My Family Room Inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

Okay, this week I’m showing you the after’s of the family room in this months colour issue of Style at Home, it’s really fun to see the transformation!

My Family Room Inside Style at Home

Here is what the drywall return doorways were like! These angled corners, had to go!! The adjoining family room was too narrow to make opening up this entire wall practical but we definitely opened it up twice as much.

Before - Family room


My Family Room Inside Style at Home

Photography by Tracey Ayton

The console table is from Chintz and Co. This throw from the Pottery Barn.

Before we took Possession

This was the real estate photo – before we took possession.

Family room before

You can see that the colour went from a blue grey to a white/greige. It’s Rice Paper by Cloverdale Paint.

I always specify an eggshell finish because I like a little sheen on the walls.

One of the painters from Pure Painters told me that the eggshell finish from Cloverdale Paint was his favourite.

Maria's Family Room

Since this was where the television would be, I decided that the style of sofa I was looking for was very similar to the KIVIK from IKEA so I bought it thinking it was nice not to have to wait to sit on furniture in here since we were without a kitchen when we first moved in.

Well, just in case you’re considering this style, DON’T. It’s like sitting on a board. The EKTORP, like the one my sister has, is very comfortable and perfect for her family room. This one, not so much.

I just ordered a new sofa yesterday to replace it so I’ll show you when it arrives in a couple months.

Vignette on my Mantle

Here’s a close up of my mantle, I love the colourful artwork. More from this artist can be found here.

Eames Lounger

Terreeia and I found this little piece of art a few years ago when we took a day trip to Toronto Centre Island. I love how the single flower looks like it’s forging ahead, no matter what, haha.

before family room Before

And here are my angel nephews William (left) and Markus (right) doing a happy dance to the musical walking bunny on the day we took possession.

Maria's Family Room After

The lamp on the console is Ralph Lauren and the floor lamp is from the Pottery Barn. I have specified it a few times in consultations I love it so much.

Okay, a little test for all you True Colour Experts out there, what’s the undertone of my drapery and area rug?

PS. You’ll see my raspberry drapes in the living room very soon!

Related posts:

My White Kitchen Inside Style at Home (including the before’s)

Cloverdale Paint Party on Elizabeth Avenue

Family Room Bookshelves in Progress

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  1. Maria, your house is just beautiful. So fresh and cheerful and well coordinated, full of complementary details that give it a cohesive look. I like how the color of the vase in the picture above the recliner echoes the cognac color–a really nice touch considering that cognac is not a major color in your house.

    I’m no expert, but on my monitor I see yellow in the rug and gray in the curtains.

  2. Maria, Where did you find the picture of the woman? I have been looking for a similar picture for my client to put in her bathroom. Do you mind sharing?

    I too would say the undertones in the rug are yellow. It is so hard to see on the computer.

  3. Hi Maria..It’s all so colorful and pretty!! Is the yellow sofa in another room…? Can’t wait to see the raspberry drapes!! Will they be in this room??
    I have some catching up to do…I’m livening up my gray and white living room with yellow and a little raspberry! Loving it!

  4. Love your non symmetrical mantle-scape! Its very nicely done. I remember you once said that if its difficult to tell what the undertone is w gray then its prob green…guess that applies to beige also. I guessed the rug was greenish but the drapery was harder to tell. Daring choice white as much as i love it. I cant do it w a beagle and carpenter boyfriend…have to reupholster my sofa in navy. Even slips would need cleaning every month. Oh well. Design must follow function. Good job overall

  5. This room invites one to relax. Thanks for the comments re the IKEA sofa. In my monitor, the curtains look lavenderish and the carpet greenish. The touches of orange are brilliant!

  6. Maria, Just wondering if the brown leather recliner is an Eames Reproduction from Kardiel? If so, how do you think the quality and comfort compares to an original Eames? I’m looking for one that is comfortable and well built without the price of an original.