First - a big thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting this twice a year event where a whole bunch of us decorators, designers, home stylists, and DIY enthusiasts pretty much hijack her website. This is my first year, second round, participating - in the spring I tackled our guest room and this go around I challenged my hubby to help me with our family room (see weeks one through five here). He played a huge part in accomplishing this room. My grand plan meant moving and concealing as many of the electronic components as possible. It was a great compromise - he assures me that one day I will come to appreciate the sound system we now have - I do believe Pitch Perfect during late night work sessions has never sounded better. This room was so much DIY and almost as much Ikea hack.
One of the ways we were able to accomplish much of the concealing was building a fake wall onto which to run cables through and to nail the barn board too. I love the barn wood. Hubby loves the barn wood. And so far those who've popped over to see love the barn wood. Having this piece of heritage in our home (see week one) is both meaningful and beautiful. It makes the space super cozy and warm. The room is also now full of furniture in a good way, artwork, blankets, pillows. This room was so much DIY and almost as much Ikea hack.The storage unit we started last winter is finally complete - now to fill it up!
We can all fit on the couch now if we want - my oldest pretty much has laid claim to the chaise - but it's plenty big enough for us to share too. Hubby can stretch out and put his feet up on the ottoman; the recovered chair and ottoman add in that additional seating for when we host and have company. There are places to set drinks and even better - lots of room to decorate for Christmas!
Many of the items on the gallery wall are new, and either from local stores and/or from local artists. I picked up a vintage license plate - about as much car paraphernalia as I'm willing to let hubs have in our home. The gym now sports some vintage looking bike posters - well wrapping paper sheets truly, but don't they fit perfect in their ribba frames?! I've intentionally left a fair bit of space on our yellow wall as I plan to hit up many of the upcoming local craft and maker markets in the next few weeks. We are also going to be getting new family photos in a few weeks so those will get added in as well. I'm particularly fond of the art work my oldest created - I asked her to paint something with mountains and her creation is beautiful.
As we head into the coldest months of the year I'm happy our family has a space to retreat to. I know we tend to watch more TV and movies in the winter as well as use our trainer and treadmill more. I feel like I've honoured my prairie roots and paid homage to our love of the mountains. Blending rustic natural materials with a few modern touches this space truly reflects us as a family.
Enough chitter chatter right! Here are the before photos as a refresher and then the new updated space. I don't think these photos do the space justice. No natural light. Me taking and editing photos late in the night. Also - I've referenced what I can.
Below: Drawer Fabric - Cotton & Steel; Framed Sunny Alberta Card - Anne Ormerod ; Posters - Children Inspire Design; Knobs - Home Depot; Paper Shelf Backing - Papyrus; Pillow Fabric - Mountains in Mustard/Enchino/Kokko fabrics