Project Family Room: Not the Update I was Hoping For

Welllllll, this wasn’t the update I was hoping to share today, but things don’t always turned out as planned. So here is the deal. I revealed here the big plans I had for the family room, which included my inspiration piece: Tempo Mambo Fabric from P Kaufmann…

Pretty, right? I even liked the sample that I received in the mail. BUT, after I ordered all the fabric and made the curtains my feelings completely changed.

I knew the whole concept for the room was a little out of my comfort zone and outside of my general decorating style, but I was ready for a change. I guess the room felt so boring to me that I felt like I needed to make a really big statement to compensate for it. So I took a big leap of faith and jumped in.

When I put up the curtains for the first time and stepped back and thought to myself… “hmmmmmmm”.  That’s never a good sign when it comes to decorating. When I’m working on a room I want each piece to give me the feeling of, “wow, I love it” or “YESSS, this is exactly what I was going for”. And, that’s NOT how I felt about these curtains…

There was just something about them them that wasn’t working for me (not to mention, the pictures don’t do them any justice). SO, later that evening my husband came home and saw the curtains for the first time. He didn’t say anything at first but later that night he casually says, ” Hey, sooooo those curtains…I really want you to complete your vision for this room (gosh I love him), BUT they just don’t seem like your style”. And this is exactly why I married him 1) he is incredibly honest 2) he knows me better than I know myself 3) he has a really good eye for design (ok, so they aren’t the ONLY reasons why I married him, but they are definitely in the top 5!).

He was right. They aren’t my style. But I had already come this far and I wanted to see if I could make it work so I left the curtains up there for the night. After the family went to sleep I found myself going downstairs multiple times just to see what my initial reaction was every time I walked into the room. Do you ever do that or am I just crazy?

I even went as far as painting big squares of the potential teal paint for the walls to see if I liked the curtains any better…

Nope. Not event close. So the next morning I knew what I had to do. My original idea for the family room was officially scrapped. Done. Gone. Banished. Dunzo. You get the point.

I think the board I put together on Pinterest is still cool and could definitely work in the right house, but just not mine. The main things that didn’t work for me 1) the print was way too busy and didn’t work well with the rest of the house 2) the teal walls were going to make a small space feel even smaller 3) it was just plain not ME.

If you decide to visit me on Pinterest, you will also find that I started a new board for Family Room Inspiration: Round 2 and I am already loving this look SO much more. You know when you are going the right direction when things just fall right into place. :)

So this time around projects will be happening a lot faster. I promise.

Have you ever started a big project that you eventually scrapped and went an entirely different direction?


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. Stacey says

    This post cracks me up. I can’t say I’ve ever started a big project and never finished, but I’ve definitely thought of starting it and decided ‘no, I don’t think I can live with that!’ I’m with you on the curtains, the fabric is quite amazing, but very busy…Are you going to do all the walls the same color or accent walls at all? That was the first thing that came to mind with the teal wall color you were going to use. I don’t know what the room is like and if it can handle (?) an accent wall. Just a thought!

    LOVE the new concept for round two :) When you make the pillow, I hope you post a how-to on here because I have fabric for 2 pillows that I want to do that with, but I’ve been putting it off because I don’t know what I’m getting into :) I love the color concept and it totally reminded me of my inspiration from PB for my guest bedroom! I’ll have to send it to you (somehow)!!

  2. says

    I love this post…so honest. You poor thing that you purchased all that fabric! I’m actually doing my sisters family room just that same fabric for pillows only though. Can’t wait to see your finished room part II =)

    • says

      You are so sweet, thanks so much for the note! I still like the fabric and I’m actually thinking about using some of it for pillows in the new room :)


  1. […] I’m definitely on a roll with the family room redo and I’m getting excited about it! There is seriously nothing better than the feeling of finally seeing your vision come together. For those of you who are new around here, I’ve been struggling with my family room for quite some time. I tried to get out of my comfort zone and try a new bold design with lots of color, but that was a total fail (you can read about that here). […]

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