Aug 15, 2012 - Open House    9 Comments

Laree’s Bright Fresh Family Room and Nook

I am once again showing off my friend’s beautiful home.  This time we are checking out her dinning room/nook and family room both right off her amazing kitchen.  Lets start with the eating area.  The space is between the kitchen and family room and is tucked into a large bay window.  Laree took her beautiful dark wood table and chairs and had them painted in this adorable aqua and white.  I think they are so bright and fresh like this.  For lighting I chose a green and crystal antique-ish chandelier to add a little whimsy.  And the bright floral rug under the table was Laree’s from a previous home.

Anthropologie Styled Dinning and Family Room

To dress the bay window I opted for a dark wood rod to match the walnut wood floor.  These rods are great.  They are from Lowe’s brand Allen + Roth.I love that they have “elbows” for the bay window corners that have an infinite radius to fit any space.  I chose these gold silk curtains from Pottery barn to finish the look.  Oh, there is another look at that great rug!  I love the bold statement it makes with all of the solids surrounding it.

Anthropologie Styled Dinning and Family Room

 Do you see anything different in the next photo?  This was a remodeling trick I figured out mid construction.  This used to be a full bay window with french doors in the middle.  The architect moved things around when he planned the expansion but Laree really wanted to keep the bay feel with rounded windows.  There would now be a solid wall and beam on the left side preventing any sized window to be there.  I decided to “pretend” there was a window there and add a mirror the exact size of the opposite window.  We added a puck light in the top of the matching molding to give the feeling of light streaming in.  Honestly, this stroke of brilliance, if I do say so, saved the space.  It really tricks your eye into seeing things symmetrically.

Mirror Framed with Mill work fools for Symmetry

 Now on to the family room.  The space is large and perfect for entertaining.  The three huge windows on the left provide oodles of light and a great place to sit in the two over-sized tan chairs.

Anthropologie Styled Dinning and Family Room

 Again the rods are from Lowe’s and the curtains from Pottery Barn.  These curtains are a creamy color to accent the buttery cream walls of the family room.

Anthropologie Styled Dinning and Family Room

 The space called for a unique furniture layout.  We chose to have a custom sectional built that would fit the entire family and friends comfortably.  This sofa had down cushions and two matching storage ottomans.  Because her husband is tall, the sofa had a very deep seat.  In order to keep it classic and elegant I chose antiqued brass nail heads and beautiful turned legs with wheels for the sofa and ottomans.  The dark brown was a great way to be worry free with little kids running about.  Anthropologie pillows brighten things up and the really thick dark turquoise shag rug adds a punch of fun to the whole space.

Anthropologie Styled Dinning and Family Room

 After moving in, Laree added this beautiful gallery wall above the sofa.  It’s eclectic without looking messy.  Look how she mixed black, silver and gold frames along with canvases.  She also mixed in color and black and whites.  I love how the two light fixtures cap off the ends.

 Anthropologie Styled Dinning and Family Room

 To save space in the family room, because to me there can never be enough space for the family to hang together, we popped out the back wall to build in the custom bookshelves, fireplace, mantle, and tv.  The open shelving was light down the sides to showcase items gathered from travels.  This was all painted in a creamy white like the kitchen cabinetry except for the mantle.  Instead it was reminisced to look like a french antique.  I love the chippy finish with the stained wood showing through.  The adorable banner Laree made adds a cute girly touch.  Metal screens fill in the doors for the bottom cupboards to obscure whats inside but allow tv remotes to still be operational.

Anthropologie Styled Dinning and Family Room

Thanks for coming to the open house!   Would you like to see more of Laree’s home?  Check out the following links:

Anthropologie Inspired Kitchen

Anthropologie Meets Glam Living Room


Star Wars Bedroom

Straane LED Table Lamp Ikea Hack

Pottery Barn inspired Kid’s Bath

Linked Up: Tater Tots & Jello, Funky Junk


  • Your house looks so comfortable and warm. Thanks for sharing.

  • I LOVE everything you did to her house! I want it all, lol! Such a great job. Thank You for sharing.

  • That bathroom is awesome! I especially love the pull out step in the vanity for the little ones. The double vanities are perfect too! Good job on this project. Her home is amazing.

  • Love the dining and family room, could you tell me what paint colors were used and also where the rug was purchased?

  • I would love the names of the paint colors! Your designing is beautiful.

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  • Where did the custom sectional come from?

  • looking good

  • nice post

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