Friday I showed you the new table I added to the family room.
Today I’m going to expand on this and show you my vision for this room!
I took my poor-man’s photoshop, the GIMP, and created a few little edited pics to show you what I’m thinking for this room.
Here’s a break-down of my chicken scratch…
a) The LACK bookcase by IKEA.
I think this big chunky shelf will be perfect next to my TV unit.
b) The Expedit Bookcase from IKEA.
I want a table behind the couch, but it needs to be narrow AND long. Not an easy task!
A few weeks ago House*Tweaking posted a picture of her family room, and low and behold she has the perfect table behind her couch.
I’m already planning on
ripping off using her paint color, so I might as well steal this idea too. 🙂
I browsed IKEA and found the Expedit Bookcase, looked up the measurements, and lucky me!.. when you put two side-by-side they are a perfect fit for my couch!
A few other items I’d like to replace or purchase are:
1) the armchair area next to the fireplace.
I bought this chair at a garage sale. I like the chair but I don’t love the location. It doesn’t work well in here but it’s better than nothing!
2) a new lamp for behind the chair. I’d LOVE a lamp like this one from IKEA:
But I think the arm is too big for the space and will hit the wall or the fireplace. I’ll find the perfect lamp soon enough.
Here is the room exactly as it is today.
And one more view:
I tried my hand at creating Mood Boards and came up with this:
I liked the items I selected, but once they were on the board I decided I didn’t LOVE the items on the mood board.
So I swapped out the chair (KARLSTAD chair from IKEA) for a different chair. I also changed the color of the furniture to birch and white, and then chose a different wall color.
Here’s my 2nd Mood Board that I created (the new and improved board):
I wanted to make sure it was exactly what I am picturing in my head, so I played around with my photo editor and came up with my new living room:
In case you just did a serious double-take, here is my original photo before I edited it:
And again, side by side:
Can you believe it’s the same room?!
I painted the walls Bonsai by Valspar, added white curtains, moulding around the fireplace and along the walls, two shelves behind the couch, a tall bookshelf next to the tv, and finally two new IKEA chairs.
And once more, here’s the mood board and the family room next to each other. Hopefully this will help give a better visual.
There’s my current plan in a nut-shell!
Hopefully I’ll be able to get the ball rolling on this big makeover. I’ve got the plans down, now all I need is the cash! 🙂
How do you feel about the new plans for the family room?
Do you like the white and light furniture in the 2nd mood board, or are you more drawn to darker furniture?
What is your favorite decorating style?
If you could purchase one piece of furniture right and money wasn’t a factor, what would you buy? Why? Will you post a link to it so we can all see it?