It’s a nice “Sand” color paint.  I was going for a modern beachy cottage look with this room and these two colors represented sand and water.  I wanted the room to feel light and airy.

Then we started on the flooring.  We chose to go with a laminate flooring since this is a cement slab foundation.  We went to Lumber Liquidators and decided on “Dream Home – St. James 12mm African Mahogany” laminate flooring.

We installed the flooring ourselves.  Lumber Liquidators sells an installation kit which includes a block, pull bar and shims.  Only other things you will need is a rubber mallet, a miter saw for the short cuts and a table saw for the long cuts.  You can also buy the blue underlament, molding, quarter round molding & stair treads, just to name a few other things at LL.  LL has a lot of products to chose from.  You can order samples online if you don’t have one near you.

Here is a close up.  From one row to the next, remember to keep all seams 6 inches or more apart.

Well the room is almost together at this point.  Next I will show you the moldings we used for this room and I will show you how we hid those electric boxes.
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Our Family Room Tour – Part II {Storage}

Since we converted to gas in our home, before we moved in, we had room under our stairs now for some storage.  We just needed to make a small doorway and door.  And of course fix the wall.
Here is what it looked like under the stairs.  The cement wall on the left is the foundation of our front stoop.  Our oil tank used to be located here. Now it just needs to be cleaned up a little so we can use it to store suitcases and some tools of the hubby’s.
We took down all the sheetrock because we wanted to put up some insultation for sound purposes.  Our Living Room is right upstairs.  Plus the sheetrock needed to be repaired in a bunch of different places, so it was worth replacing it.
We {well hubby did it} put up some sheetrock inside the storage area because we wanted it to be a little more clean under there.
Doorway is framed out.
Sorry, but I didn’t take any pictures of us cutting the door or installing it, but I can answer any questions you might have and I could take pictures of the mechanism that holds the door closed.  I will try to make a follow up post about the hinges and the closing mechanism.
Well here is the final product.  You get to see some previews with this last picture of the wall color of the room, the moldings and the flooring.  The handle is just a cabinet door handle that we bought at our local hardware store.
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Our Family Room Tour – Part 1

This is our biggest project to date that we did all DIY {except for electric and cement work}.  This will be a long tour because there is a lot of work that I want to be able to share with you.  So please stay tuned for multiple posts and lots of pictures.
 Get ready now for some ugliness!!!  The previous owners let their 4 children do whatever they wanted in this house.  The paneling on all these walls had writing and drawings all over, so it had to come down no matter what.  And they also let their multiple cats and dogs do their “business” in the house.  Let’s just say when you walked into the lower level of this house, it smelled really bad and I’m being nice.  I’m also allergic to dogs and cats, so that didn’t help me any.  But the lower level is a cement slab so we just had to rip the glued down carpet from the cement and throw it out.  We wore masks and the windows were open.  It wasn’t easy, but it had to be done.
So here is the hallway in the lower level.  The doorway straight ahead goes upstairs to the left of the doorway.  If you look closely on the left side paneled wall, there is a brown door {see the brass doorknob}.  That is the first bedroom when you came down the stairs.  Look down at the carpet….yes that is “pet stains”.  YUCK!!!
Here is what the inside of that bedroom looked like…..stains and all.
At the opposite end of that hallway was the 2nd bedroom {doorway on right}.  Which really used to be the garage back in the day, until the previous owners did a garage conversion and put in the two bedrooms instead.
Inside the 2nd bedroom.  Don’t you love that pretty window treatment.  Yup it’s a Mint Green blind, that was to wide and to short for the window.  This pretty white box on the wall was the cover to the electric box. We had to come up with something else, so stay tuned for our little trick to hide the electric box.
The pretty ugly closet in the 2nd bedroom.  We kept the closet and made lots of extra storage, so stay tuned for what we came up with for that.  And there is the Laundry/Utility Room in the background.
Here were the not so pretty shelves right outside of the Laundry Room.  They were completely in the way and came down very quickly before anyone hit their head on them.
Here is the layout of the way the area used to look like until we took some hammers to the bedroom walls and doorways.  The walls were just the paneling over 2×4 stubs….nothing else in between the walls.  So demo was easy and fun!!!
This view was the greatest view I had seen since we bought the house.  Now it was a wide open blank slate for us to create what we wanted.
That is the doorway to the Laundry/Utility Room and the closet next to it.

Now we had a step to deal with.  The lower end was the old garage area, so it was lower then the rest of the house.  The doorway is the doorway near the stairs.  So we had to decide if we wanted to keep the step or fill it in with cement.๏ปฟ
Doorway to Laundry Room on left, closet on right.
So please stay tuned for the next part of our Family Room Tour.  We have lots of pictures and projects to share with you.
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