When we moved into our new house this past summer I was so excited to have more space and new rooms to decorate.  But when it comes to a full room make over and decorating I could use a little help.  There are some wickedly talented home bloggers who can do this stuff in their sleep.  

So my first thought was to ask my friend, DIYer and designer Jessica of Four Generations One Roof if she could help guide me a little with our family room makeover.  If you don’t know Jess, she’s such a hoot, and lives, and you might guess, in a multigenerational home.  The family, ranging in ages from 5 to 85, not only live together but love to  DIY together. Jess shares family stories, Do-It-Yourself projects, room makeovers, project/craft tutorials and a little bit of the chaos of what it’s like having four generations all living under one roof………

Four Generations One Roof Family picture

Jess is used to being the one in charge, so I’m going to let her take it from here…………….

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Hi everyone! I am Jessica from Four Generations One Roof. I was thrilled when Cheryl asked me if I wanted to collaborate with her on her “new” family room makeover. Honestly, I was kind of flattered. I told her she might regret getting me involved as we DIY everything in our home. She said, “my husband might regret it but not me!” So lets get started shall we?

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As I’m sure most of you know, Cheryl and her family moved into this home just before the summer. Cheryl purchased these beautiful tufted sofa’s that were in her previous home and they now fit nicely in this corner. The walls are a dark beige that were painted by the previous home owner. Cheryl agrees that the room needs to be lightened up and the quickest way to do that is with a fresh coat of paint.

The first thing I asked Cheryl was, “is your husband handy, like, can he swing a hammer?” She said, “oh yes!” That was all I needed to know! 

Meet Steve, Cheryl’s cute husband.


The poor man has no idea what he got himself into…….

Cheryl’s living room is rather large and open to her kitchen, stairway and hallway. She has a large half wall that separates the living room from the kitchen and it is a bit of a rectangular shape offering a challenge for seating arrangements. Actually, the challenge is posed by the mandatory placement of the television. ha. Cheryl’s husband insists that the TV be in direct view from his seat at the kitchen table. I laughed when she told me that the TV had to be on the very large wall so he could eat and watch TV at the same time. We need to keep those husbands happy right? 🙂

Family room steve chair

Oh poor Steve, you really do have your work cut out for you painting this room.


Cheryl has decided that the chair in front of the fireplace is to large for the area so she is on the hunt for something smaller that coordinates with her new tufted sofas. Chaaaaa-ching Steve :).

Brown Chair

So here is what we are thinking. Cheryl loves aqua blues, coral, and eclectic mixes with a hint of coastal. She loves the beach but doesn’t want the overall theme to be “beachy” if that makes any sense. A clean crisp room with warm toned elements to create an elegant casual space is what Cheryl is hoping to achieve. We both have been pinning inspirational pictures to the “family room ideas” pinterest board for a few weeks. Gathering ideas and inspiration on pinterest is a great way to get organized and figure out what you really love.

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Kate from Centsational Girl put together this aqua color pallet that Cheryl loves.

Aqual Home Accents

This is my family room that we created over a year ago. Our original family room was dark and dated providing a very boring space to hang out in. I added wide pine planks to the wall which completely changed the look of the room. The room is very large and lacked in character and the planks added the sense of coziness that was needed. Cheryl loves the idea of a wooden wall treatment and the white/blue/green/tan color tones.

Costal Cottage Family Room

This next color pallet has an overall darker theme but still in the blue color family. Cheryl’s couches are a steel gray color so mixing in yellow for accents would be pretty. Oh and Cheryl found a very similar styled rustic coffee table that she has decided to purchase as well. Eeeek Steve, it’s never a good thing to get me involved. I love helping spend other peoples money!


Teal Yellow and Gray color pallet

What I love about this space is the mixing and matching of colors and patterns.

Colorful Family Room

Cheryl found this mood board created by Ashley at the Handmade Home that features pops of bright colors while still using gray and blue.

Colorful Home accents

On the large wall where the television is, Cheryl is also planning to purchase a media center that will be conducive to the size of the wall and perfect for housing the tv, kids games, toys and other media components.

media wall

Depending on what type of media center she purchases, something similar to these gold étagères coordinated with textured wall paper would be beautiful on that wall. They offer the height necessary for such a large wall and are perfect for books, storage baskets and design accessories.

gold étagères coordinated with textured wall paper

I love the idea of adding wide pine planks to the wall or some sort of wall treatment. Personally, I think it will cozy up the room and add some character to the large space. This room below is very similar to Cheryl’s fireplace wall flanked by floor to ceiling windows. I think a plank wall treatment on top of the mantel finished with 5 inch crown molding would be perfect! Don’t you?

plank wall treatment over fireplace mantel

Here is another example of what a wall treatment will do for a fireplace. It takes a fireplace and turns it into a custom design piece. A focal point for the wall. Do you agree?

Creative Fireplace Mantle

The television wall is the largest wall in the room and in order to make the room look collected and in sync with the rest of the elements in the room, the media center needs to take center stage. Something similar to the media center below would fit nicely along that wall. Both open and closed door storage will offer a display area for pretty decorative items while the closed door cabinets can hide toys and games.

Gray Media Center for large wall

Steve, if you can pull this off, you would be known as the rockstar husband of 2013 in the blogosphere. A full room of planks. Oh my.

A full room of planks.

A gallery wall above the couches would be a great focal point for the seating area and again, the walls are very high so something like the wall gallery below would be suitable.

Collage over sofa makes a great focal point

We will be back periodically sharing ideas, color schemes and Steve’s progress! Remember Steve in the beginning? So happy and cute? He said to Cheryl, “who is this girl Jessica? She needs to go away!” hehe That’s what my dad and husband always say about me and DIY projects. There is nothing wrong with dreaming big, right?


Cheryl & kids – top, Steve – bottom left, me (Jess) – bottom right

The family room makeover at the “Tidymom” household is about to under-go a dramatic makeover. Cheryl and her kiddo’s are super excited to see “dad” at work.

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Thanks so much for all your input Jess!!! We are picking out a paint color for the walls right now, and we are ready to get started on this!  I’ll keep you all posted as we go!  I’d love to hear any thought anyone has, feel free to leave them in the comments!