If you guys remember our list of "would love to have's" for our new house, a gas fireplace was on the list... it was practically a must-have, but as relatively easy as they are to install, it wasn't QUITE a deal breaker.
Happily, our new house comes with a nice, big family room with a great fireplace! Yay!! It's open to the kitchen, which I love for entertaining and for spending time together during supper prep, and has four big windows that provide a ton of gorgeous natural light.
In another happy little detail, we like the color of the walls. Maybe not - "Oh my gosh, that's the exact color I've always dreamt of having in my family room!" - but more - "Hey, this is pretty and it will definitely work with the overall style I want this room to have." It's a little less olive in person, and little bit softer and more neutral.
We love the entertainment center we bought together before we moved to South Carolina, and are so glad that it will blend with the hardwood floors and cabinets in the kitchen!! And there just so happens to be a wall that is plenty big enough to accommodate this massive piece of furniture :-)
|Ashley Furniture, from about 2010|
(Forgive the grainy phone pic - two thirds of this is in the POD, and the little middle part is in the basement, so I had to dig to find this old photo!) We love that this is big enough for our big TV, and all of the storage it offers. All of our DVD player/Wii/whatever other gizmos I don't recognize, binders of DVDs, video games and accessories, etc fit in the glass part, and the drawers hold board games, camcorder, books, blankets... all kinds of stuff! Love it!
We went out last week and picked out furniture for the family room - a couch and a loveseat - and put a deposit on it. We'll pay it off as soon as we close, but for now... we are being very careful not to derail our mortgage process! I can't wait til these arrive... I love the soft blue! Light enough to go with the soft, calming, clean look I want for the room... but not too feminine for a man to enjoy ;-)
|via Ashley Furniture - Kreeli Sofa (and Loveseat) in Slate|
|via Ashley Furniture - Kylee Accent Chair|
We're planning to use a recliner we already have for some additional seating, and we want to get a storage ottoman/bench like this one to put in front of a window for some extra storage and seating. We also kind of suspect Charley will make it his spot for squirrel-watching :-)
Our old coffee table and end tables will still work in the new room, so we don't need more of those... I would like to eventually get a console table to kind of anchor the loveseat that we think will probably float beween the kitchen and family room, and our beloved "periodic tables" will be the additional surfaces needed for any entertaining we do...
As amazing as these windows are, I don't want to do anything to darken them too much. I'm thinking maybe some buttery yellow curtains that will pull in the yellows from the accent pillows?
And I'm picturing something simple for the mantle, along these lines but with a big mirror instead of the multiple little prints (and leaving the mantle as-is, not painting it white). Some silk flowers should help tie in the colors from the pillows that aren't necessarily already in the windows, furniture or walls :-) I'll echo that in some of what I put on the display shelves of the entertainment center, too.
The appraisal on the house was done a couple of days ago, so we're just waiting for the mortgage company to compile the paperwork and we should be ready to close... probably in the next two weeks... then we can take immediate possession and I can start putting these plans and pictures into action! I SO can't WAIT!!!
PS: If you missed it, here are my plans for the formal dining room!