Thursday, January 14, 2016

Fresh Start - Coastal Inspired Family Room Updates

It seems like every January, after the house is cleared of all things Christmas, I take an inventory of what it is that's missing and scour to find the perfect additions to help complete our home.  I finally feel I really have nailed my style down, and thankfully the husband is a fan and also doesn't really care so much.  I realize that decisions made in haste, on budget, or out of necessity (ie, all the furniture we bought when we moved into our first home) aren't really items I'd use to curate a dream room or home, or just our home now ;)

You can checkout my pinterest boards to really get my vibe, but as I said a few posts back, I'm drawn to all things coastal inspired.  Not to be confused with shore house kitch.  Since our house was a Crayola box when we moved in, we quickly painted the family room BM Revere Pewter and adjoining kitchen Revere Pewter lightened to 50% strength.  After living with it for three years, it's just not the right color for the space and the light we get throughout the day.  It's a warmer gray, and seems to pull more yellow and tan under tones that I would like, it just appears dingy.  I prefer cooler shades and grays that pull icy silvers or blues.  So in an effort to brighten our dark family room, I'm hoping some paint will work magic.  After that I'd like to add some new accents to the items we already own.

We own the sectional and a similar bookcase from Joss & Main.  We recently moved our dark wood Pottery Barn coffee table to the living room, and I'm waiting for this ottoman to come back in stock.  I think it'll be a lot lighter physically for the space since it is open underneath and of course, lighter in color compared to the dark and bottom heavy table previously in the space (next to the dark graphite sofa). 

Like every other blogger, I'd love to add the ubiquitous moroccan shag rug, but have been waiting until we ditch the carpet and install hardwoods.  Lastly, I'd love to add a cozy club chair for additional seating since it's awkward for guests to all sit on the same sectional, though it is rare we have company sitting around the tv.  It would also just help balance the room conversationally.  

I already have my thrifted blue and white ginger jars on the mantle and nods to nautical with resin coral sculpture and jute rope hanging mirror.

As for paint, I've been waffling between three options.  The paint in the front of the house is BM White Water.  If I move a shade lighter on the swatch card it's Stone White.  I also like Genesis White and Marilyn's Dress (pictured above).  Looks like grabbing some samples are in store for the weekend!

Have a great weekend!

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