August 11, 2014

Happy Monday!  Today is an exciting day here at withHEART– it’s the day I’m showing you all one of the most lived in, loved, and comfortable rooms in my home– it’s family room reveal day!

When we moved in, I had good intentions of tackling this room early on.  In fact, I really wanted to get it done before Ruby was born (ha, was that unrealistic!).  I knew we would be in there a lot, and people would be visiting frequently and I didn’t want them in our ugly living room.  Every time we had visitors, I wanted to say “hey!  The nursery and guest room are quite lovely– want to take this conversation upstairs?”  I loathed the room and just the way our remodel order went, it ended up being near the end of our list.  Such a shame.  But now that it’s done, it’s been so wonderful enjoying it!  What a life-changer.

First, you may remember I showed you my design plans for the space and put together this design board:

family room board

Sectional | Rug | Accent Table | White Accent Table | Lamp | Pillows herehere, and here | Mirror | Vase | Coral Textured Box | Picture Frame | Tray | Ottoman | Drapes | Paint in Pale Silver

Put on your tin foil hats and brace for teleportation: let’s head back in time and see what I was working with (photo from when we did our walk through– previous owner’s furnishings).


Now drum roll please…..

Here is our transformed family room:

Family Room   family room bookshelves AQ3J5946 blue wingback chairs sunburst mirror ottoman bookshelves fireplace sectional bookshelves family room IMG_3715

Photos by Veronica Reeve and yours truly

 I honestly cannot believe it’s the same space. It’s so cheerful and relaxed, yet I feel like it feels put together and intentional.  This week I’m getting into all the nitty-gritty details in this space, including sharing the second part to building those built-ins (you can see part 1 here) and all of the room specifics– what’s new, what’s repurposed, etc.

So, what’s your favorite part?  I’m still in awe that we built that entire wall around the fireplace from scratch.  Such a proud accomplishment!

Have a wonderful week!


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  1. Such a dramatic before and after! I love the color palette and those built-ins are DREAMY. Great job, Jen!!

  2. Meghan says:

    I love this space! So light and cheery – a HUGE improvement to what was there before. 🙂

  3. What an amazing room! I really love the pops of color you’ve weaved throughout. Where did you get your area rug from!?

  4. I absolutely love this space. The built ins are gorgeous and just like you said, bright and cheery! Its perfect!

  5. marianne says:

    AMAZING !! I love, love, love it !! Congrats !

  6. Catherine says:

    Wow! That looks amazing! I don’t know if I would have even thought about removing that fireplace surround and mantle but that was absolutely the perfect thing to do. Just so good. Going in my inspiration folder!

  7. Oh wow, what a beautiful room and the fireplace wall is stunning. It makes such a difference in the room. Gorgeous.

  8. jan says:

    Everything is so beautiful, my favorite part is the sweet stools from target , pillows and everything. Just amazing!

    • Jen says:

      Thank you, Jan! I rushed out to buy those stools as soon as they went into Target and haven’t regretted buying them for a second! I love them!

  9. Michelle says:

    I LOVE the color choices. Specifically, the grey couch. I would love to do something along those lines. Simple but dramatic and easy to change with pillows! And those built-in’s?! *swoon!* You all did a fabulous job at making them look like a natural part of the house.

  10. Jennifer E says:

    So fresh and pretty! That fireplace wall is beautiful! =)

  11. Van says:

    The room looks so much bigger.

  12. kristin says:

    Absolutely amazing!! It is all so beautiful and the color choices are stunning!!

  13. Whoa – what a gorgeous transformation! Congrats on a great job!

  14. Bryony says:

    Those two royal blue chairs are just to die for!! I am so in love with them, they fit in perfectly! I think I’ve got a new found love with royal blue thanks to them!

    Also lusting over the floral kimono your wearing in your display photo! It Is GORGEOUS!!!! Suits you so well! I am now on thee hunt for one!


  15. Natalie says:

    It looks amazing! I love how inviting it looks to just come sit down and relax…perfect family space. Still love that zgallerie sectional! I wish it would work for our space. Thanks for the all the inspiration!!

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  17. Martina says:

    Fantastic room. I love the rug and have been wanting it for sometime but afraid to buy as the reviews on the colors are not great. I’m looking for a grey rug and that looks like the color you bought. Can you tell me what shade of rug you bought. Thanks.

  18. Pretty pretty and more pretty!!;) Love the blue velvet chairs, the pops of coral, the built ins, everything is just gorgeous.

  19. Angela says:

    I admire your vision. I liked the surround on the fireplace in the before photo, but getting rid of it and going with the built ins makes the room look so much bigger. Awesome sauce.

  20. Your space is gorgeous! Amazing transformation.

  21. Jen says:

    Simply stunning! Such beautiful color combinations and I just love how fresh and bright it is! That last photo completely stopped me in my tracks. Well done Jen!

  22. sherry hart says:

    You really brought that room to life! So fresh and pretty…..great job!

  23. Amber says:

    What color is the trellis rug? Spa Blue or Light Grey? Love this room. Love everything you do!

  24. Amber says:

    And the size too?

  25. Melissa says:

    As always, Jen, gorgeous job! Beautiful room! Love the colors!

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  27. Kathleen says:

    I absolutely love the colors. The couch, the stools and pillows, and the walls. Do you mind sharing what color of the paint on the walls?

  28. Lissa says:

    So beautiful! Where did you get your couch and chairs?

  29. Emily V says:

    I just bought a gray sectional and wanted to do a leather ottoman. Your living room is pretty much the perfect inspiration. My question is about the ottoman. Its to die for! Is it worth the pottery barn price tag? Or should I look for cheaper alternatives? I have looked around at others but this one seems so dreamy.

    • Jen says:

      Hi Emily, thanks for reading! I think real leather is the way to go. It just feels and looks so rich. If you can find another alternative that is less expensive, you’ll still accomplish the same look. It just depends on your needs. Hope that’s helpful!

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  31. Beth Bishop says:

    Stunning! I’ve been trying to figure out how to pull teal brown and gray together. Your rug does just that. Any suggestions on finding a similar rug?

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