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Family Room Lighting + Refresh Reveal

November 1, 2021

Since finishing our fireplace earlier this year, we've made a few other tweaks in our family room including the addition of some accent lighting. The space FINALLY feels complete. Check it out!

When we finished our fireplace renovation in August, it really gave us an opportunity to look at the room with new eyes and evaluate what still felt a little bit off about the room.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that we decided the wall below with the tall bookshelves needed some tweaking. We LOVE these bookshelves (they were in the dining room of our last house and are now in Avery's room in our current house), but when we placed them on this wall it was right after we moved and we chose that spot for them because we really had nowhere else to put them at the time.

So we decided to move the bookshelves up to Avery's room and add long shelves to this wall. Once we removed the bookshelves, I also realized this wall needed a little something else. I suggested wallpaper, but Joe was NOT into that idea, lol. So we decided to paint it the same dark, delicious blue as our current dining room. The dark color immediately made our family room feel a bit cozier. But it also made the family room, which doesn't get a lot of bright sunlight, feel darker. This is what it looked like after we painted the wall and installed the shelves.

That brings me to the most exciting tweak we made in our family room… the addition of accent lighting! Since our family room is open to our kitchen and has 10-foot ceilings, this space never felt very cozy. The dark paint color helped, but realized we also needed some soft, ambient lighting in this room.

So we added this floor lamp in one corner of the room (this floor lamp we chose is super affordable and gorgeous–it's solid wood). I've added a smart plug to it and set it up on our Alexa routine to come on at sunset. We love the soft light it adds to this corner of the room.

You may also notice that we finally got Riggins a bed that fits him and is really pretty as well. It's from Toby & Ace. It has been hard for us to find a bed big enough for Riggins (he's 110 pounds and will probably still grow a bit more). Our Toby & Ace bed is the extra-large size and it's perfect for him. And since large dogs like Bernese Mountain dogs are prone to developing joint problems because of their large bones, we wanted a high-quality bed with memory foam. This bed had human-grade orthopedic memory foam and super comfy bolsters as well. My favorite part is that it's easy to take it apart to machine wash it! We've had it for about 5 months now and I can't say enough good things about it. It is more expensive than any dog bed we've ever had, but it's worth it and I think it will last forever. If you want one for your pup, you can save 20% by clicking here and using the code TASHA20.

We also ordered this woven basket to hide our router and various cable/internet stuff. We find that the cut-out handles allow enough ventilation for the equipment, but we could always take the lid off if we need to. And it's so gorgeous! I'd love to have it in this space even if it wasn't hiding all of our ugly equipment. It complements this larger, colorful woven basket we have next to the fireplace beautifully (ours is the XXL size).

And we added these double sconces to the wall with the shelves, which had been our plan when we decided on the length of the shelves. We chose to use round bulbs in them and are so happy with how they look on this wall.

They add such a nice, soft glow at night.

So that's it! This room finally feels truly complete and not a moment too soon. I'm so excited to decorate this space for Christmas, especially our new and improved fireplace!!!!

Before I sign off, here's a complete source list for our family room if you are looking for something :)

Family Room Source List

  • White walls: Pure-White by Sherwin-Williams
  • Dark blue wall: Gale Force by Sherwin-Williams
  • Trim & ceiling: Divine White by Sherwin-Williams
  • Multi-color woven basket

Everything else that I can find links to is shown below. Click on any image for full product details.

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  1. Teri Vapenik says:

    The family room looks great! We are in the process of doing ours now. The designer in a binder has been very helpful and when we took it to Lazy Boy to order our furniture the designer was impressed with it! She was going to give us a folder for our information, but she said ” yours is much nicer”.

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