Challenges And New Additions To The Family Room

by Sherry
Decorating our new home is turning into quite a challenge!
I’ve never seen a house with so many weird angles,  nooks and crannies.  The family room has a full wall of windows  (soon to be French doors),  four openings into other rooms and a wall that juts strangely into the room.  This leaves very little wall space for furniture and art.
Below is my most recent attempt at arranging furniture.

Everything moved to the right side of the room.

Did you notice the new coffee table/ottoman?  It is upholstered in linen and was a great find at Tuesday Morning.  Just don’t stub your toe on the iron base…ouch!

The grain sack pillows were a trade with another vendor at The Polka Dot Flea.  She was admiring a small aubusson rug I had for sale and we did a swap for the two pillows.  I should have my new Pottery Barn rug soon and I’ll be back with pictures.

The color of the lamp shades is bugging me.  Should I replace them with white shades or with ones the
color of the ottoman?

Stay tuned.. By next week I’ll have moved the furniture once again.

I hope you have a safe and wonderful 4TH of July.


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Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} July 2, 2014 - 1:23 am

The ottoman is fabulous. Don't you just love Tuesday Morning? I am a big fan of placing a basket/tray on the ottoman/coffee table. Yours looks great. Smart move on the pillow swap! Try to hang in there, I'm sure you'll figure it all out in due time:)
xo Kathleen

Ramon Valdez July 2, 2014 - 1:32 am

Sherry your room look so fresh and gorgeous, that upholstered table is a great addition to the room, simply perfect.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style July 2, 2014 - 1:56 am

I think the natural fiber tapered drum shades from Pottery Barn would look good and they are on sale. I love your new coffee table/ottoman.

Something Nice and Pretty July 2, 2014 - 2:33 am

I'd go with the color of the ottoman for the lampshades! Really a great room, love the pillows!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky July 2, 2014 - 2:57 am

I was thinking that white shades wouldlook good because of the colors in the lamps. I love the ottoman/coffee table!

laura Madalene July 2, 2014 - 6:31 am

What a beautiful home. Those peacocks and the hydrangea lined lane are stunning. I think it's always best to follow your heart and not trends! Take care.

[email protected] July 2, 2014 - 7:15 am

Your room looks great. I love your new coffee table. So glad you are enjoying your new home.

Katie Clooney July 2, 2014 - 11:06 am

It looks great.So warm and inviting. Hope you have a great week! greatS

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions July 2, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Very pretty, Sherry! I think something in that linen color on your lampshades would look great. I had a hard time getting used to our open floor plan when we moved to our condo after having lots of walls to hang stuff on at our old house.

Gee Singh Newbanks July 2, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Takes a bit oh 'living' in a place for the furniture to fall where they should at times.
Think the lampshades would he luvly in the natural linen colour.
Hugs, Gee

Teddee Grace July 2, 2014 - 1:28 pm

White, I think.

Barbara July 2, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Sherry your room looks gorgeous! You would never know you had so many challenges architecturally in this space…you have overcome them beautifully! I think white shades would make those fabulous lamps really stand out, but no matter what you choose those lamps and this room are winners!
Happy 4th of July!!!
XO Barbara

Barbara Anne July 2, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Love your room colors and how summery it all looks.

Have you thought of spray painting your current lampshades? It's easy and if you don't like the result, you can always get new ones.

I await your new rug with interest!

Happy 4th of July to you, too!


Vikki July 2, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Everything is looking good and fresh. Could you please share with me the paint color you used in the family room?

Scribbler July 2, 2014 - 6:58 pm

I really like your lamps. I think I would use white shades, maybe a little larger than the ones there now which might call for a taller harp.

Kelly July 2, 2014 - 10:40 pm

I really like your new coffee table/ottoman! Love the new pillows you got too. The whole room has a nice Country French feel to it. I do think the lampshades would look nice if they matched the ottoman. Is it burlap?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) July 2, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Downsizing is a real challenge and finding a way to arrange furniture is a challenge too, especially when it is an open floor plan and no walls. My house is full of windows, so I don't have walls either.

[email protected] Designs July 3, 2014 - 3:30 am

So great to hear that the bank of windows will soon be french doors!….love the new coffee table/ottoman…you will probably be re-arranging the furniture many times until you feel it is perfect…yes, so hard to arrange furniture in rooms with many angles…beautiful linen shades that coordinate with the coffee table would be nice too…

Sherry @ Thrift My House July 3, 2014 - 10:51 am

You have a gorgeous room here! Love the Ottoman, so pretty and it looks perfect with your style decor. I like the lamps too, maybe a linen shade.. our Tuesday Morning closed recently, so sad! Thanks Sherry for stopping by my blog. I'm about to follow yours. Nice to meet you 🙂

[email protected] July 3, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Wow! What a great space! I love your new coffee table! Can you (pretty-please) tell me where you purchased the wicker trunks you are using as side tables? I have been searching for one exactly like these! Thank you!

Carol July 4, 2014 - 12:18 am

The room may have some oddities, but you are definitely giving it the Sherry-touch and making it beautiful. I vote for lampshades the color of the ottoman!

Kerry Gestier July 4, 2014 - 10:28 am

Sherry, what a welcoming relaxing space 🙂 Not sure of the colours in your rug which is yet to come but I note pockets of blue throughout your setting. Perhaps a blue shade picking up the vibrant hue in your painting could give the lift you desire? Cheers from Down Under and Happy 4th of July everyone *^_^*

The Polka Dot Closet July 5, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Sherry, I love misxing the white slip cover with the dark furniture. I have no idea about the lamp shades, why don't you try wrapping a white dish towel around the shade or putting a white t shirt over it…Then stand back…you will know if white is right, or a piece of linen fabric wrapped around it….so glad you are finally able to play with your decorating. bet you never noticed all of the odd angles until you started placing furniture!


jayneonweedstreet July 10, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Love your new ottoman, and I think I would go with that color for the lamp shades. You are having fun – that is the most important part!

jayneonweedstreet July 10, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Love your new ottoman, and I think I would go with that color for the lamp shades. You are having fun – that is the most important part!

Lee Dewsnap July 11, 2014 - 4:50 am

I had to giggle as I am constantly moving things around and my husband just walks in these days, looks around and goes hmmm.

Those two ceramic lamps you have are stunning, where did you get these from please? Not that I will be able to get them in NZ as I know that the electrics will be different as your voltage is different.

I think the room looks fabulous, I love the pops of colour and the many textures you have used.

Lee 🙂

Poppy July 11, 2014 - 10:23 am

Hi Sherry,

Your family room is looking fabulously refreshing and cozy with all the wonderful colours. Love the arrangement of furniture and accessories and looking forward to the master bedroom reveal!

Enjoy the grands!


Classes n Camps July 12, 2014 - 10:32 am

Wow! What A Nice Room.


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