New Home Tour: Family Room and Kitchen

I’m continuing with my New Home Tour this week. So far, I’ve given you a peak at the basement, all the sweet little details of the nursery and the cuteness of the girls’ room, as well as the upstairs sitting room and master bed/bath, aka “The Master Suite.” I welcomed you into our home through the front door, showing you the entryway and dining room, so now let’s check out the family room and kitchen. I added a little touch of autumn decor because I love all things fall! The kids are ready to cover the house with Halloween decorations, but they’ll just have to wait until October before we put out all the black and orange. Sorry kids!

New Home Tour: The Basement

New Home Tour: Nursery

New Home Tour: The Girls’ Room

New Home Tour: Master Suite

New Home Tour: Entryway and Dining Room

New Home Tour: Family Room and Kitchen

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Welcome to the heart of our home, the family room and kitchen. This is where our family spends most of our time, lounging around, reading books, watching movies, and of course, cooking and eating. None of the houses we’ve lived in have had this open concept. I must say, I love the convenience and practicality of this layout. The biggest dilemma we had when we first moved in was whether or not we should put our  television in the family room. In our previous home, we had a TV in the basement and in our first floor master bedroom. It was difficult to keep tabs on what the children were watching and how long they were watching it. So far, I like having the TV here in the middle of everything. Now that it’s football season, the boys can watch the game up in the sitting room while the girls hang here to watch a movie together. It works!

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Back at it again with the white built-ins! I cannot express how much of a selling point this was for us. When you’re searching for a bigger home for your big-ish family, built-ins aren’t just a nice feature, they’re a huge money saver. Think of all the furniture we didn’t have to purchase because of the three built-ins in this home! I’m so grateful, once again, for the previous owners’ attention to detail.

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We received so many thoughtful cards and notes from friends when we left Northern Virginia. I keep them in the little tin bucket you see there on the bottom shelf of the end table in the family room as a reminder of all the love and friendship we left behind. {insert crying emojis}

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I just had to share a photo of these coasters I gave The Hubs for his birthday last January. Every time we have company they have a little chuckle when they see our “East Coasters” on our side table. Other regions available!

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I rescued this statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from a shelf at Homegoods for $15.00! I grew up with sacred images and statues in my parents’ home, as did The Hubs. I don’t think he could ever top this story, though. It’s all about keeping reminders of Our Lord and Our Lady’s presence in our Domestic Church.

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This statue of Our Lady was a wedding gift that I have always thought of as such a graceful and feminine representation of Mary. The Sacred and Immaculate hearts were a housewarming gift from a dear friend here in Indiana. Aren’t they gorgeous? In those moments when mothering with love is difficult, this little corner of our home serves as a visual reminder of who I’m striving to be.

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I mentioned this in my sitting room post, but it bears repeating: The two couches, armchair, and ottoman were all purchased from the previous owners of our home. The upholstery is in great shape and we are happy with the neutral color. Most importantly, they’re comfortable! We feel very blessed that they gave us such a good price on these pieces. We sure did need them and are putting them to good use.

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The shelves in the family room built-ins are a focal point in this open space. After looking at them everyday, several times a day for a couple of weeks, all I could picture was wallpaper. I borrowed some wallpaper books from our local Sherwin-Williams store but I just couldn’t justify the purchase cost, the cost of labor, and worrying about whether I would still like the pattern and color within a couple of years. The Hubs found a company that prints wallpaper that you can apply yourself and remove yourself. They even have options for designing your own pattern, or the option to change the color of one of the patterns they sell. Tempaper Designs took the color I wanted and an example pattern to create the grasscloth pattern that I liked in my color. I received a mock-up from their graphic designer via email as well as a sample in the mail. As soon as I approved the sample, they printed and mailed the wallpaper via Fed-Ex. It took me thirty minutes to hang the Tempaper! I absolutely love how it looks. I also love that I will be able to change it out if I ever get tired of it without breaking the bank. {Tempaper did not sponsor this post. I just loved working with them and I love how it turned out, so I want to spread the word!}

This is the view of the sunken patio from the family room. I cleaned up the beds down there, perhaps too soon, so it’s looking a little sparse compared to how full and lush it was in June. I have some plans for it in the springtime!

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This is the view of the kitchen from the family room. Top on my list of things I want to change: The light fixtures over the island. I’m thinking something like this.

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I also want to paint the chairs at our kitchen table. What color do you think I should choose? I’m leaning toward French Linen.

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Over the summer, while my brother-in-law was in town, he and The Hubs made two leaves to place on top of our old table. We desperately needed more space at our kitchen table, but we just didn’t feel like it was necessary to buy a new one. The advantage of having two leaves is that if we ever want the table small again (haven’t taken the leaves off the table yet!) then we can easily store them in two pieces. The table is 8′ x 4′ now, allowing us to seat twelve. I think we’re all enjoying the elbow room that the leaves provide. I found the oil cloth in the fabrics by the yard at Hobby Lobby. It is a thin oil cloth that you would use to sew a rain coat, so it is machine washable. Score!

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This is what the table looks like under the cloth…

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Looking at this photo of the kitchen, the first thing that comes to mind is, “That’s a lotta brown!” The second, “I wish it was always this clean, but, people live here.” The third, “How do I break up all this brown?” Rugs? Pops of color with a few decorative items on the island? Hang something above the pantry door? I think eventually we’ll get a couple of runners, one by the sink and one by my command center. When it comes to decorating, one thing is for sure: It’s a process. There is no hurry. The key is to take your time and enjoy the process, a process that sometimes requires patience and restraint — not my specialties.

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My favorite feature in our kitchen is the window. I love seeing the pretty tree line and a slice of Indiana sky while I’m doing dishes. The big windowsill is the perfect spot for our statue of St. Joseph, the guy who got us here in the first place! I thank him daily for all the ways he has interceded for our family on this journey to heaven.

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This is what I like to call “Mom’s Command Center.” I was originally going to make this my baking counter, but I just don’t do enough baking to sacrifice all that precious real estate!

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Everything the children need to complete their homework and school projects as well as make homemade cards is here. I also have some crafting items stored here. The drawer on the left is filled with office supplies and the drawer on the right is my junk drawer. I go through it every once in a while and throw away the stuff I don’t need and put away the rest. I really like having a place where I can dump little odds and ends when people are coming over or when I just can’t take another second of the clutter!

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Just through the door on the left is the basement entry, the front door, and the stairs. Through the door on the right is the dining room. Excellent layout, super practical for our family.

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The back of the house gets the afternoon sun, so we had to purchase black-out curtains to save our floors and furniture from fading. Thankfully, every August, JC Penney’s has a big drapery sale, so I was able to purchase six blackout panels at a great price. The tricky part was finding a rod long enough to extend over both windows in the family room — fourteen feet. I was able to find some really nice drapery hardware on sale on line and I’m really happy with it.

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The last feature I’d like to share with you is the transom window between the two pillars that divide the kitchen from the family room. It’s difficult to see in the picture and in real life, but there is actual glass up there. Interesting, isn’t it? I can picture the kids wanting to tape some birthday decorations up there at some point. We’ll see what they come up with.

So that’s it! I hope you’ve found some inspiration from this post. If you’d like to see a quick live tour, check out my Instagram Stories! The icon at the top of this blog page will take you straight there. See you next week with a quick tour of the guest room and guest bathroom. I might also throw in the laundry room as well, since they’re right next to each other.

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2 Responses to New Home Tour: Family Room and Kitchen

  1. Looks beautiful, Mary! I like the color you chose for the kitchen chairs! What about a bright patterned tablecloth, curtain valance, colored ceramic fruit bowl on the island for adding color?
    Also, until you get your new light fixtures, yours look the kind they sell at lowes where just the glass part unscrews… They have all different glass parts they sell individually for around $10 each. We had red ones in our home when we moved in and I found pretty Mercury glass ones to switch out. I spent $20 and never had to touch the wiring! It’s a good temporary fix until you buy the ones you really want!
    I bet you can’t wait to decorate that family room for fall!
    Xo

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