Monday, March 26, 2012

Family Room Tour and a Winner!

I've been slowly redecorating the family room since the beginning of the year.  It started with a paint job, then new carpets and finally new window treatments.  The last piece of the puzzle is new furniture, but that is going to have to wait until I have time to shop around.

To some this may sound totally bass-ackwards.  It makes sense to buy the furniture first and have that be the jumping off point for the rest of the room.  But in the scary crazy place that is my mind, it makes sense to do that last.  Now picking out fabric will be a lost less time-consuming and stressful than if I was starting with a blank slate.  I'll stick with a neutral fabric and switch out the pillows when I get bored.

I did however have a heck of a time deciding on the paint color.  I actually had a totally different color in mind, and it wasn't until the day I was ready to paint that I changed my mind altogether and went with yellow.  My first choice was a dark olive, which I still think I would have liked, but I was afraid that I would get tired of it quicker than a lighter color.

Yellow is my favorite wall color and it goes with almost anything, so it just made sense.  I also noticed while blog-hopping that most of my favorite homes have yellow walls.  That's kind of what sealed the deal for me.

Before the room was dark and heavy and now it seems so light and airy.

This chair was given to me by a close friend.  It was sitting in her basement and I asked her why such a think of beauty was hidden in a basement (I'm nervy like that).  She told me to take it and I did!  I would love to have it reupholstered in a buffalo check, but that's not in the budget right now.

Do you see that gate in the corner?  That's Cole's man-cave.

This loveseat is going to be replaced by two chairs.

Big Daddy trimmed out the windows and I added bamboo roman shades, which I'm totally diggin'.

The window panels were also a last-minute switcheroo.  I was going to go with a totally different patter, but changed my mind at the last minute.  These leopard panels are from Penney's.  They aren't in-your-face animal print, but rather unexpected and fun, while still being traditional and neutral at the same time.  I don't regret this choice one bit.

My cigar humidor table is now next to the fireplace.

Everything to the left of the entertainment center has been taken over by toys, that's why I'm not showing this part of the room.

Our entertainment center came from Sam's Club.  The pictures on top are Southern Living At Home.

Here is what the room looked like before.

The walls were brown.

The windows were dark and heavy.

And now.  Much brighter don't ya think?

The other side of the room will be a different post.  I'd show it now, but I'd have to remove a thousand toys first.  There's no coffee table, no area rug - just toys.  Ha!  And I love it that way.

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway.  The lucky winner is Kathy from Creative Home Expressions!

And a special thanks to Christina for offering one of her sweet dresses.  Be sure to visit her Etsy store to see more of her sweet creations.  Christina has generously offered to give a 15% discount to the non-winners.  Just use the code Lilypad15 at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious week!

Linking to:
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style


Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

This is beautiful. Must be something in the air, because I have picked out a "yellow-tone" color for my walls too. I'm tired of the brown family. I love the fun drapes you have used.I Love my bamboo shades too. I recently bought some that are lined on the outside, and am really liking them as well. Congrats to the lucky winner.

Calypso In The Country said...

I love how the room turned out! It is very light and airy with that color. I have been thinking about lightening up a few rooms too. My husband will just be thrilled to hear that! The chair would look amazing in a buffalo check too!

Gina said...

Your family rooms looks beautiful! It's light but still comfy looking. I love the leopard print curtains!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Beautiful room. Love the paint color and the leopard drapes are so fun. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Sooner Laura said...

Very nice, I love the animal print drapes. I also love that the other side of the room is filled with toys and that the little play area is visible at the side of one picture. This is your home and you live in it - for reals!

S said...

What a lovely and tranquil room. Nicely done - those animal print drapes are fabulous - and I'm not usually a fan of animal prints. I ended up using quite a bit of yellow in my redecorating - and was worried about it being too much. But now you have me reconsidering it again and maybe I'll add more. Like I said, nice transformation.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oooh, I'm so excited! Thank you to you and Christina, Kim! I'm thrilled!

Your room looks so much lighter with the new paint. Love Cole's baby man cave! : ) I feel like I do things bass-ackward too sometimes. Case in point, the two chairs I got in October from Lazy Boy are now being replaced by a small sectional in our sunroom. I am more mad at myself for not really thinking through the use of the room before buying the chairs, but we can still use them at least. However, this leads to one of them being put in my master bedroom and I'm probably going to have to have a slipcover done for it. More money out the door!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your room is lovely and what a great chair from your friend. The blinds are great and what I need for our living room and dining room. Thanks for stopping by and for the invitation to visit, I am now following.

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

I also love light yellow and it certainly makes your livingroom a happy and inviting place.

Rooms by Ann said...

Your room turned out absolutely beautiful. I love yellow, It looks bright and light and the animal print love love love that. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, I love the new wall color! You know I love yellow walls! They are so cheery and inviting. Your window treatments look great, too! You have been a busy lady!

Princess Kate said...

Love it. The color brightens up the room. I love a clean look and this is really nice. Thanks for sharing.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like it - a lot !! You really lightened up the whole room. I see Mr. Cole added his decorating touch. :-D

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kim I love the new wall color and how light and bright it makes your family room look! What a great tv cabinet and I love all the pretty displays you added to it!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love that chair...the room looks beautiful...and very cozy!!

Marigene said...

I love your decorating style, Kim! Beautiful room.

Country Dreaming said...

Great job. Love the new look!
The curtains are great.


Gail said...

Your family room is beautiful Kim with all the changes you have made! I love your wall color. I have a light yellow wall color too and I love it! I think I tend to work backwards too sometimes....LOL. Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

It's amazing what a little paint will do isn't it? Your room has such a light and airy feel to it now..I always rethink things a dozen times and then do a big flip too.. love, love, love the chair, it's a beauty. Can't wait to see your new furniture in your beautiful room
hugs ~lynne~

Cristina Garay said...

I love the new wall color! The room feels a lot lighter! And the roman shades are some of my favorites in this pretty room!

Shelia said...

Hi Kim! Your room is so beautiful. Love your new paint color. You just make everything look so pretty.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Maria Elena said...

Your room is gorgeous! I love your drapes!

Judy Bigg said...

Your yellow turned out perfect in your room. Your decor is great, good job in your decorating and the new carpet.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Just stopping by to say hello! I have been reading through your blog and I just had to comment. I love your family room! Those drapes are amazing and I love the wall color!

Thanks for the inspiration.