Wednesday, 29 February 2012


Our family room area is probably one of my least favourite rooms in the house. It's an extension so isn't in the original part of the house that has all the nice features. However I'm beginning to like how it is evolving, it's comfortable and bright now. I'm probably half way there but we still have a long way to go with this room... like finishing the painting and installing window coverings. I'd love to put in new windows but more likely for now I am getting blinds or shutters for the windows to 'hide' them a bit. New flooring will come one day but the cork at the moment is mainly covered by a rug and is easy to keep clean and softer on the feet than tiles or timber. I have some ideas for new sofas and prints in this room too I'll share at the end of the post.
On the weekend I painted an old coffee table that used to be my Mums, I had in storage for years and was going to get rid of it when I decided it would really suit this house and save me buying another. I spent a while sanding away before painting it white and then rubbed it back a little to give a more used look, I'm really happy with the result! I did want a fabric ottoman to put my feet up on but instead bought a cushion and popped it on the coffee table! I lined an old white tray with a green lattice placemat, placed a few favourite items in the middle and my grey rattan food cover works well to hide some mags or remotes. I love this item and never used it to cover food... this was a good way to display it!
Here are photos of what I've done so far in the family room and the 'before' photos of this room follow (pretty scary), we painted the walls but still have the trim to paint white and we removed the ugly lattice wall (ummmm when was that ever popular for indoors??).

That's how I have it now...  

and this is how it was when we bought the house... blue


after painting and removing the lattice, we still have to paint the window trim white

these are the prints I am thinking of...

prints on canvas from Make Your House A Home

and maybe 2 of these sofas...

the 'Belgian' sofa from Make Your House A Home
I'd love shutters like these...

Shutters (image from houzz)
What do you think?

Have a great week!


  1. What a great transformation. I love the look so far. I really like the white shutters - unfortunately our windows are so large that they would cost a fortune so I've decided to make roman blinds which is taking forever :-)
    Greetings from NZ, Nina


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