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Monday, May 23, 2011

My Summer Family Room Reveal!!

Now that summer is right around the corner I have made some changes to my family room. My objective was to lighten and brighten my spring look, and make it look a little softer and lighter for the upcoming summer months.

As you enter my family room if you look to your right  will see a console table. I have some of my precious design magazines. and design books on the bottom shelf. You will notice that I have the book’s page side turned outward. I did this in order to keep a lighter, softer look in this area.

The shutters are vintage. I found them at a salvage yard and painted them the same color as my kitchen cabinets in the adjoining room.
The bird cage was purchased many years ago. and I still love what it adds to the room.
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In this next image you will see the same area. I have switched out the white urns for some clay pots filled with flowers.
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As you continue into the room on your right is the door to our garage. The natural pine armoire holds our TV. The black floor lamps I have had for several years and I was using them in another room. I placed linen shades on the lamps in order to tie in with the sofa fabric which is also linen.

You will also see my new green striped rug that I purchased from Wisteria. I am in love with this rug, and I am enjoying how  cheerful it is making the room.

(Future plan for this wall is to get two matching mirrors with the floor lamps placed in front of each mirror just like the lamp is on the right of the armoire.)
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In the next image facing the fireplace if you look towards the right corner you will see a small reading chair. I love this chair for its comfort. The higher than normal arms makes for a great reading chair. You will notice the fabric on this chair was also used on the sofa as cord welting. This chair has a contrasting welt in a small green check. The embroidered pillow was purchased from Pottery Barn on clearance. It is 16X26 in. I used a standard size down pillow which is 26in. in length and it fit nicely. 

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To the left of the fireplace in the other corner is the most comfortable chair we have in our home. We all love to sit in this chair. I added a light linen colored pillow with a stripe that is a soft simple look. I purchased this pillow at Home goods. It is a Ralph Lauren pillow. You can catch a glimpse of a vintage 1940’s milk glass lamp that I added a linen shade too tie in with the other lamps in the room.
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You can see my dining room green striped wallpaper in this image. It is amazing how much it looks like  my new rug. This shows my sofa with two white pillows and a white throw. I am still working on a pillow combination for the sofa. I have some samples of fabrics coming in the mail this week. I will also be adding a white linen pillow from Pottery Barn with a brown wood button closure as seen
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I think it will be just enough texture and interest to add to the look of the sofa and still keep it light and airy.
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This is the left side of the 17ft. long mantel. I purchased two new wood lamps and topped them off with linen shades. All the shades in the room are linen. The artwork I have had for a long time. It was given to me by my DIL. It is so perfect, both pictures have water scenes and are slightly different. I like the gilver(silver/gold) picture frame. I think it picks up the color of the linen sofa nicely. I also love that it is so formal next to a very casual lamp. I think it makes for a much more interesting vignette.
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The picture on the right of the mantel.
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Mantel #1
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The entire 17ft!!! I have added the rough clay pots which add some texture to the composition.

Mantel #2

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A little more white is added by adding the white urns.
Which composition do you like better, the clay pots or the urns?

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Future projects for the family room to the dismay of my poor hubby are:
  • Add white picture framed wainscoting below existing chair rail.
  • Cover used brick with white wainscoting.
  • Remove brass fire screen and add a black wrought iron screen.
  • Change brass sconces out to traditional black iron sconces.
  • Cover opening of fireplace with Carrera marble.
  • Cover the hearth with Carrera marble.
  • Add crown molding.
  • Reupholster sofa in small cornflower blue ticking stripe with green corn welting.
I told you I am a planner!!!!

I hope you enjoyed my little tour of my family room!!!

Kathysue is:

Enjoying the Process of playing house!!!

I am linking to  Sherry Open House Party  #9 at:
No Minimalist Here blog!! 


Home May'd Spring/Summer Link Party At:
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The Lettered Cottage



Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

It is lovely, Kathysue! I love your attention to each and every detail...for now and in the future! Your new rug adds to the light summery feel! I think I prefer the pots on the mantel...more texture. But you know I am a more is more kinda gal! Thanks for letting us see your pretty family room! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

The enchanted home said...

You have been a busy girl!! Looks amazing! I like both ways but am partial to the clay pots, both for the texture that you can plant something in them and its a nice way to pay homage to all the pretty flowers of spring and summer and though the white look looks beautiful too, feel the other combination with the pots is a tad more interesting...looking great!

Anonymous said...

I love your Spring makeover! Especially the shutters and bird cage. I have those pillows in a natural color. I love PB pillow covers... they are so easy to switch for the seasons and hold up unbelievably! xo

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

So cute!! I really love it all and your light color scheme is beautiful!

sheerserendipity said...

I love that birdcage and the table it sit on! Your room is coming out beautiful!

designchic said...

Isn't it amazing what a few items can do to change a room. Love the pillows and I would do the clay pots by the wonderful birdcage and the white urns on the mantel. Great job, Kathysue!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Kathy, the changes you've made are so rich looking, cool and inviting. I adore the clay pots with the birdcage. Looking forward to seeing all your future changes. Thank you for becoming a follower thru Facebook.
hugs ~lynne~

Unknown said...

did you get those 2 white stools in front of the couch from HomeGoods?! - i see them in there all the time in every single color!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty...so fresh and spring-like. The new carpet ties in so well. It all looks perfect. Super!

Marianne said...

I'd say you're ready for summer! I love mixing things up.

Anonymous said...

It is gorgeous, just as I knew it would be, Kathysue!

Regina from The Queenly Abode said...

Love the new look!

Unknown said...

I love changing things out for each season...and your refresh is so cheerful!!! Love that green/white striped rug and both mantle options look good. Homeowners choice!! :)

xoxo Elizabeth

xinex said...

Lovely, KathySue. I love the striped green and white rug.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

The changes you have made look terrific! I love the green and white striped rug in your room.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Very pretty, Kathysue! And since you asked, I choose the mantel grouping with the white urns. Love your wood column lamps, too!!! And my niece-in-law just bought that same green striped rug for her baby'to'be's nursery!

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

Oh, I love what you have done and it is such a good reminder of how a simple seasonal refresh can really change the look giving so much bang for the buck. I love that birdcage and love it paired with the clay pots and the white on the mantel. And the rug, love it!

Unknown said...

Hi KathySue, what a fun Summer make-over! Your green striped rug is perfect - and the green chair an ottoman looks like the perfect spot to relax in. Everything looks fresh and crisp and uncluttered - great job! I pick the mantle with the white urns ;)
xo Sherri
P.S. Congrats on your give-a-way win!!!


Kathysue! Beautiful...so fresh, like a wonderful home on nantucket!!! I love the stripe rug and the cream pillows...yes, you are ready for summer! I was just thinking when I read your list that you could just paint the brick on the FP white??? I bet Hubby is against that HUH? I know how men are!
I am in love with those wooden lamps on the mantel. I think I like the white urns on the mantel, but I could go either way! You were working it girl :)

Bring Pretty Back said...

Kathysue~ That rug is perfect. The whole room is perfect!
Have a pretty day!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Nice new spring/summer look, Kathysue. Love that fun rug.

Karen said...

Isn't it fun to update your rooms as the season changes? The rug couldn't be more perfect in your room, it's like it was made specifically for you. Stripes are such a timeless way to add pattern.

BTW, you mentioned on my post today that snails are an issue for you with your hostas. I had problems with slugs eating holes in mine but found a product yesterday at Lowe's that is supposed to be organic and turn into fertilizer. It's call something like "Bugg-o", I'd have to look to be sure. I'll let you know how it works.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathysue!
I'm in love with the green and white striped rug and it's a perfect match to the wallpaper.
You have done a wonderful job desigining your room, it's stunning.


chisenfam said...

I love the summery look you have achieved, just gorgeous as I knew it would be! The rug is perfect and I love, love the clay pots and the texture it adds against the pastels and whites. Everything looks so good and I can't wait to see it evolve as you add the future changes!

La Dolfina said...

Wowza, that carpet rocks!!!!
I love it in the room.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Kathysue, it is all gorgeous. This working 2 days a week is really getting in the way of my fun looking at blogs. I love all of your changes. The new rug is fabulous and it looks wonderful with the sofa. I like the idea of the wainscoting and marble on the fireplace. I also like the clay pots on the mantel. You always do such a wonderful job with your decorating. Just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Marcus Design said...

What a beautiful and summery room. This is gorgeous Kathysue, you should be so proud. And what's best is it looks so pretty but so comfy and inviting at the same time. Perfection!
Nancy xo

Sue said...

It was so fun to take the tour! It does look light and summery in your house. I like the mantel with the pots best. I love that mirror over the mantel...so pretty!

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

That green rug! WOW, what a deal you got and it looks just perfect in your room! Enjoy! Janell

Acanthus and Acorn said...

It reminds me of an English garden. Just love the new rug and those big floor lamps! I feel your pain about the fireplace brick and brass screen. We used to have something similar. It's long gone now and I hope to post my easy and cheap process next week.

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

Kathysue you did a great job! Oh and that rug....totally love it! It looks so great in your space. It's funny how a few simple changes makes a room look so different! Shoot, I need you to come to my house! I could totally see my family room looking like this!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

A very pretty spring makeover. Your new rug ties in perfectly. Very pretty, Kathysue.

Anita said...

I also love the wooden lamps- where did you get those? I think I would love to whitewash one....

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Your room is gorgeous~ I love so many things about it-love the birdhouse and that rug really caught my eye! What a fantastic piece and so perfect for your pretty room!
I host Feathered Nest Friday party at my blog and would love for you to come share this sometime! Now following :)

Babs said...

Kathysue, I like your Spring makeover and I've been looking at your post for about 20 minutes now. Your mantel interests me because I've been wanting to do something different to mine for years. The whole wall and hearth are brick with a chunky cedar mantel up high. Very 80s. You've done yours so well. As far as ginger jars/urns or pots, the ginger jars are probably more formal and "expected" and the pots a bit more interesting. I do like your striped rug.. well, green is my favorite color.
Thanks for sharing your new Spring look,
Hope you have a great weekend,

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Kathysue, I love that rug! It looks like it was made your room! You "To Do" list looks about as long as mine...we have to plan and dream, don't we? :) Love how you've changed your room for the summer season. I love those garden seats...they are so versatile for extra seating or as a "table" when needed. Every time I see them around here, they are so expensive. I think I'll start looking again this summer...maybe I'll spot a bargain somewhere. :)
Beautiful update for your living room! So perfect for summertime.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kathysue, I love the new Summer look and especially the green and white rug. It is a beautiful, happy room! Thank you for joining my party.