My family room has been the bane of my existence since the day we moved in the house. I have changed it more than any other room, and have never been 100% happy with it. Some rooms, like the kitchen, I have loved since day one and I never change anything. Or if I need to, like when I had to get a new rug, I got the same one I had before the dog destroyed it. But there is something about this family room.
I had wanted it to look like a lofty, airy, eclectic french room. And from some angles, it really does. But it turns out that was a bit ambitious and unrealistic for a family of four. Or maybe more to the point, it is not functioning well for us. And after grilling my kids and husband repeatedly about why they don’t seem to want to use it, I still haven’t figured it out. (They’re worthless with this stuff. The best answer was “I have no idea” and the worst was “Let’s put four beds in here so we can watch tv and fall asleep in here!)
I can’t and don’t want to start over. There are so many awesome pieces in there that I spent a lot on, like the sofa, the redwood table, and the chandelier. And the tulip table and acrylic chairs. Not. Cheap.
So I am determined to work with what I have, and make it more comfortable and homey. The problem is, that goes directly against what the room was supposed to be. Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t set out to make it uncomfortable per se, but I did intend to make it elegant and lofty.
Here it is earlier today. Remember that the black paint over the tv is being painted white. And I know, the tv absolutely wrecks the whole look of the room. But family first, so it’s staying.
It’s always hardest in your own home. The struggle is real.
And finally, a OKL clearance: