Project Family Room: Inspiration


Now that Baby E’s nursery is complete, it’s time to move on to another room in the house. So, I’ve picked the room that needs the most help and also happens to be the room we spend the most time in… the family room.

I’m really excited about this next BIG project, mainly because I’ve struggled for years with how to decorate around the large ginormous couches taking up half the space. You see, when my husband bought these couches in his bachelor days his main criteria was comfort, not color or style. He definitely did his homework because they are probably the most comfortable couches I have ever experienced and extremely cozy (I think our little family of three plus our golden retriever could all take a nap on one couch together, they are that big) but they are just NOT MY STYLE.

Now you are probably wondering, why don’t we just sell them and buy new ones? Well, purchasing new couches isn’t our first priority right now, PLUS we think they would make excellent seating for a bonus room/man cave in our next home (we can dream). So, in the mean time I am decorating around them.

Meet the ‘Jolly Green Giants’ sitting in my family room. OK, so they really aren’t THAT bad, just nothing I would choose and I’m not really sure how to classify the style, traditional maybe? Thoughts?

Now, what I am about to show you is a little frightening (and slightly embarrassing) so please close your eyes if you need to! Here is the TV wall, eek! So BORING! I don’t know how I have lived with it like this for so long.

OK, now that we are passed that, let’s get jump into the fun stuff. How should I redecorate this room? My initial instinct was to use this color palette:

I tried it out but, it was not working for me. I think it felt too ‘safe’ for me, not to mention whenever I looked at the room all I could see were Christmas colors (I love Christmas don’t get me wrong, just not year round!).

So after a lot time on Google Image and Pinterest, I finally found my inspiration for this room. This fabric is called Tempo Mambo by P Kaufmann and my new curtains will soon be made out of it! I am in LOVE. I ordered a sample of it and it’s probably the first time I have loved a fabric more in person than online. I’m sold.

Now that I have finally found my inspiration piece, I’m ready to get started. FINALLY!!! (only took me three years). Here is what my new color scheme will be. I’m not gonna to lie, it’s a little bold for me but I took a chance using color in the nursery and loved it, so I’m ready to give it another shot.

Now for a little inspiration…

I’m loving this room off the HomeGoods homepage. Cozy, yet full of character.

I’m definitely into the teal walls and the modern vibe from

Chattafabulous, put together this really fabulous room. I love the bright white and vibrant colors.

Any one else loving this season of HGTV Design Star? I love what Karl and Kellie’s did with this room on the first episode.

Here is what I’m thinking for accessories: orange/green/white accents, Dwell Studio pillow and lots of different wood elements. I think what I’m going for is an eclectic feel with a modern twist. We’ll see what happens.

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m super excited about this project. I can’t wait to hangout in a family room that I love.

If you want to learn more about my design inspiration for this room, I have a whole board devoted to it on Pinterest! Feel free to check it out.

So, do you think I can pull this off? We shall find out :)



Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Taryn, I love the color scheme you chose. Bold is good, it makes everything feel more cheerful when used the right way. It’s going to look great!

  2. Michelle says

    Hey! I LOVE the new pattern and color scheme! I actually just go curtains that have some similar colors in them. and I LOVE that you are going more bold! Can’t wait to see the finished product

  3. Stacey says

    I’m in love with the textured pillows!! I’ve been on the hunt for some for about 6 months. My first inspiration for them was a creamy white wool one at Pottery Barn, but thought I could make them for cheaper. My biggest issue was finding ones that weren’t overly feminine and in the correct color. I finally picked a chocolate brown one up at Costco and it fits in our chair PERFECTLY. I love the fabric inspiration you chose and I’ve never shopped for fabric online so you’ve inspired me!!! It’s going to look amazing and I’m excited to see the ‘after’ pictures :) good luck!

    • Taryn says

      Thanks, Stacey! If you are still looking for more textured pillows I saw some at Target the other day that are pretty cool. Shopping for fabric online is my new addiction, there is SO much to choose from and you can generally find it discounted. I highly recommend it. But just a word of advice, always spend the $2 and order a sample first. I made that mistake when ordering fabric for the nursery, I ordered 10 yards and when it arrived the color was totally different than online. oops!


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