A few months ago we decided to move our master bedroom upstairs to be closer to Evan. We had originally intended to do a guest room makeover for the spare bedroom up there but changed our minds after deciding we didn't want to be so far away from him on the first floor after he transitioned into his nursery. This also meant that our large first floor master (with the studio addition on the back), would be open to create an awesome open family room. We use our front living room nightly to relax and watch TV or entertain. However it's a little tight, especially with the coffee table. There isn't much room to spread out and it's definitely not kid friendly. So things worked out perfectly to create a family living space for Evan to play, crawl, and explore. Best part- it's the room right next to my studio addition meaning that I can work down in the studio with the door open and keep an eye on Evan at the same time- can't wait for this space to be finished!
Here is the inspiration behind the makeover and styling of this space. We have also partnered with Tiny Prints to show you a few ways to bring personalized home decor into a family friendly space! Stay tuned for the full reveal in a few weeks!
1. Bright open space- An open, not overly cluttered space is essential for kids (at least in my mind). I want to create and open space where Evan can pull out toys (or all the empty cardboard boxes since those are so much more interesting...) and just have space to be active, imaginative and creative. This living room by Sarah of Arrow & Apple is open, neutral, kid friendly and bright. I love it!
2. Kid friendly storage- Because this room is big and will likely hold lots of toys (as we accumulate them), we want to ensure that we have lots of storage that keeps things organized and tidy. Clutter makes my mind melt so having a place to stash things out of sight will be a must for this space. Due to the large space under the windows being so long, we are thinking we will likely have to build this part later in the future (keep an eye out for the DIY). In the meantime- baskets, baskets, baskets!
3. Cozy monogram throw- Is there anything better than a cozy blanket in a comfortable family friendly room? How about a personalized blanket! I love herringbone so this Tiny Prints throw blanket definitely caught my eye. A cute monogram M for our last name will make it perfect for this family centric room!
4. Pretty plants- I have to say that I am not the greenest thumb around but I am hoping that with a big open and bright space that I just might be able to keep a plant alive. We picked out a fiddle fig for the space (on the early side due to this DIY project we did last month) and believe it or not, it's still alive! A large leafy plant will definitely bring texture and happiness to this space. Now let's just hope that I can keep it alive and Evan doesn't destroy it (this thing doesn't have much hope...)!
5. Home pillow- To add another hint of personalization to this family living space, a bright and bold throw pillow with our last name makes a perfect addition to a side chair or couch. I love the colors in this graphic one by Tiny Prints as it pulls in most of the accent colors we plan to use in the room!
6. Midcentury style chair- This room will definitely have more of an eclectic feel (to keep consistent with the rest of the house), but we can't have a room without at least one piece of midcentury flare! Kiel can't get enough of those clean and sleek lines. For this room we are investing in a great MCM side chair that will be perfect for feeding sessions and double as the time out chair once the kids get older!
7. Neutral colors- While adding pops of bright colors, I want to keep the "bones" of this room more on the neutral side so that we can change up decor easily with pillows, blankets and art work. With this room being a frequently used space, it will likely see a lot of wear and tear so sprucing up small home dec items will be much easier that updating furniture pieces when we get tired of them. I love this blend of grays, navy, blues, and greens from this living room styled by Emily Henderson.