9.23.2008

Tour My House Tuesday: Family Room

**P.S. The color of the walls is called "Cracker Crumb" and it's by Lowe's house brand, Valspar.

For the next few weeks I thought it would be fun to host a weekly tour of my house.  I love seeing photos of other people's houses so I hope you like it!  Today it's my family room.

The family room shares the back of the house with the kitchen and dining room.  Every room is open to the others, which I love, especially when I am cooking and I can see Nina as she plays.

I was used to an older, more traditional house, so this house was an adjustment for me.  The fireplace and TV nook are side by side, which I thought was strange, but have gotten used to.  

I really miss having a charming wooden mantle above the fireplace to decorate.  Instead the "thing" out here in Colorado is to have a huge drywalled cavern above the TV/fireplace.  It has been a challenge to decorate because the size of the space tends to dwarf anything I put there.  I am always tweaking it! (Yesterday's post included a photo of this space with my "Boo" pumpkins.  It is fun to decorate for holidays!)

I have tried my best to make my house reflect the cozy, traditional feel that I love, even though it is a new construction.  This piece above was my mother's hope chest, which she painted a garish midnight blue with gold accents in her teenage days.  Thankfully she let me strip and refinish it, and now I love how it looks in my family room.  Hopefully it adds to the cozy factor!

I'll be posting a new tour for the next few weeks on Tuesdays.  Eventually I will run out of rooms, but it will be fun in the meantime!




42 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

I love your family room! That tv nook is so unique and would be fun to decorate! In my last two houses, I had a kitchen off the family room so I could see the kids. But, now they are getting older and not playing in the family room! Can't wait to see more..I love your style!

Wendy said...

You know, the "cavern" above the fireplace may be a bit of a challenge to decorate, but on the bright side, I do love the windows there. They give a nice light. Your family room looks FABULOUS!

Joanna said...

Love the family room. It looks so cozy! I am sure there are many family moments by the fire. That room just sorta leads you in that direction.

Kim @ My Journey said...

I love home tours. Fun idea. Your living room is so beautiful.... feels cozy. What a treasure your Mom's hope chest must be to you.

Looking forward to the rest of the tour! Have a super day...

Darlene said...

I absolutely LOVE your family room and it definitely looks comfortable and cozy!! I LOVE that space above the tv and fireplace with the large windows....looks like you do just fine decorating it! Just BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jen r. said...

You have a beautiful home! It's such a big space too!I love the colors, very homey!

the undomesticated wife said...

Your house does look cozy! Looks like a great place to curl up and read a book with a glass of wine.

My parents have an old trunk similar to yours, and in the 70s they "antiqued" it by painting it red and black. Ugh. It's a shame! I can't even imagine what it would be like to try to refinish it.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a pretty living room! I love the fabric on your chair/couch, and your mom's hope chest is a lovely piece! My "dream house" actually had that same style of mantel and floor layout--I really like it! It makes for wonderful family & entertaining space! Thanks for the tour--can't wait to see more of your home! :)

Chris said...

Oooooh, I love house tours! What a cozy room, and what an awesome space to decorate above the tv. I can't wait for more!

Shannon said...

Everything is so pretty!! You definitely achieved what you wanted with the cozy feel. I have the same problem with our new construction. I love all your windows!

Bella Casa said...

Love your family room and the light you have in there! My family room is adjacent to the garage and has 2 brick walls, so very dark...I helped it out with the paint color we chose, so it's warmer now, but still darker than I like.

Can't wait to see more :)

Bella

My home - My life said...

Your living room looks lovely - warma and cozy! I think you have captured those elements very well!!

Deb said...

Your family room looks really comfy and bright. You have given it a homey?? look. Can't wait to see the rest of the house.

Laurel MacD said...

I also live in Denver and have a "cavern" above my TV and fireplace. I, however, don't have windows. You've done a nice job - can't wait to see more of your home.

Sweet Simplicity said...

It looks so warm and cozy! I love it!

Weeksie50 said...

I love your family room. It looks so warm and inviting..

Genny said...

Beautiful home! So fun to see the pictures. And I love the yellow walls in the first picture.

ROXY said...

I love it! I looks for cozy! I must be great to cuddle up in there on a snowy day! Thanks for sharing:)

Kimba said...

I love your house tours. Very fun! And those windows above your fireplace are beautiful.

I love your post about the rub-on letters. I need to get some and try them out. And your new shoes are too cute!

I just read the post where you mentioned having a labradoodle. We must talk! I've been trying to convince my husband that we need to get a doodle when it's time to add a canine to our family. He's not so sure.

Jboo said...

What a lovely room! It has just the right cozy look to it. I wish it was my family room!

Janet

Marie said...

You family room is so pretty! I love how warm and cozy it is. What color did you use on the walls in there? I'm not a big fan of new construction either... which is what we are also living in. At least your room has some personality! :o)

Lisa said...

That was fun...thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful family room and have decorated it so nicely! Love it!

Lisa said...

That was fun...thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful family room and have decorated it so nicely! Love it!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Your family room is lovely! I like traditional as well...

Annikke said...

Your whole house looks cozy and you have it decorated so neat!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

This is a terrific idea....your family room looks beautiful....I love your style...and it does look very cozy!!

Can't wait to see more of your beautiful home!

Lisa

Ms. Tee said...

I know what you mean about new construction - it is harder to get a traditional look. You're doing a great job, though. I love your family room. And I love that chest - how special! :)

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

I love the light the windows give the room and your decorating styles makes it warm and cozy. I like it and thank you for sharing with us. Love the hope chest, blue and silver? Wow! Can't imagine that one. xxoo

Faith said...

That hope chest is beautiful! I really love the family room and can't wait to see more!

Aubrey said...

What a cozy home you have created! Just lovely!!

I love home tours. Even more so when I can do it from the comfort of my couch! LOL

BTW, shout out to you over at my blog! Thanks again!

Carrie said...

I think everything looks great I can't wait to see more

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hey I love what you have done, your family room looks amazing. Your whole blog is wonderful you do a great job of buzzing and posting in a beautiful way! My dad told me my name (Deborah) actually means buzzing bee. He has referred to that all my life. It is sweet now! Enjoyed your post!
have a beautiful day!
Debbie

duchess said...

Your house is very cozy & welcoming. I'd love to see bigger pictures so I can check everything out.

We had the cavern tv thing in our last house - it's tough to decorate around. Have you seen it done with shutters to cover it up when you want to? Just a thought.

Our Complete Family said...

I want to come visit with you in this room~ I LOVE IT! I have never seen a window nook above a fireplace like you have there in Colorado. It is neat! You have done an awesome job with it all hun! xo, Les p.s. Can't wait to see more of your lovely home!!!

Sarah Kate said...

It is beautiful. I like the idea of doing another room each day. We often only see snippets of certain areas of each others homes. It is nice to see how it all comes together

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Beautiful!..you are talented girl. cherry

Amy from Texas said...

Your room is beautiful. I love your colors, very comfy!

Belle said...

I love home tours...virtual or otherwise. Will look forward to the next installment.

Lisa & Gerald said...

Thanks for the tour of your lovly family room! I love your style can't wait to see the rest of your house!

Kris said...

Love this idea and I love your family room!! So cozy and warm! I might copy you...on the post and the room!

mamajil said...

VERY cozy!! I love your moms hope chest, it adds a lot of character and warmth!!!

Jodee Leader said...

I love your family room! It looks very cozy! I wish mine was half that clean!