Friday, March 29, 2013

Christinizing the FL Home Family Room

It has been a very busy week here in Florida, I had so many boxes to open and stuff to put away and had company (John' daughter and SIL and 3 kiddos came just about 2 hrs. of our arrival and stayed for 2 nights with us), and planned a birthday party too, all at the same time. There was not time to rest. I could not sleep but I could not do too much work at night either, afraid of waking up the guests sleeping in 2 guest rooms.

Anyway, I got the house to a point where I can be comfortable. I am done with most of the house, except for pictures on the walls, which I do not have yet. But let me show you what I have done to the family room first. Understand that most of the furniture were left by the sellers and weren't my first choice of furniture but I wanted to work with them to save money. They weren't bad, just not my style and they were in perfect and clean condition. I do like the Italian leather sectional they left though cause the leather is very soft and is comfy.

I took the picture below when I was looking at the house for the first time, deciding if we want to buy it or not. My daughter and her family lives next door, which is the big bonus here. When this house went for sale, she called us and told us to come look at it and buy it. The sellers already had a cash offer by then but because they knew Tina and Scott, they agreed to wait for me to look at it before making any decisions. To make the long story short, they accepted my offer because June, the seller told me it warms her heart knowing the grandparents live next door to the grandkids.

I like how bright the room is but it seemed too cold for me.

They had the sofa pushed all the way to the back making the family room look very long and narrow. They also had the towers pushed all the way to the corners. They gave us their TV and Bose speaker system but I am still trying to figure out how to use the speakers.
 So, the first thing I did was push the sofa forward and moved the towers closer to the TV. It immediately made the room NOT look too narrow anymore. I changed the picture on the right wall and moved the palm tree picture to one of the guest rooms.

 I added more pillows and an area rug to warm up the area.
I added a wooden chest behind the sofa, which I might replace with a sofa table, eventually.
 View from the breakfast nook.
 See that huge mirror on the wall? They left that too and I still do not know what to do with it. It is just too big and too bulky. I was thinking of painting it white and distressing
 it so it would not stick out too much. What do you think?
I bought the cabinet under it from Joss & Main and I love it.
 The towers and this media cabinet were also left here. I will eventually want to replace the cabinet with a fireplace media cabinet. I think I need the height to balance the towers.

 I brought the accessories below from our MS home.
 The throw pillows and the rug make the space a lot warmer, I think. The sequined ottoman in the foreground is from One King's Lane, I think. This is the only one I forgot and was pleasantly surprised to see it when I opened the box.

 All the glass tables that you will see around the house were all left here, including this coffee table. I love the colors of this Van Gogh repro painting.
 I brought the bee burlap lamp, box and pitcher from the MS home too, bought the orchid from a roadside vendor we passed on our way here.

 I love the tray ceiling! There is one in the master bedroom too.
The family room is really comfy now.
Thank you for stopping over. Thanks to all the hostesses too!

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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looks real good Christine...I can tell your having a lot of fun! I LOVE the white buffet you bought and think the mirror would look fabulous painted!


Looks great Chris and yes, it's looking more like you now..cozy and pretty. I love the big sectional, it looks so comfy to just lie there and watch TV. Have fun!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Big improvement! You did a great job of redesigning the room.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter!

Linda said...

Hi Christine, it looks so comfy and beautiful! Fantastic job. Happy Easter.

Sarah said...

Christine, I know you are having fun giving this house the "Christine" touch. Looking good!

Marigene said...

Christine, looks like you are putting your special touch on your new home. Have a wonderful weekend.

Blondie's Journal said... have already turned your house into a home. It's all very beautiful and comfortable, the arrangement of the room is much better now. All of your accessories are beautiful and warm. I love it all!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

How wonderful, Christine! I love your Florida home. I have been gone so long I didn't know you were moving, or is this a second home for you? Either way, I'm happy that you are near your loved ones. It looks great. Very comfortable and a great sectional sofa for family gatherings.

You will continue to make it your own.



Diane said...

So excited to see the first room! I cannot believe that wonderful transformation. It looks fabulous and you definitely warmed up the room. I am looking forward to the rest of the tour!

Unknown said...

Hi Christine, just read your blog for the first time and found we are both moving to be near grandchildren. There must be a lot of grands in our shoes out here in blog land. We are moving from Seattle to Nashville to be near our 4 grandchildren. House is sold...only 3 more weeks! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your adventure...have fun! Cheryl Ann

Unknown said...

Hi Christine, just read your blog for the first time and found we are both moving to be near grandchildren. There must be a lot of grands in our shoes out here in blog land. We are moving from Seattle to Nashville to be near our 4 grandchildren. House is sold...only 3 more weeks! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your adventure...have fun! Cheryl Ann

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your home is looking more like you now..cozy and pretty. I love the big sectional, I did not know you and your family was moving to Fla. I know you will do a great job putting this all together it looks so comfy !! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.
XXOO Diane

Olga Ю said...

Christine, you are a woman-comfort. All you do is beautiful and cozy. I love your house.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your home looks lovely and very warm, with all those orange touches. Blessings!

Annesphamily said...

SO beautiful! I love that cloche with the blue bird! Enjoy your week!

Liza said...

Christine, everything is so beautiful! I love the blue decor a lot. Happy MoM.

Liz (mlc)
Liz (yacb)

Luna Miranda said...

i like the leather sectional, too...perfect for a family get-together while watching TV. have fun!

SmilingSally said...

You've been working! Perhaps if you match the mirror frame to the top of the chest below it, you'll like it better. Thanks for sharing that beautiful blue glass under the cloche.

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Busy Lady ~ great shots of your lovely home ~ Enjoy ^_^

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Looks like you have had fun changing everything around. Visiting from Blue Monday. Blessings, Debbie

Shelia said...

HI Christine! OH, your Florida home looks so pretty! You're putting your wonderful decorator's touch on it! I know you had a wonderful Easter. I'm so enjoying seeing your babies on FB!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You've done a great job already, Christine! Moving the sectional made a big difference. It looks like a very inviting room now. Love that buffet piece you bought. Maybe you could paint the mirror frame. How about making it a chalkboard if you don't like the mirror itself.


Hi Chris! How was your Easter, I'm sure great with your beautiful grands and family in the lovely new house. Have a great week. I have a couple of posts you will like, specially the one with the food!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Looking good Christine! Enjoy!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Looks so nice. Love your couch this way!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, it may not be your style, but for now it looks amazing and it is definitely inviting. You did an amazing job. I say paint the mirror, it would look wonderful. Hugs, Marty

sabri said...

Oh christine...I Really Love The Furniture Layout So Much More Now..And All Of The Spring Touches You Have Made ...Very Cute...Yes I Think The Mirror Would Be Cute Distressed..Have Fun Decorating..I Am Still Awaiting My Garden To Come And Can't Wait..:)

The French Hutch said...

It’s looking great Christine. I know you are enjoying the shopping and decorating of the new beach house. The only think better is when you get all the family there!

Have a great week.
The French Hutch

Anonymous said...

It looks wonderful Christine. I love the leather sectional. Maybe that is something we need to think about getting to replace the sofa Xanti took for their apartment.

I like your idea of painting the mirror.

Vickie H said...

You have made that room look 100% better-you have the magic touch. It looks very cosy and comfortable now.I remember when we moved a lot-I could not rest until I "made my nest". LOL.

lorik said...

Love all those orange touches! My house has lots of orange too! Thank you for sharing it on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Lady Linda said...

What a lot of work! You must be happy with your results looks so inviting and I know that's important to you.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a lovely home!

Catching up with Blue Monday.

Would love for you to link up to my Color Connection meme, it is every Friday. You can post any color that you like.


Chubby Chieque said...

wow! This look better than the old owner had their way of decorating.

Sana, one day, I can visit you there. Keep my fingers X, Ate Xine. Sana, maka-bonus ako ng malaki §:-)

Hope everyone are in the best of everything.

Hugs from Lissabon,
/Chie & Lars

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

You have done such an amazing job making this warm and inviting! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party. Pop on in and grab a Sunday Showcase feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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