Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Family room details and sources

Hello there! If you haven't seen all the inspiration at this month’s before and after link up, go check it out here. So many great projects already!

I’m back today with a few more photos and details about the family room renovation I shared last week. If you are just joining us on this project the back story is that we took down a wall between my office and our family room to open up the space. My office was a small room – ten by ten – but it made a HUGE difference!

Because I had installed board and batten on the walls of my office years ago, I realized I was going to have to keep going with that around the room. It was going to be too big of a pain to take down all the boards and repair all the drywall. I had been wanting to add some kind of wall treatment in the family room anyway, so it worked out well:

gold starburst mirror

I think the room strikes a nice balance – I feel like it’s a little more sophisticated than before but still warm and cozy. The board and batten really helps keep it from getting too stuffy.

I get asked about that mirror all the time – I KNOW. It’s a beauty. It was from HomeGoods a couple years ago and there’s no identification on it. I so wish I could help source it!

One thing about board and batten, or really any wall treatment – is that it’s hard to figure out what to put above it. It’s harder than a normal wall because of the height. I went back and forth with a bunch of ideas in that corner above. The mirror used to hang above the old fireplace and I really wanted to keep it in here but it looked weird above the trim. So I went half way and had to rig it up – I put an anchor in the wall (no need if you have a stud) and cut a couple blocks of wood the same thickness as the trim around the top of the batten:

I used a really long screw to anchor those into the wall, then a smaller screw to hang the mirror. So far so good! Hope that makes sense to those of you who asked about that!

The other wall is a very small gallery of the Bub’s artwork that I took from my old office:

art above board and batten

Those are just Goodwill frames – I had a bunch of them painted white in the office. I wanted some balance with the black dresser so I sprayed those black and I love how it all turned out!

I really wanted to complete the room and not have much left on my to do list down the road. So I went ahead ripped out the old window sills and added the new trim all around on the two windows in the corner:

DIY craftsman window trim

I shared a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this here.

It’s a subtle difference but you can see how the window sills looked before here:


Love that you can see the passage of time by the leaves on the trees. ;)

The boards never butted up to them well and I just love the look of the thicker trim at the top and bottom! Four windows down in this house…a LOT more to go. :)

I did the same trim on the doors in the room:

round candle sconces

Love those sconces – they are from Target! I bought one for our master bedroom earlier this year then got another one thinking I would use them on the fireplace. I had to go searching for that second one – I don’t think they are in the stores anymore but I did find them online.

I had the second one ready to return and then realized they would look great on those little walls. The candles are fake ones on timers. :)

Speaking of the fireplace, it’s my pride and joy:

gray fireplace marble surround

It was a long process to get this baby to completion. The guys who helped with the construction part of the reno helped to make my dream set up a reality. I did all the finishing work including the trim work and color, tiling the surround with the herringbone tile, planking the wall above (for $13!) and then finishing out the cabinets on the sides for storage and electronics:

built ins for electronics

Those babies are good old inexpensive kitchen cabinets you can get from most big hardware stores. We tweaked (I almost wrote twerked) them to make them to allow for air circulation for the electronics. And yes, the remotes work through the metal screens!

I got a lot of questions about the étagère in this photo:

etagere gray and black

I got that from Joss and Main earlier this year – it was one of my only purchases from there and I am really pleased with it. It’s called the Brookfield Étagère and I got it for $40 with some credit I had there – awesome!! I plan to share more about it when I’m able to finish up the wall behind it with the board and batten – still waiting on the new back door to get finished up before I can complete that part of the room. It’s technically the kitchen now anyway. ;)

The spool chair came from HomeGoods and I can’t find any brand name of any kind on that either:

spool chair

I have seen others on Instagram finding the same chairs so I know there’s more out there. It is SO comfy and so beautiful – I think it’s my favorite piece of furniture in our house right now.

I forgot that I did get a couple other small pieces for this room as well – many asked about the side table and that is from World Market:

laptop table

It’s their large laptop table and it’s the hardest working piece we have in here – I use it as my desk during the week. I worried that I would miss my big desk and I have to tell you, I don’t one bit! It’s actually quite nice to be able to put it “away” for the evening.

The foyer table that used to be our sofa table that is now our hall table (whew) is the Everett foyer table from World Market:

long foyer hall table

I’ve told you of my love for that store before – they have some beautiful and unique pieces and that table is another favorite in our home. Love it. I think those green lamps are asked about more than anything in our house (other than the mirror above) and they are from…just guess…HomeGoods again. ;) It’s a sickness. I found those years ago though and haven’t seen them since.

The large mirror was a DIY project I shared here. It got the same gray color as the fireplace and built ins across the room.

I did get one other item for this space that I forgot about – the $20 coffee table that I made over months back:

vintage coffee table redo

It underwent quite the transformation and I LOVE how it turned out. I had issues with the wax and have been meaning to sand it down and fix it – but I’ve been too busy with other stuff. So I’m pretty sure it’s just going to stay like that forever. Adds character. ;)

Whew!! I can’t tell you how good it feels to have this space completed! Again I so appreciate all your kind comments about this room. We are thrilled with it! Hope I answered any questions you had – let me know if there are any I missed.


  1. Tell me about your curtains and about your light fixture! Light fixtures are proving to be a thorn in my side for our farmhouse remodel! Thanks! Love the room, it looks great!

    1. Thanks Michelle! That is a Waverly fabric and this is a link to it:
      The light is from Home Depot!

  2. Beautiful space!! What is your wall color???

    1. Thank you! It's called Analytical Gray by Sherwin Williams -- love it.

  3. Can I hire you to install board and batten in my dining room? I'm serious, we are moving into a newly built home in Zionsville (hopefully in the spring) and my dream is this board and batten in dining room!

    1. Ha! Let me know when you move in -- I can definitely offer some help at least!

  4. Such a gorgeous space! I love all the colors!

  5. I love the colors and the wall treatment certainly gives it a cozy feeling.

  6. The room looks great, and your photos look great! Would you please do a post on what camera settings you use and how you edit your indoor photos?

    1. Thank you Jen! I have to play with the aperture a lot, especially in this room. I like to shoot a little light and then I when I edit I try to up the saturation a bit and add some contrast. I use Picmonkey (free for the most part) for pics and am working on learning Lightroom. :)

  7. Looks great and so inviting. Love the wall and fireplace colors! Awesome job!

  8. Your home is gorgeous Sarah. So homey and welcoming feeling. That fireplace I bet was a labor of love and turned out so fabulous. I too love your drapes/curtains. You chose such pretty fabric. Seriously if you ever head up this way, let me know. Come help me tweak my home. You have such amazing taste.

  9. Incredible vision and execution! The gold mirror on two different surfaces feels awkward.But that's me, not you. I loved the kitchen with dark painted cabinets under counter. I was thinking of changing the hardware to black on the lower cabinets, but that picture is pushing me. We have granite with tan background. I'm thinking of painting the island black and getting a great black granite on top. What trouble I am in.

  10. Everything is beautiful! Your outdoor views are fantastic and adds SO much more beauty. Just in time for the holidays. Great job!!

  11. Just discovered your blog. Love the spool chair! Thank you for including where you purchased it - always helpful.

  12. You had decorated this room in a very beautiful way. I just love to see your arrangement that you made here. Good job!

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  13. I love, love, love how your family room turned out! I wished you lived closer to me (I'm southwest of Chicago) I'd hire you to help me. I have a painter coming on Monday to totally repaint my entire first floor and hallway up the stairs....yikes! I'm trying to update/redecorate my living, dining and family room on a budget and it's really overwhelming. Thanks for sharing all your sources...at least I have Home Goods minutes away and I'm about 20 min from an IKEA! Wish me luck!!

  14. I just want you to know how inspiring your blog is. I have been coming here for 5+ years and I have never grown tired of the beautiful details that you post. Thank you!

  15. Wow the room turned out very nice. I love how it looks just warm enough while still being sophisticated.


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