The Before and After Parade Day 1

October 7, 2022


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Before and After Parade Day #1 The Family Room

Today I’m taking you inside my family room. It’s a challenging space since it’s incredibly narrow and although we loved our furniture inside our last home, it didn’t work so well inside this new space.


Here’s the “before” from the previous owners and what it looked like when we initially walked through the house.

Before family room blue walls

And here’s the “before” once we moved our furniture in. Funny how much I loved this furniture in our old house but it just didn’t mesh well in this new space… especially the clashing of the blue and teal.

Before family room with blue walls

And here’s the after…


Family Room with green velvet chairs

With so many harsh square lines, I love how the new curved furniture and tables softened up the space.

family room before and after

The room is a lot more comfortable now with an upholstered ottoman to put your feet up on and a high quality rug.

family room with infinity sofa from crate and barrel

I’m so happy with the green velvet chairs! They are super comfy and they also swivel which makes it easier to talk to people in the kitchen or look out the back window at the lake.

modern family room with green and pink

A few more detail shots…

gold tray with flowers
side table with books
pineapple lamp with green shade

It’s now a great room for the family to hang out!

Changes Made

  • Painted the walls, Wimborne White, by Farrow and Ball (color matched with Sherwin Williams paint)
  • New furniture to better fit the space
  • Added swivel chairs to easily talk to people in the kitchen or look at the lake
  • Added Curtains to soften the dark wooden windows
  • Replaced coffee table with an upholstered ottoman for comfort in putting your feet up
  • Added better lamps for a gentler nighttime feel
  • Replaced the rug with one that was higher quality and more durable

Lessons Learned

  • It’s CRAZY how a fresh coat of paint can change a room!
  • It’s ok to put nursery furniture in your living room! Those green velvet chairs are from Crate and Kids and they are my favorite.
  • Curtains do a great job of finishing up a space and adding softness.


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Up Next

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for day #2 of the “Before and After Parade” and sign up HERE to be entered in the giveaway for a free 1-hour home consultation! Winners will be announced on Monday, October 24th, 2022.

xo, Tessie

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