I LOVE Family Rooms! It’s where LIFE happens – REAL LIFE! It’s where TV is watched, milk is spilled, tears are cried, hugs are had, games are played…you get it, LIFE! So for me, it’s incredibly important to design this space to be as functional and practical as possible – the “pretty” comes second!
For this space, I wanted that transitional, neural look with grays, creams, metals and wood tones with vintage details. My biggest struggle was our leather sofa – we had it from our old house and to be honest, it’s not quite the perfect color. I wanted to invest in a new one, but it would have essentially been the SAME sofa, just a different color, so we decided to wait to replace it. We knew we HAD to have leather in this room – our kids are 1 and 4 and they SPILL REGULARLY, so we needed something that just wiped clean! So, since the leather sofa was staying, I had to somehow bridge the gap between my gray tones and this big brown elephant in the room. My saving grace was the fabric for the custom throw pillows that blended those two EXACT colors together! I even found a FABULOUS rug that also had those warm, almost ginger-like tones running throughout with the grays and creams too; WIN!
So, lets talk floor plan and layout! We have a huge leather cocktail ottoman in front of our sofa that my kids regularly use as a “stage” for dancing, singing and playing games. Saying they LOVE it is an understatement. The cream, linen colored (kid safe fabric), tufted chairs add a light and feminine aspect to the space to really balance the look. Behind the sofa, we have another kid favorite spot that we call the “cubes”. Many meals and snacks are consumed at this console table with custom cube seats on a daily basis! The stone table top just wipes clean; I never worry about the mess they make.
There is a doorway out to my craft room from our family room, which is super convenient for me, but it was tricky to determine how to make that little hallway space still feel part of our family room. I found a vintage-inspired console table as my jumping off point and created that clock/photo gallery wall to tie all the decor in these two spaces. I love the gallery wall because I get to display candid photos of my babies, but the best part is that I hung the frames with the 3M velcro strips, so when I want to change the photos out, I just pop the frame off the wall and press it back on when I’m done!
People always ask how I don’t have toys everywhere with such young children, but guess what, I do! But the toys go away when we’re done playing with them. I’ve taught my family that when we’re done with something, it must go back to it’s “home”. If it doesn’t have a home, we don’t need it and it goes in the trash! So, toys, games, books, movies and even my dumbbells (yes, I also use this space as my “gym”) are stored in the built-in cabinets and we also have two additional storage cubes that the other toys call home. I believe, just like manors, you must teach your children how to clean up and put their things away; they do this at school, they should do it at home too!
So, go ahead, take a look around the space and let me know what you think! For me, the functionality and all of the little vintage details created the perfect Transitional look for us. I’ll include a source list at the end of this post so you can find specific items if you’d like to build them into your own design. As always, thanks for taking my “house tour” with me. I’d love to hear your feedback or questions if you have them!
Family Room Source List:
Leather Sofa: Artistic Leathers, Reflections Home Furnishings
Throw Pillows: Smith Brothers, Custom
Leather Ottoman: Smith Brothers, Goods Home Furnishings
Tufted Linen Chairs: Paula Deen by Craftmaster
Nesting Tables: Hooker Furniture, Rhapsody Nest of Tables
Lamp on Nesting Tables: Uttermost, Catania Table Lamp
Rug: Jaipur, Britta Collection, Oland, “White Ice”
Clock above Console: Uttermost, Ronan
Console Table: Nedeau Furniture
Photo Frames: Michaels
Console Table: Bernhardt Interiors, Ellsworth Console Table
18″ Cubes: Smith Brothers, Custom order
Floor Lamps Flanking Console Table: Uttermost, Ivor Floor Lamp
Drum Table: Hooker Furniture, Melange Flowered Drum Table
Tripod Lamp: Uttermost, Tustin Floor Lamp
Toy Bins: Kirklands
Shelf and Console Decor: Purchased and collected from vintage and antique shops