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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Family Room Makeover Phase #1

Wow, you guys all had tons of ideas about how to makeover the family room that had me stumped.  I had already moved the furniture to every wall in this space and then you guys had a few more ideas, so I tried them all.  Here is the final arrangement that I like.



Placing the sofa on this wall was the beginning of pulling this room together.


Remember, this is what it looked like when I asked you guys for help - - -


and here it is now.       When we moved in I originally had the sofa on this wall, however I am so OCD that I was forcing it to be centered on the wall between the windows and then the two recliners to be centered on the window wall.  Of course that didn't work, the furniture was too big for that.  Since I wanted the sofa on the wall so bad I decided to ignore the center of the wall and the window and just see if I could make it work.


I don't really notice that it is off center.  I think I was able to balance it out with the lampshades enough that it is ok. The sofa is all the way to the right window, but with the floor lamp and how I was able to arrange the shade, I think it looks fine.  The chairs aren't anywhere near centered either, but they look ok too.  If you look really close you will see that the horse picture is not centered on the sofa either, everything is an illusion, but it works.


I moved the tv to the black console and put it on this wall and it works for better viewing for everyone.  I moved the other leather chair up to the "Girl Cave" and brought down the wicker chair that was up there.


Since this console was open on the bottom, I got a piece of fiber board and spray painted it black so I could hide all the wires behind it.  (I know we need a larger tv - this one is only 40", but for now it has to stay)  I do need some kind of gallery wall around it though, just not sure what.


In my mind the thing that makes the room is the cowhide rug.  I gave the other one that was in here to my daughter and this just pops in here and I love it.  I will find another one down the road for the living room.


We also need new end tables all around, white blinds to replace the brown ones, a white ceiling hugger fan and drapes.  I just bought a fan so this one can go up in the loft in the "Girl Cave".
 ( Remember, we are having a pool built, so this is a no spend, use what you have - make do makeover.  Not sure what we will need when the pool is finished, but I want to be able to enjoy it, so I need to save my pennies for a couple of lounge chairs and some pool floaties and toys. )



At least this is already so much better.  Thanks for all your help and input, you guys are the best and always come up with the greatest ideas.

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29 comments:

  1. I love it! OMG, what a "beautiful" difference. I love that your brought down that beautiful bamboo chair too. The TV looks fantastic on that slimmer console and the rug change was genius! I have had to work with not centering furniture on the walls for years with my den despite the desire to do so. I totally get what you meant by that. Of course you know my most favorite part is that beautiful horse print on the center wall. Now you can see it in all it's splendor. Love this so much, enjoy!!!

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  2. What a great job!! I also love the horse print and the rug. Enjoy your new pool :)

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  3. Marty- I love it so much. The colors pop! I do miss the candle sconces you had around the horse painting. They were a favorite of mine.
    HOPpy Easter! xo

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  4. This looks wonderful! It can be so rewarding to use what you have but just tweak it a bit and you end up with a whole new look. I didn't comment before because there were so many good ideas and I knew you'd come up with something.

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  5. I think it looks great and is open to the kitchen but still it's own space.

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  6. Love how inviting this arrangement is... Lynne

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  7. I think the balance of light and dark is what made the most difference! It's beautiful.

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  8. Beautiful! Love the new arrangement of furniture.

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  9. I knew you would come up with the perfect solution when you set your mind to it, Marty. I am like you--OCD about centering things BUT this really works and I don't even notice that it is not centered. It looks like the perfect warm comfortable welcoming room now (like you intended). Great job!!! I can't wait for you to get your pool. Is that on the short list for this year?
    Have a wonderful, blessed Easter. xo Diana

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  10. I think the room looks beautiful. As I have said before I love the painting of the horse. It is so stunning and always front and center.

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  11. Hey, Marty, that looks terrific!!! Wow, great job, it looks so balanced now, and cozy as heck - I love it!

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  12. this looks awesome, Marty! since the sofa is about the same color as the wall you don't notice if it's not exactly in the center. I would never have seen that. Your sofa wall looks wonderful, it's a great focal point for the whole room!

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  13. Marty, good arrangement! I like trying what's not typically expected, and I think you did a great job managing that space. The rug at the angle really helps keep it well balanced.

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  14. you made it all work just great! I am OCD like you with balance, etc. sheila

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  15. This furniture arrangement invites us in for a visit! Very nice!

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  16. It turned out great! The scale of the horse painting really makes the room. I love the cowhide rug in here. It really updates the space. This looks so inviting.

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  17. Marty, it looks so much better now! I`m also OCD like you, but this look very balanced and nice! Don`t worry, as soon as you can have a nice day by the pool, everything will look just perfect! :D xoxo

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  18. I think you accomplished it. The room looks beautiful. Love this arrangement! The room looks very comfortable and inviting. Take care, Maria

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  19. Wow, the room seems more airy and spacious. The light color of the rug seems to brighten things up. I love the different textures and colors of the chairs and sofa. It all works together well.

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  20. That's a rather amazing transformation! Just the rug and chair change out made a huge difference.
    :) gwingal

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  21. It looks great! I would never known it wasn't centered unless you told me. Love what you did. Also, your blinds...don't let not spending money stop you. I spray painted mine, chalk painted some others. Whatever leftover paint I have, I use. lol Painting min gave me a couple more years out of them

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  22. I can't even believe what just moving the furniture made!!! It looks fabulous now. I never would have noticed that things aren't perfectly centered, it all looks GREAT! Wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed Easter!!

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  23. It's looking great so far, the new furniture placement makes all the difference!

    Tania

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  24. I like this arrangement Marty, it looks really good. I am so excited that you getting your pool. You are going to love it.....

    Have a very Happy Easter.

    Mary

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  25. Marty, I think it looks great.! You have done a wonderful job in your new home and I know you are excited about a pool!

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  26. I think if there was just one single element that made the 'off centre' things not noticeable it is the angled hide rug. I'm also somewhat OCD and I did not notice until you pointed them out. Your room looks beautiful and inviting :-)

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  27. I wouldn't have know it was off center unless you mentioned it. We have a small T.V. room that has us stumped too. No spend is a great idea. You are going to love having a pool.

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