My family room has slowly evolved over the past four years as I discovered which direction I wanted to head in. I don’t really care that white and light is “in” right now, although I do like it in some of my rooms. But I live in a winter-is-six-months area of the world, and I want a cozy, rich leather, smoke-your-pipe, brass, antiques, curl-up-with-a-good-book, keep-the-snow-storm-out, kind of room. I know it will take more tweaks and suitable finds, but this summer found me a little closer to the look I want.
One of my summer projects was to re-do a solid wood bookshelf that I had originally stained a light maple color before I was married. The sunny wood tone totally clashed with the darker wood beams, trim, and furniture.
The sanding, stripping, staining, and varnishing took more hours than I realized it would (doesn’t that always happen?), but I’m happy with the results.
And here are a few pictures of the whole family room right now. The three-armed lamp is a recent addition which I’m quite pleased with. I’m thinking that I might add some leather trim to their shades. Also, I made the window valances about five years ago, but they (along with the blinds) are coming down soon. In their place will be long, cream curtains hung high (which I’ll sew with material I bought some time ago), and a roman blind for the square window. The curtains will not only be more energy efficient, but the windows without blinds will let more sunlight and view in. I know I have quite a bit of furniture packed into this somewhat small room, but I ‘m not sure what I would be willing to take out.
- sew curtains and make a roman blind
- trim lamp shades
- critically de-clutter and move things around as necessary
- purchase antique globe
- eventually put in an antique looking ceiling fan
- have Josh organize his coin collection and put some of it on display
Any other thoughts or suggestions for me?