I finally managed to put my family room together. I knew from the beginning that I wanted a “French Country” theme, and I ran with it. Just a reminder, the family room before was a bright purple/pink with a faux finish. Lovely, NOT. Here are some pictures of the before:
Get the picture? How can you not! I painted my family room, foyer, and stairway Benjamin Moore’s “Baby Fawn.”
It is such a neutral base I knew I could do anything with it. It was very convenient that the couch I had from my previous home is a neutral color. I like to keep walls, and big piece of furniture a neutral and accessorize with color. When I think of “French Country” I picture creams, soft blues, grays, greens, etc. I’m trying to decide whether I should start with my accessories first or the main pictures? Hmm… I think I am going to create a build up! Ok, for starters, I blogged previously about the entertainment center I put together. It had a white washed look, and was very neutral. I grabbed some chicken wire baskets from Home Goods, which had a soft linen fabric on the inside.
Not too shabby right? It’s a solid piece I got from Walmart for $149. It’s awesome, not gonna lie! Ok, next… I went to Home Goods and found the PERFECT rug. You know how it’s hit or miss when you go there, and you don’t always find what you’re looking for? Well I almost sh*t when I saw the carpet hanging. It was PERFECT. Had an interesting pattern, with creams, blues and golds running through it.
It would be the perfect amount of bold color I would need, and definitely went along with the color scheme. While I was at home goods, I also picked up the cutest little footstool. With it’s burlap cushioned top, rope handles, and french writing, I had to have it.
So once I had the carpet, wall color, and couch out, I wanted curtains of course, but really didn’t want to make them overpower the room. There are a lot of windows and a lot of natural light. I knew a pattern or a color would be too busy. I found the perfect grommet panels in a light linen color. They worked perfectly. I also had a piece of wall art from my previous home that I used because I absolutely love it. To me it completely looks “French Country” with its soft rustic blues and wrought iron.
While at an antique shop, I spotted another incredible piece of wall art. It was part of an old banister, distressed naturally over time, and absolute gorgeous, period.
As for the throw pillows… I had these really nice lumbar pillows from Crate & Barrel that I definitely wanted to use, and it fit in well with the color scheme. I scooped up a solid pillows (with an embroidered pattern), and a floral pillow that picked up all the colors in the room. I put the three together, and what have you got? Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo!
My couch is a sectional, and in the corner I wanted to make it a little different. I bought up a neutral burlap pillow, and an awesome throw blanket from Target that was right on point.
My coffee table is upholstered, and was purchased with the couch as a complete set. I have a nice wooden tray on top, but wanted to pull in some natural components, greenery and what not. I stopped by Fleurish @ the Win Smith Mill and picked up the cutest preserved boxwood topiary, handmade arrangement in a tart dish and a silver platter. I had purchased a really cook lock and key from Madden Blue (also located at the Win Smith Mill), and I simply tied them together with some left over burlap. I put it all together, to make my own little center piece.
Alright, more accessories. I had previously blogged about the lamps from my previous home, and how I painted them over. All about re-using and re-purposing!
I picked up the cutest black distressed side table from 23rd and Bird (also located at the Win Smith Mill). I added one of the lamps, and the cutest little hen to spice it up with some color!
Alright, so there you go. Everything has a place, everything set up and on display. Here is the final product.
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