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!


  1. Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home

    August 11th, 2014 at 5:14 am

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

  2. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Thanks Jen! You’re so sweet!

  3. Meghan

    August 11th, 2014 at 6:41 am

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

  4. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Thank you, Meghan!

  5. Anna | Gone Banannas

    August 11th, 2014 at 7:32 am

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

  6. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Thank you, Anna! The rug is from Rugsusa.com. There is a link to it right under the design board.

  7. Erin@liveprettyonapenny

    August 11th, 2014 at 7:43 am

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

  8. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Thank you, Erin!

  9. marianne

    August 11th, 2014 at 7:50 am

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

  10. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Thank you, Marianne!

  11. Catherine

    August 11th, 2014 at 7:54 am

    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!

  12. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Thank you so much!

  13. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:48 am

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

  14. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Thank you so much, Marty!

  15. Brooke & Jane

    August 11th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Wow it looks amazing! You are so talented!


  16. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Thank you so much!

  17. jan

    August 11th, 2014 at 10:44 am

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

  18. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    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!

  19. Michelle

    August 11th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    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.

  20. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Thank you so much! We love the couch, especially with a toddler!

  21. Jennifer E

    August 11th, 2014 at 11:54 am

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

  22. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you so much!

  23. Van

    August 11th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    The room looks so much bigger.

  24. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I agree! Thanks for reading!

  25. kristin

    August 11th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

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

  26. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you so much!

  27. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country

    August 11th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

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

  28. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you so much!

  29. Bryony

    August 11th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    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!


  30. Jen

    August 11th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you so much! Glad you’re finding some inspiration:)

  31. Natalie

    August 11th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    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!!

  32. Jen

    August 12th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Thank you so much, Natalie! It’s a great sectional if it fits in your space! Thanks for reading!

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  34. Martina

    August 13th, 2014 at 1:40 am

    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.

  35. Jen

    August 13th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you, Martina! It’s the Lt. Gray color. You can read all about the room details HERE. Thanks for reading!

  36. shavonda@ahomefullofcolor

    August 13th, 2014 at 7:01 am

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

  37. Jen

    August 13th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you, gal!

  38. Angela

    August 13th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    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.

  39. Jen

    August 13th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you so much, Angela!

  40. Kristine @ I Design Love

    August 18th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Your space is gorgeous! Amazing transformation.

  41. Jen

    August 18th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    thank you so much!

  42. Jen

    August 18th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    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!

  43. Jen

    August 19th, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Jen, you are so sweet– thank you! Hope you’re doing well! xx

  44. sherry hart

    August 19th, 2014 at 6:04 am

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

  45. Jen

    August 19th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Thank you so much, Sherry!

  46. Amber

    August 20th, 2014 at 10:37 am

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

  47. Jen

    August 23rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Hi Amber, it’s the Lt. Grey, and it’s just under an 8×10

  48. Amber

    August 20th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    And the size too?

  49. Melissa

    August 25th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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

  50. Jen

    August 25th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you so much, Melissa!

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  52. Kathleen

    June 8th, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    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?

  53. Jen

    June 10th, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Hi! It’s Restoration Hardware Pale Silver. Thanks for reading!

  54. Lissa

    July 29th, 2015 at 2:42 pm

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

  55. Jen

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Thank you! Chairs are vintage. Couch is ZGallery

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    September 9th, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    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.

  58. Jen

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    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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  61. Beth Bishop

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    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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