Family Room Before and After

My good friend, Heidi, was looking to update to her family room.  She has lived in her house for eight years and felt like it was time for a new look.  I love re-doing a room, so when she asked me to help out with the update, I was more than happy to assist!

Over the years, the shelves got a little tired and cluttered looking.  The first move was clearing off the shelves, giving me a clean slate to work with.  Photo albums were removed.  New photo’s were placed in the picture frames. And a few new items were purchased to freshen up the look.  Here is the before picture…

And the after….

And a few close ups…

Mantle Before

Mantle After

In a nutshell, this is what I did to update the shelves….

* Remove all of the photo albums. They were placed in the larger baskets in the bottom shelves * Four matching baskets placed across the top shelves for a unified, clean look. * Pictures were updated in all of the frames * Small, simple vignettes were created on each shelf with just a few items to minimize a cluttered look. *  A few new items were purchased for the update – white enamel pitcher with flowers, vases with rocks, moss and flowers, metal buckets with faux green grass (and a new tv, which wasn’t necessary but sure looks great!).*

And now onto the couches….

The old couches were a special order item several years ago.  Heidi didn’t love them from the start, but being that they were special order, the couches weren’t able to be returned. So this update has been a long time coming!


The leather couch is still a family favorite, so Heidi selected chocolate colored couches that would coordinate with the leather couch and ottoman.   The new chair and love seat create a more unified look to their family room.

The floral chair was replaced with a chocolate microfiber covered chair.    The black end table was switched out for a cream colored one that was in another corner of the room.

The salmon colored love seat was replaced with a love seat in a chocolate microfiber.  A variety of white cotton pillows were purchased on Etsy. And a coordinating pair of powder blue pillows add color and variety with their different shapes.

Now that the couches are in and the shelves are redecorated, Heidi and her family think the end result was well worth the wait!


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  1. Excellent re-do. You will definitely get a lot of enjoyment from your “new” room!


  2. So elegant! Great job, Jen 🙂

  3. wow! what a difference! i love the cleaner looking built ins and the blue/brown combo. that’s what i’ve got in my living room, too.

  4. It looks great! Come do mine? I just needs new paint and, well, furniture. Sigh. Love the new look here!

  5. Love the after! I would love if you linked up to my little party:

    Hope to see you there!

  6. So beautiful! Simple changes made a huge difference! Love the unified basket look–I’m going to have to try that in my bookcases!

  7. Absolutely beautiful! You did a great job on the makeover!

    Thanks so much for stopping by to link up for this weeks party!


  8. You did an amazing job helping your friend transform that space! It looks just gorgeous and the shelves are so much more streamlined. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  9. Really nice! I love how you simplified everything with such clean lines. Very pretty.

  10. Lookks great Jen, you did such a great job!!! Not sure how I found your blog but looking forward to following along! You and your hubs are just too cute. Have a great weekend.

  11. What a great friend you are! I really like all your changes and improvements/updates.
    I’m your newest follower and hope you’ll stop by for a visit.
    Mary Alice

  12. It’s incredible!! Stopping over via the blog hop! So nice to meet you! New follower 🙂


  13. The bookcases look amazing, such beautiful vignettes. YOur new couches are wonderful also and they really tie the room together. Love that you added touches of white to keep it light and bright. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  14. The update looks really nice. Those builtin bookcases are so nice. I’ve always wanted some just like them. Thanks for linking up over at SweetTalkin’ Sunday!

  15. I think the update to your living room looks wonderful! I love your color choices and your built-in bookcases. I am pinning this for inspiration:)

  16. You did a fabulous job of editing the bookshelves! The whole room looks so fresh and modern now. You have a great eye for design.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  17. Less is more. Nice job on the bookshelves.

  18. Love your room makeover. The shelves have really perked up with a good redo. Your new couches are so pretty, and I do like better. Great vignette, the room looks really nice. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best!

  19. I’m so glad everyone at the Show & Tell party will get to see this beautiful room…and your talent!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  20. Looked good before, but when you have two working on a project…VERY welcoming. Nice job ladies.

  21. Oh wow,..looks gorgeous now. I love the lighting – so chic. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

  22. I love what you did – just the right amount of “freshening up” without imposing your own “vision” on the room and stripping it of all of the owners’ personality. I am confused, though. The chair and couch/loveseat (?) look like the same furniture shapes in the before and after photos, but covered in a different material. Did I miss something? Did you have the special-ordered furniture from years ago reupholstered, or have custom slipcovers made??? Or did the owners buy a new couch/loveseat and chair and junk the former furniture?

  23. LOVE this makeover Jen! The built in bookcases look fantastic and lovin’ the new couches. GREAT JOB girl. And thanks for linking up this week!

  24. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful room at Fabulous Friday.

  25. Great job on the room makeover! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  26. Oh my goodness. I can’t get over those bookshelves now. They look amazing. Although I thought the before looked pretty good too. But I love all the black accents now! Great job! And the couches look so much more cohesive with the room! Great job!

  27. well done! so fresh and crisp & light! love it!


  28. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What a lovely room! And I love your bookcases!

  29. Featured you tonight!

  30. You’ve got the redecorating touch – it turned out wonderful, you must love it! This project would be perfect for our new linky party featuring “Transformations” called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

    -Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

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