February 27, 2014

Our Family Room

If you're like we are, you live in your family room.  Our room has a very open and sunny feel with windows on three sides.  It's also completely open to the kitchen, and dining room.

This is the view as you step down from our dining room into the family room.  You can see the sofa table that we made behind the couch.

Probably the biggest change is that our comfy couch got a make-over.  Click here to see how I made it look like a brand new couch by sewing a slip cover.

I also moved our railway cart from the living room into here.  It was a little too big for the living room and I was always binking my shin on it.  We love it in here!  It's so rustic and unique and you never worry about being rough on it.
We also like that it says, "Chicago Machinery Exchange" on the side as we live about 4 hours from Chicago and love visiting!  I wonder how many miles this guy traveled before he landed in our family room.

 I also took down the drapes that I had never finished and replaced them with French Country shutters.  Our shutters are not done yet.  We are working on making them functional and also want to add some decorative rustic hinges.  
You can see one of the shutters just propped up against the wall in this picture.  I haven't figured out how to make shutters for the window seat yet.
In this picture, you can see the one on the right of the fireplace hung. They are both hung now on either side of the fireplace.  We need to move the armoire that houses the TV over a little to make room for the shutter.  It's very heavy and so we're procrastinating. 
This is the view of the room as you step down from the kitchen.  (see the kitchen counter in the bottom right of this photo)

And this is the view from my kitchen sink, looking through the pot rack.  The kitchen sink is actually a little to the right and if you're standing at it, you're looking straight into the dining room.
I also brought down a large piece of art that was in the Master Bedroom and propped it over the fireplace. See how we made the fireplace mantle here.
We're enjoying the changes.  We've made so many new pieces lately and changed so much that it takes a while to figure it all out.  

Have a wonderful day!

Love and blessings~
 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16 


  1. Oh wow, this is such a beautiful room and I love, love, love the shutters, they are fantastic. What a beautiful and inviting space. Hugs, Marty

    1. Hurray! I was a little worried about the shutters so I'm so glad you like them! Thanks so much!
      love and blessings~

  2. So very beautiful! I really like this room and your decorating style.
    in Ohio

  3. Lynda, I love what you've done in your family room. You did a beautiful job! New Follower.

    1. Thank you, Jody!
      love and blessings to you and Stan!

  4. What a gorgeous room, so many beautiful details!!! I am in love with those shutters, what a great idea instead of curtains, they look amazing!

    1. Thank you, Lauren! I'm a fan of yours so it's so nice to hear from you!
      love and blessings~

  5. I realize installing these shutters could be hard work, but once you've added them, it'll look great! Also, the drapes look lovely too, and it matches the ambiance of your gorgeous family room.
    Greg Arnett @ Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions