I’m so excited to show you our family/TV room today. I love it so very much, as exemplified with my romantic cuddle session with Lady Buttercup. It’s dark and cozy and I honestly don’t think I’d change one thing about it. I love landing on that sectional in the corner, two kids piling on and watching TV (especially in the winter). This ended up being far more of a TV room, not really a family room as the kids don’t tend to play in here, but living in the PNW in the winter we sure do love to spend time in here at night and on the weekends.
If you are just popping by (welcome!) head over to the process post if you want to see how this room came together (it was a totally different color when we first moved in). This room is right off the living room, separated by a pocket door, and the perfect room to throw children in when we have friends over while we hang in the living room.
The sectional is incredibly comfortable (gets more comfy with more use – they are always on the stiffer side at the beginning). Sadly it’s currently unavailable. We added a lot of velvet pillows to up the cozy factor and two of my favorite throws – a pretty wool one and that faux fur blanket I won’t stop talking about. The lamps were pretty much made for this room – the dark blue linen is perfect, the shape of the shade contrasts so well with all the squares, and the gold detail just ties it all together. The sconces light the art so beautifully and are on a dimmer so we can keep them so low and create quite the vibe.
The rug is so beautiful – it’s wool and has so much movement in it, with color variation, making it forgiving. Don’t forget to add a 1/2″ memory foam carpet pad for a lot of plushness. The coffee table I’ve had for over 10 years (originally from Anthropologie) and the striped pillow was a splurge from Lost and Found LA.
Let’s talk paint color – Stillwater by Sherwin-Williams is on the wall and it’s PERFECT. Now if you have a brightly lit room (natural light) you should know that it can be a really bold/saturated color (almost like a bright teal) but with our lighting and vibe, it goes super moody. I could not be happier with the level of saturation and color in here (any darker could look black and any lighter would be too bold or light).
Art (vintage) | Framer
I continued the thread of this vintage plaid Boro fabric that we have throughout the house (in the powder room and living room) and this time framed it as a piece of art on the wall. Dave, our framer, mounted it expertly preserving the edges and imperfections. We chose to not put glass or plexi on it because it would make the piece hard to see and would essentially just reflect the outside that it’s facing. I LOVE it.
In case you missed it, I did a whole blog post and reel about how to hang a gallery wall in this room. Those seascapes make me so happy and while I never say this (and likely shouldn’t) I don’t think I’m ever going to touch them.
On the opposite wall, we have one last seascape given to me as a gift from Julie, our antiques dealer/client of the kitchen we did last year for Crate & Barrel. It’s so perfect! The art light above it really shows it off (and contrasts nicely with the sconces over the gallery wall – both from Rejuvenation).
We didn’t need a ton of storage in here, just enough for games and puzzles really. But the real problem that we had was not having a surface for lamps or drinks. Since the sofa is slammed up against the far wall and there was hardly any room for a side table on this side of it, we needed a sofa table. Enter this bookcase from Pottery Barn that fits PERFECTLY along the back of the sofa and is where my wine or tea sits when I’m watching TV (as well as those gorgeous lamps). It looks fully integrated and almost like it was professionally designed!
The sofa faces the TV and fireplace wall, and if you missed my spiel about how that piece of art is actually our Frame TV (with an awesome Bezel around it) head to this blog post. If you are building or remodeling I love this configuration of a TV wall – with a stove fireplace next to it. We worked with Vermont Castings on this fireplace – it’s gas direct vent fireplace. It warms up the room quickly so we use it mostly on the chilly nights and that ambiance, obviously, is quite the mood boost during what we call “the long great dark” up here. While I truly wanted to stay off the grid with natural gas where possible, the electric fireplaces that were available at the time were aesthetically not something we could put in a 100-year-old farmhouse (they have since gotten better, btw, but it’s still tricky to make them work in all environments). It’s definitely a luxury and perhaps not something you need in all lower/warmer states, but up here it takes a dreary/depressing night and turns it into an event to look forward to.
That chandelier is from Rejuvenation and I’m so sorry I didn’t shoot it with the light on! We just did a reel about it, showing how it lights the ceiling in such a pretty and soft/glowy way. You can configure that fixture so that it lights down or up but we didn’t want to look up into a bulb (and we have recessed lights should we need more) so we faced them up and love how it gives the ceiling an ambient glow.
Lastly, you’ll see the French doors to the patio, which I don’t really think that we needed but it creates nice exterior symmetry with the sunroom on the opposite side. What we didn’t predict (well I did but nobody would believe me) is that the afternoon summer light (that stays light til 10 pm) blasts through here and makes it impossible to watch TV (or perhaps I’m sensitive to that) so we put shades on the doors (from Twopages that are so lovely) and we ended up installing a swing door into the hallway that is also flooded with light. So you can truly shut it all out, like vampires, even on the sunniest days 😉
The detail of the rug really shows off the texture of it. I’m getting inspiration from Enkay for our next rug launch. I know that this kind of quality, weave, and texture is usually quite expensive (hand-dyed yarn, artisanal weaving) but my goodness it’s so pretty. Now for some good old-fashioned before and afters of this room. But wait, let’s go back in time to remind you what it looked like when we bought the house:
She has come a loooooong way. Here you go!
I can’t BELIEVE it was ever that light/boring and wrong. This room always wanted to be dark.
Here (above) you can get a sense more of the Ponder paint color, which I really did like for a lighter room but looked dead in here).
I hope you enjoyed this room process as much as I enjoy this room. If I could have you all over to experience this level of vibe and cozy I would. Thanks to all involved and don’t forget to watch the Youtube video of the whole process with really pretty reveals.
Family Room Resources:
Paint Color: Still Water by Sherwin-Williams
Wood Floors: Oregon White Oak by Zena Forest Products
French Doors: Sierra Pacific Windows
Roman Shades: Twopages Curtains
Entry Door: Vintage
Table Lamps: Crate & Barrel
Switch Plates: Rejuvenation
Picture Light: Rejuvenation (similar)
Sectional: Rejuvenation (no longer available)
Bookcases: Pottery Barn
Coffee Table: Anthropologie (unavailable)
Fireplace: Vermont Castings
Art Framer: Limitless Creations
Bench Cushion Fabric: Sunbrella
Bench Cushion Upholstery: Raleigh Hills Upholstery
Cushion Bench: Dinihanian Design Build