I am sharing my inspiration and plan to update our family room over the next eight weeks as part of the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge.
Welcome to WEEK ONE of the Fall One Room Challenge! This bi-annual challenge is a gathering and celebration of home decor bloggers and designers hosted by Linda from Calling It Home, in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens. This eight-week design challenge will follow 20 featured designers along with hundreds of guest participants. Each participant is challenged to makeover a space in their home, while sharing their progress along the way. Every Wednesday and Thursday for the next eight weeks, you will be amazed by all of the inspiration and creativity you will find here!
Before I get started, I want to welcome any new readers who may be visiting from the One Room Challenge blog. My name is Lynne and I am a wife, mom, and elementary school teacher. My Family Thyme is a place where I share my love for all things home and family. Here you will find home decorating ideas, crafts, simple DIYs, and recipes. I would love to connect with you on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or here on the blog!
Our Family Room
I am so excited to update and refresh my family room this fall. My family and I spend most of our time in our family room, so we all feel that it deserves a little extra love. We have lived in our home for almost 18 years and this room has been relatively untouched. These pictures were taken five years ago, in 2016, but you can get an idea of the space.
Our family room is a charming room and was actually the room that sold me on purchasing our home. I couldn’t help but fall for the tongue and groove cedar ceiling, planked walls, and wide planked wood floors. There are three windows bring in a great deal of natural light to this cozy space. While our family room is warm and inviting, it also has aged and dated. Our couch is worn and ripped and the cushions feel deflated. The ceiling is stained from a water leak and the room feels tired and dated. It is ready for a refresh.
Like my spring porch refresh, my inspiration for this makeover comes from my family’s favorite vacation spot, Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard is a beautiful island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and it is a place we have been blessed to visit for many years. Visiting there always brings us a feeling of relaxation happiness, and comfort. That is the feeling I would like to create for our family in this room. Along with scenic coastal views, this unique island has beautiful abundant farmland as well. My plan is to combine the style of coastal New England with farmhouse touches for look of casual elegance. I can’t wait to get started!
My Plan to Update Our Family Room
Over the next eight weeks, I will:
- Paint the ceiling and remove the water stain
- Paint the walls a lighter, neutral color
- Add new curtains and window treatments
- Create artwork
- Update the bookcases and style them
- Possibly update the fireplace insert
- Replace sectional couch
- Bring in an ottoman for additional seating
- Add pillows and accessories
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What is remaining? The brick of fireplace will remain untouched. While I would love to do a whitewash or lime wash the brick, my family has asked me to leave it. (Are you reading this, Andy? ) I will also be keeping the leather chair, end tables and tv stand.
I am sure there will be a few fun crafts and DIYs along the way! I can’t wait to get started and hope you’ll follow along!