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Family Room decor with Ikea VITTSJO bookcases at TidyMom.net

I’m so excited to share my family room makeover progress with you!!  We moved last June after being in the same house for 16 years, and I knew the family room was the first room I wanted to decorate!  It’s the center of the house, and the first room you see when you walk in the front door.

We started with paint, and oh my did I fall in LOVE.  We painted the walls Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray to go with my Martha Stewart Saybridge Sofas  I had bought before we moved.  

Gray Martha Stewart Saybridge Tufted Sofa at TidyMom.net

You might remember, Jess from Four Generations One Roof has been helping me virtually with Family Room decor ideas and inspiration.  In my last update, I showed you the beautiful vintage buffet turned media cabinet I bought.  The piece was perfect since I knew I didn’t want a big massive entertainment center, but I didn’t know what to do with the rest of the wall.  Jess suggested metal and glass bookcases on each side, since I already had a lot of wood, and I could place a chair in front of the one down by the fireplace.  

Gray Family Room makeover at TidyMom.net

We decided the IKEA VITTSJÖ shelving units would be perfect!!  We originally thought I would pain them gold, but once I had them in the room, I decided I like the black…..for now any way.  

**note, the closest IKEA to St. Louis is 6 hours away, so I used Expedite STL to get my bookcases.  If you’re in the St. Louis area I totally recommend using them!  It’s a business owned by a St. Louis couple, who drives up to Chicago once a month to IKEA and will pick up what ever you want and bring it back for you – you pay a small delivery fee and pick it up at their home!  It was WAY cheaper than paying IKEA freight charges (which would have been more than the shelves cost).

Family Room makeover decor at TidyMom.net

I’ve been slowly trying to fill the shelves.   Steve is thrilled that I asked if I could display his deer antlers.  

Family Room decor with Ikea VITTSJO bookcases at TidyMom.net

I shopped the house for much of it but I have picked up a few things  here and there. 

Family Room decor with Ikea VITTSJO bookcases at TidyMom.net
Sources:  (If it’s not in this list, then I’ve already owned it for a few years)

Martha Stewart Saybridge Sofa – Macy’s

Paint: Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray

 Peacock Blue Chair – Home Decorators

 vintage buffet turned media center – The White Rabbit 

Antlers (over fireplace) – The White Rabbit

White Garden Stool – Ballard Designs

floor lamp – Ballard Designs

Bookcases – Ikea

Wall Art (over sofa)  – Weekends Only

Floral Pillows – World Market

White Pillow – Pier One

all other pillows, gold storage boxes, love sign – Home Goods

Angle Wings –  The White Rabbit 

Yellow Clock – World Market

Insect Wall Tiles , scalloped frame, footed glass bowl with filler, yellow vases, lamp shade, deer head, gray baskets – Target


I can’t get over what a little paint, a few new pieces of furniture and accessories can do to a room!  Look at the difference we’ve made already!

Family Room makeover progress at TidyMom.net

 What’s left to do?

Walls –  I need something over the TV, and I’m not sure I want to keep the mirror over the love seat or the large art over the big sofa

floor – ideally, I would like wood floors with a rug, but until that happens, I’d be happy with a pretty rug over the carpet

tables – for now, the coffee table and end table are staying, until I can find something I love.

brown chair & ottoman – I originally wanted to replace these, but it’s a super comfy chair, and it’s also where I sit when I watch TV.  So, for now, it’s staying until I find a fabulous replacement.

pillows – I’d like to make some new covers for some of the throw pillows – there is too much yellow there, and too many pillows lol

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. What an amazing transformation, Cheryl! I love all your trendy décor pieces and the color on the walls is so soothing and airy! So beautiful…

  2. Wow! Your living room looks GREAT! I love those shelves. They look so clean. Thanks for the party. Have a great weekend.

  3. Love your makeover! The blue chair just pops in the room…looks amazing along with all the eclectic mix of accents! I want to redo my family room as well, but it is such a big undertaking to start from scratch!

  4. Wow Cheryl!! What a fabulous transformation!
    But, as beautiful as it looks, your room also looks comfy and perfect for entertaining and hanging out.

    Best wishes for a weekend filled with extraordinary moments.

  5. Thanks so much for the party Cheryl! You living room looks great and I am so envious of your organized garage!! Happy Spring!

  6. Thank you for the party, Cheryl!!!

    – Brooke –

  7. I’m LOVIN it!!!! 🙂 I will never be sick of you 🙂 hehe. My fav picture is the up close blue chair with the shelving behind it. Love it!

  8. Thank you for hosting another great party, Cheryl!

  9. Oh wow. Love the light airiness the shelves offer by not overpowering the rest of the room. Great choice! Our Ikea is 4 hours each way, so I never get up there. I totally get it. Poor us right? Must say, the media center piece is a stunner!!!! So, so pretty. Congrats on the beautiful room. Enjoy!

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  11. I would love to know where you got the curtains.

  12. Thank you so much for hosting Cheryl! Your living room looks stunning and I love that blue chair by the TV! Love your organized garage too! Happy Spring! Angie xo

  13. Cheryl, I’m in love with your family room! I always thought grey would look drab but it is so bright and cheerful in your room! I’m hoping to redo my living room in the next few months and may have to rethink my color choices! If only you could just do it all for me!

  14. You’ve done a great job with this room! I’m on my way to check out some of your resources 🙂 Have a great day!

  15. Love the makeover. Y’all did a great job.

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  17. You had me as soon as I saw yellow and grey. My favourite! Great job.

  18. I love how it turned out. My favorite is the mirror above the couch (uh, and the grey wall color) and the antlers. It’s such a great collection of textures.

  19. fabulous makeover! I need your help 🙂

  20. Have you considered contacting an Uppercase Living rep to get some ideas for above your television? An adorable quote would work well there :). Great job so far!!!

  21. It looks like a totally different room! Great job!

  22. I love the artwork above your couch – yellow and gray are such a great color combo. Thanks for hosting 🙂

  23. I can only say WOW!!!!!

  24. Hey! Visiting from the Link Party Palooza! What a huge difference. I love the bookshelves. Just started following and pinned the pic!

  25. All your hard work looks absolutely beautiful. enjoy creating wonderful memories

  26. What a fun makeover! love it!

  27. Amazing and beautiful!! I love all the decorations on the shelves and the shelves themselves. You did an amazing job!!

  28. Wow Cheryl it looks gorgeous!

  29. Cheryl I love the wall color, accents & well everything! Thanks so much for a great party- xo

  30. All looks wonderful with the makeover except the white piece holding the tv sticks out.I would think to color it black to match the Ikea shelves.

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  33. cheryl, so very excited to see that you have one of my licensed reproduction prints from HomeGoods {Love with your Whole Heart}! If you’d like a hand painted original, just let me know!

    LOVE your family room! It’s such a great space!

    xoxo – kristi

  34. CHERYL!!!! it’s all beautiful! I love all your accessories & the colors. So peaceful. I too, love the close up with the blue chair & the shelves in the back ground. So pretty!

  35. This looks so lovely…great work! It’s really amazing how versatile many of IKEA’s shelving units are. Also, love your West Elm scribble curtains. We have the exact same ones in our family room. 😉

  36. Great shelf styling.

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  39. I think the room looks great, Cheryl. Every element blends with the rest and the room looks very cosy. I always thought makeovers like these could be accomplished by a pro, but you proved me wrong.

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