Defined Home: Family Room Reveal

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Family Room Reveal

I am excited to share one of our most-used spaces in our home: our family room! This is the spot in our home that serves both as the kid’s playroom as well as our casual living space. It’s where we watch TV or movies at the end of the day to unwind and take a load off. 

All that to say, there were many different factors to consider when designing the room but overall we wanted a durable, welcoming and cozy space that both the girls as well as Clayton and I could enjoy. 

Just so you can get a quick glimpse of the BEFORE of the room, the space was already great, but we had to fix a few things:

Family Room Reveal

  1. Above this room was an upstairs add-on area that was not built properly and the ceiling was sagging due to structural issues. We had to add the beams to fix that and they ended up becoming a design detail that I love in this room.
  2. The old stairwell was not up to code because it was too narrow, so we fixed up the stairwell, which further helped to clean up the design in the room.

Other than those updates, the rest was really just cosmetic changes. We removed some of the wall detailing, including the arch design which we actually hoped to keep but needed to change our plan once the structural problems caused damage to those. We also had a fantastic carpenter build walnut cabinetry around our entertainment unit, which ties in perfectly with the walnut shelves we have across the room on another wall. 

Speaking of furniture in the room, after a few structural and cosmetic changes, our design came to life once we furnished the room with pieces from Room & Board to complete the room with all of our needs in mind while also choosing pieces that were cohesive with the rest of the design in our home.


Family Room Reveal

Since this room serves as our TV room for family movie nights, Netflix binges and football watching, seating was very important to us. 

  • 5-Piece Linger Modular Sofa with Ottoman (158″ x 86″) in Hines Spruce: First and foremost, we knew we wanted a sectional! This design not only offers a comfortable option but the Hines Spruce fabric is a beautiful focal point — I just love the color!
  • Ford Swivel Chairs in Orla Ivory: Another seating option for when we have guests over. I love the swivel feature to easily be involved with anything going on in the room.
  • Aero Ottoman in Cowhide Buff: These ottomans are sturdy enough to be used as a table if needed, but they can also be used for extra seating; the versatility was a huge plus to us as well as the cowhide fabric — I loved the texture it added to the space!


Family Room Reveal

Because the space also serves as a playroom for the girls, storage was another high-priority to ensure we could have *most* of their toys put away if we were having guests over.

Besides the furniture, we finished the room with a Custom Sized Hastings Rug in Stone (192” x 114”) which helped tie in the various colors in the room and is also incredibly plush which is perfect for the cozy room we wanted to create.

Other Details in the Room: If I missed anything, please feel free to ask me in a comment below!

Family Room Reveal

  • The art above the walnut bookcase cubes is by our talented friend and artist, Matthew Brinston.
  • The kid’s table is also from Room and Board and we’ve had it for YEARS and still love the look: Perch Play Table + Perch Chairs
  • The large chalkboard was custom built by a local woodworker.
  • The Tree Bookshelf was something we’ve had for a while from Etsy. While it’s beautiful on the wall– it was *very difficult* to install and was a headache for sure. Haha. I’ve looked everywhere on Etsy for the exact one and can’t find it anywhere! 

Family Room Reveal

Overall, we are thrilled with how all of our Room & Board pieces helped us complete our room! Like all of their designs, they are trend-proof so can easily be mixed and matched with other pieces for years to come, easily moved in other spaces in our home, and they are all sustainably created through quality construction and ethically sourced materials. 90% of Room & Board’s products are also manufactured through family-owned business partners all based in the US — I love this focus on craftspeople since it is not common with other retailers.

I can’t want to continue to make memories in this family room and continue to share how we utilize the space!

To learn more about Room & Board and their official product offerings, visit roomandboard.com.


  • Reply
    January 26, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Love this sofa. Does it have an ottoman or is it a chaise?

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      February 3, 2021 at 6:06 pm

      it is a chaise

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    January 17, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Wondering how tall your ceilings are in this room. We have a house with basement that we’re looking to do something very similar with. Looks amazing! Thanks!

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    January 16, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Where did the rug come from?

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      January 18, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      also from Room & Board!

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    January 16, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Where are the baskets from?

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      January 16, 2021 at 7:56 pm


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    January 16, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Ooops found the mention in the post. Etsy

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    January 16, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Can we please talk about that tree bookshelf?!?! Was that custom made???

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    January 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Alex! Love this room so much. Your whole home is an absolute dream!
    Is the circle detail in the ceiling before a skylight or a light?

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      January 16, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      it was just a light, not a skylight. there is an upstairs area above the room.

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        January 18, 2021 at 1:54 pm

        Love this space! Is there a photo of the entertainment area you mentioned? Thanks!

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    January 16, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    I would love to see photos of the kids area with the table and chalkboard! We’re trying to figure out how to integrate a kids play area into our design.

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      January 16, 2021 at 5:10 pm

      Just updated with more photos!

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    January 16, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    What a great room! Where is the lamp on the bookshelves from?

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    January 15, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Love this room! Where is the light fixture in this room from?

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    January 15, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Beautiful! Where is the light fixture from?

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    Angelica Connelly
    January 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    I’m a huge Room & Board fan. We have moved 4 times and the prices from Room & Board have moved with us too. They are durable and can be styled in so many ways. What about those snazzy light fixtures over your sectional? Where are they from?

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    January 15, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    What material did you use for flooring?

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      January 15, 2021 at 10:14 pm

      The flooring is original terrazo that was already in the house

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    January 15, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    How functional yet beautiful!

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      January 15, 2021 at 10:20 pm

      thank you , IZzah!

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    January 15, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Love your home, cant wait for you to share the room with that amazing fireplace and sunken cocktail area!

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    January 15, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    I love your style so much. It’s so perfectly you and inspirational. Can’t wait to see one on your new kitchen.

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      January 15, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you, Kaity!!! once we finish up the banquette area in our kitchen i’ll be sharing that one next!! 🙂

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