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We have a chameleon in our house and I am not talking about a colorful cute lizard, although Sylvia the cat would LOVE a pet lizard I am sure 😯 . The chameleon I am referring to is actually a room adjacent to our kitchen. It’s definitely one of my favorite spaces in the house because it has so many beautiful large windows that look out over the water and almost make it feel like a sunroom. This fabulous room has changed it’s “colors” so many times over the last 9 years and I just can’t help but call it a chameleon. The latest phase is quite colorful & eclectic, but before we get to the “Colorful Family Room Reveal”, I want to remind you where we began 9 years ago…
It was a dark dreary cave and our dear dog “Dude” made it his dog cave. He would let us borrow it on Thanksgiving and Christmas for a big family dinner, but that was the only use we would get out of it. It really was a waste of space. Adding the unique DIY “X” wood beams on the ceiling, and even putting a pretty light fixture in didn’t help. The dark metallic grey paint that I used was just way too dark and we avoided the space like the plague. I was still learning my true style at this stage.
Even in the daylight the grey was not my favorite. Below you’ll see how I finally got smart and transformed the un-used room into my much needed office. Don’t worry, Dude still had his spot in that back corner.
Earlier this year I had enough of the grey, and we painted the walls crisp white (like the rest of the house). It really is shocking how much white opens up any space. You may also notice that I painted the credenza behind my desk black. You can read my full tutorial including what paint I used here: Black Painted Credenza.
EARLIER THIS YEAR:
Welcome to the room today! I finally grew tired of the “Coffee Lounge” in our kitchen (if you are a newsletter subscriber you know about that already), and I moved everything including the very large sectional sofa into this room to make new colorful cozy family room, or feel free to call it a coffee lounge if you like. Here’s that original fun story if interested: “DIY Kitchen Coffee Lounge“.
How do you like that fancy gold mirror? Can you believe I found it at the thrift store? All I had to do was hang it.
And that cool brass light fixture…whoa! My vision for this room was all about fun family time. I wanted bright colors, and a little bit of an eclectic vibe up against my favorite stained wood and white walls. I also like that I can switch out the accents at any time. We are thinking about putting our Christmas tree in here this year, too.
I gotta tell you, I really like the “lounge” in here so much better. You see, this large sofa was taking up way too much room in our kitchen.
I could barely get by it to be honest with you. Now that we have this larger space I could also include several more chairs and even a few surprises like the new modern brass chandelier I mentioned…
Below is the room in it’s entirety and you may be curious why the TEA & COFFEE letters on the wall? Well, I am a tea drinker and my husband and kiddos all love coffee, so this fits us (see sources below). Luckily, we already had cable in that one corner, so the flat screen television on the wall was a no brainer. This will make for a nice family room movie night with the entire family curled up on that couch. Sylvia is totally digging it, too.
When I was taking photos of the room, I realized that the light fixture actually matched up with the design of the beams that we installed years ago. How crazy is that? That was not planned folks. I guess you could say they are a perfect fit. I love the modern glam factor it adds.
Here’s the view from the other side looking into our kitchen.
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I want you to know that I don’t believe in measuring for gallery walls. Just begin in the middle and USE THESE TO HANG ALMOST EVERYTHING.
By the way, the blue lamps I found on clearance at Michael’s, but I picked out a few that I really love (even more than these) at the end of this post.
Lastly, you can learn how to grow indoor impatiens HERE like I have growing on that coffee table.
So, would you like tea or coffee? 😀
Colorful Striped Rug- Ikea (sorry no link)
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