Family Room Update

Yesterday marked 4 months living in our new house. Not one room is finished and the list of projects on our list endless, but it already feels like home despite the fact that it’s a work in progress. If you couldn’t tell already, I love our house. I’m so happy we made this move. And I can’t wait to see how it comes together!

Our family room is the closest room to being done. We have some finishing touches that still need to go in (like textured wallpaper, a chair, a side table, some plants, etc), but I wanted to show you phase 1 because it’s feeling so happy and cozy. If you remember, Modsy designed the space back in September and it turned out even better than I could have imagined from the renderings.

I love the soft colors and the bright sunlight that shines through the windows on sunny days. I love the addition of pink and brass accents which really warm up the space. Blue and white is my default, but adding in some warmth made a big difference in here.

Investing in a great sectional was clutch. I know a lot of you have had issues with Pottery Barn taking a long time to deliver furniture (we did too), but this one was worth the wait. It’s so comfy and can fit the whole family for movie nights, including Bootsie!

The other large addition to the room is the entertainment system (gifted from Crate & Barrel). We really wanted to do built-ins along that wall but it wasn’t in our budget, so when our Modsy designer suggested this shelving situation, it felt like the perfect solution. I really wanted both hidden storage and a place to display family photos and our knick-knacks in this room that we use so often. And this system fits it all perfectly.

And just a random thought because once I saw it, I couldn’t unsee it… The sectional is supposed to be on the carpet, but I think it scooted off during a particularly intense tickle war earlier this week. I somehow didn’t notice that while we were shooting but now it’s driving me insane…. Had to mention that, ok now I feel better!

Scroll to the bottom of the post for all product details.

What still needs to be done

Wallpaper: My goal is to make decisions for this house that we will still love 10+ years from now so I’m trying to be very mindful of each and every choice. Even though it wasn’t in the original design, I think this room needs a little more depth and texture, so I’m on the hunt for a perfect neutral textured wallpaper. My top contenders are grasscloth and basketweave. If you have any recommendations, I’m all ears.

Side Table: We need a table on the left side of the sectional, where the garden stool is now. The West Elm table from the original design is beautiful but after some thought, we want something that’s a little more kid-friendly so we’re still on the hunt.

Fireplace: We need to change out the stone in front of the fireplace and I’d like to build out a more substantial mantel one day. And I think the art over the mantel needs to change. I want to move the Gray Malin photograph (gifted) to the right of the door to the room (not pictured here, but it’s to the right of the big round mirror). For now, I put 3 large ginger jars in the fireplace for decor since we don’t use this one. But I am trying to think about what to do for design there too.

If it feels randomly placed in the room, that’s because it was originally in the middle of a larger room. The developers that flipped the house put up a wall that created my home office, so the placement of the fireplace doesn’t really make all that much sense visually anymore. TBD what we’ll end up doing with it long-term.

Chair: You can see in the renderings below that there is a plan to add a swivel chair to the left of the couch. When they suggested a pink velvet one I thought Anel would laugh the idea down but he’s into it so after we live like this for a few months to see if we need the extra space, we’ll make a final call on that.

Plant: We need something living in here so I want to put a plant either behind the aforementioned side table or where Bootsie’s basket of toys lives now.

Before / Rendering / After Photos

The right side of the room…

And the left side of the room…

More Photos

Product details

Crate & Barrel entertainment system (gifted)
Pottery Barn sectional (Performance Slub Light Grey)
CB2 flushmount light
Ralph Lauren rug via Home Goods (sadly, not online)
West Elm curtains
Crate & Barrel curtain rods
Pottery Barn Basket
Gray Malin Photograph (gifted)
Joss & Main mirror
Serena & Lily blue and white pillow (gifted)
Caitlin Wilson Design pink patterned pillow
Caitlin Wilson Design blue and white patterned pillows
Light blue pillows (Old from Serena & Lily, no longer available)
Chappywrap herringbone blanket (gifted)
Old West Elm ottoman (no longer available)
Old mirrors (next to windows) that we painted in white high gloss paint. They used to be brass!
Blue and white chevron frame (bought locally but this one is pretty much identical)
Silver braided picture frame
Blue frames with white borders (I have 2 8×10 and one 5×7)
Small silver frame

PS Use code JULIA20 on Modsy for 20% off classic and premium packages until 2/1/20! This post is not sponsored by Modsy but the original post here was. Crate & Barrel generously gifted us the entertainment center. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

Photos by Julia Dags.

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  1. Jenny said:

    Your house is lovely! You are doing a really good job picking the details.

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thanks so much, Jenny! It’s been so much fun 🙂

      1.10.20 · Reply
  2. Geri said:

    Love the details! Where are the light blue pillows from?

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thank you! They are Serena & Lily but sadly sold out online. I believe they have them in stores though.

      1.10.20 · Reply
  3. Katy said:

    Beautiful! I love the soft palate of colors. I am a blue and white gal myself! When the time comes for spending money on it, another idea could be to remove/close in the fire place. Since it’s not a focal point of the room? Looking forward to seeing your beautiful home come together the way you have planned. Decorating is such a fun process, enjoy!

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      That’s what I’m thinking too. It doesn’t really fit in this space and we really only use the other fire place in our living room so down the line I think that’s probably the best option!

      1.10.20 · Reply
  4. Teal said:

    Hi Julia, check out shellypaint on insta….she does amazing painting. Has done walls and floors for my sister. Grasscloth look without the price. She so nice too. Good luck. Xox. Teal

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I just spent 20 minutes looking through her feed. OMG… this woman is incredible! I’m reaching out to her now. Thanks for the tip!

      1.10.20 · Reply
  5. Christina said:

    If I missed it – apologies – but can you tell us about your gorgeous rug? Thanks!

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      If you scroll down on the post you can see all of the product details in a list! The rug is a Ralph Lauren rug that I found at Home Goods but it’s not online, sadly. That said, they carry it at a bunch of HG around the country if you want to look for it!

      1.10.20 · Reply
  6. Anna said:

    This room looks so beautiful and cozy all at once! I love all your Gray Malin pieces and am looking to invest in one myself but having a tough time deciding on what size to get. What size is the one that you have hanging here?

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thank you so much! I love the oversized prints (although $$$). This is the middle size, 24×36 plus matting and a frame. They did the framing.

      1.10.20 · Reply
  7. Rachel said:

    I love your home! It feels so calm and clean and your color palate is like a breath of fresh air. My suggestion would be to swap the Gray Malin with the round mirror over the fireplace. Can’t wait to see more reveals!

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I tried the round mirror there but it was too big! I might have to find another mirror that fits, thought. Good call!

      1.19.20 · Reply
  8. Amy said:

    Can I just offer a maybe temporary suggestion for the fireplace? Paint the mantle and surround darker and then move the basket you have to the other side and hang a larger piece of artwork or the mirror and I think it will look more prominent and balanced.

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Love that idea. I’m going to play around with it, thanks!

      1.19.20 · Reply
  9. Dad said:

    You need an ottoman!

    1.10.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Ok, dad 🙂

      1.10.20 · Reply
  10. Kelly said:

    That entertainment center grounds the space perfectly! This room looks great, I don’t think you need wallpaper!!!

    1.11.20 · Reply
  11. Jenn Lake said:

    LOVE seeing all of the progress! Yay!!!

    1.13.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thanks again for the intro, lady 🙂

      1.19.20 · Reply
  12. Amy said:

    Hi Julia! This is gorgeous! Where is your ottoman from? Thank you.

    1.13.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      There is a list at the bottom of the post with all sources. The ottoman, sadly, is no longer available online, but it’s from West Elm.

      1.13.20 · Reply
  13. Katie said:

    Love your family room so far- it looks so light and airy!


    1.17.20 · Reply
  14. Rachel said:

    Hi Julia, Which slub fabric did you use for your sectional? I was leaning toward performance linen in oatmeal before I saw your post and now I’m torn. You’ve done a beautiful job!

    5.2.20 · Reply
  15. Shannon Polls said:

    Hi! I love your home!
    Can you share with us the wall paint color and trim color? Thank you!

    5.11.20 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Everything is Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White! The trim is gloss and the walls are eggshell.

      5.12.20 · Reply
  16. Lauren said:

    I know this is a year later but noticed the geode. It’s beautiful. Do you mind sharing where you found it. Also congrats on little Luca. He is absolutely adorable.

    5.20.21 · Reply