Sam and I have been in our first home for just over a month now. I have to say, so far it’s been fantastic! The living space is wonderful, we love our neighborhood and we’re finally starting to feel settled in. But as far as making the house a home… not much has happened. In fact, we’ve done nothing — not even paint. So it’s about time we got our butts in gear and started putting our own stamp on things.
Luckily, our house doesn’t need any renovations; sure, there are upgrades we’d like to make eventually, but the house isn’t even 10 years old yet so 99% of things are still in style and in good repair. We mostly want to do cosmetic changes — paint, decor, furniture — that sort of thing. We decided to start with the rooms we use the most, which means most of the downstairs. The family room is where we spend most of our time, so that’s the room we want to start fixing up first. Just for a quick reminder, here’s what we’re starting with:
The room is pretty much getting a complete overhaul. We bought a new sectional over the weekend (Trevor 5-piece in Granite from Macy’s), and my parents are coming up this weekend to help paint (Sherwin Williams Olympus White… which is really a light grey). I have a cool plan for a DIY media console, which involves painting our gel fireplace white and adding some bookcases and cabinets to extend it along the wall, below the TV, which will get mounted.
We also want to add some pops of color through decor and accents. Overall, we want a light, bright and fresh feeling, so I’m thinking some navy, green and yellow accents would be a nice touch. I’m thinking of adding a navy area rug, plus some really fun, multicolored throw pillows. I also think some big artwork would go really nicely in this room too. I just need to find the perfect pieces! to keep all of my ideas straight, I decided to do a little mood/inspirational board:
I’m so excited to get this project rolling, now that I have some great ideas. The family room is the biggest room in the house, and one of the rooms we spend the most time in, so I want the design to be a true reflection of our personalities. Of course, beautiful AND functional is key, because at the end of the day this isn’t a showroom, it’s our living space!