OK, so I shared with you all how we were working on a major update in our family room (not just swapping out throw pillows and seasonal accents) we were literally tearing down the tv wall and removing fireplace mantle, opening it up and making it easier to see the television and help the room feel larger and more open. We also did not have enough seating for all four of us (not to mention any guests) to relax and watch tv or talk...
Here is a before pic:
The large arched opening had been filled in with a "faux" fireplace and mantle and smaller niches on either side...problem was, the TV was so high over the mantle it was difficult to see from the sofa and chairs, also the room felt crowded with that large wall.
A lot of planning went into this wall, I love to draw ideas out with graph paper so I can get a real feel for what it will look like, here is a sketch I made of the new wall before it was finished:
Here are a few "During Photos":
This was one messy job! Our handyman used plastic tarps to help keep dust and debris from going everywhere...
After removing the old wall, niches and fireplace mantle, the wall had to be patched and painted.
Here is the wall completed, but before decorating!! We literally added 2 feet to our room by opening it up.
Here's the wall with art and mirrors and accessories in the TV cabinet.
We chose a long, low tv cabinet from Ikea for the wall. The whole idea was to LOWER the tv to make it easier to watch, and open up the wall for a more spacious feel in that area...I also found a pair of pretty vintage-looking window paned framed mirrors that reflected natural light and broke up the large solid wall.
The long cabinet gives us plenty of space for storage and display (read: decor). There was a big debate whether to go with a black or white cabinet, we chose black, but filled it with lighter colored objects like paper wrapped books and seashells and coral, so it didn't look so heavy.
I also had fun decorating the top of the cabinet...bare branches in a simple cylinder vase always look good to me in the Fall and Winter time, I also a favorite photo in a rustic frame.
A huge metal bowl filled with natural, seasonal elements also looks nice...white pumpkins for fall, of course!
I snapped this photo of my youngest daughter combing the beach for seashells and treasures...it is one of my favorite photos!
Above the tv, I framed up some other favorite photos (all printed in sepia tones) one of my oldest daughter surfing and 2 from a recent trip to Boca Grande!
I can't wait to fill this big bowl with cool items for Christmas, like pinecones and glass ornaments...you get the idea!
Remember these DIY Coastal Hurricane vases from yesterday??
In addition to opening up the tv wall, we also decided to add a loveseat to our seating area to provide more seating for television viewing...
The loveseat is from IKEA and the white slipcover matches the rest of my furniture nicely. This has been such a fabulous addition to our Family Room, now the whole family (and guests) have places to sit and comfortably see the tv and talk.
More on the new fall color scheme to come!!
We are totally loving our new Family Room, and most NORMAL people would be happy to stop here, but I want to add one more element to the room...
horizontal painted wood paneling to the inside of the tv wall niche to give it a softer look and more interest! So stay tuned for that project...coming soon to a blog near you!!