Last week, I gave you guys a peek into our lower level renovation, starting with our home office. And since then, I have been so excited to reveal our lower level family room. During the weekdays when Phil and I are working, we spend quite a bit of time in this room especially to take breaks or to wind down and relax before ending our work day. So, like a traditional family room, I wanted it to feel bright and cozy. As silly as it sounds, a bright, clean space always makes me feel refreshed and inspired. This is so important to me since I can oftentimes fall into a rut with work. To achieve this effect, I kept this room neutral and even a little masculine since it’s a common area – and much of the house is already glam and feminine. As you can see, several of the decor pieces and furniture came together to create an inviting space that’s suitable for our rustic, glam style. Scroll ahead for the full details on this room.
This was a tricky space to tackle since it’s quite narrow and tight. It always surprises me how a few decor tweaks can change the way it feels. One of the first things I did was add smoked antique mirrors from Restoration Hardware to each side of the fireplace. I love how it opens up the room and creates the illusion of space. By placing two wingback chairs in front of them, the layout immediately felt more symmetrical and balanced. The chairs are one of my favorite pieces because they look so elegant and add a lot of visual interest from different angles. They also feel very french. Then to help open up the room even more and make the ceilings look higher, I added a crystal glass chandelier. You guys already know how obsessed I am with chandeliers, but I knew I had to have this one when I saw how affordable it was. It definitely adds a glam vibe.
I have always loved the look of a layered room because it feels so personal and warm. I first created this effect by laying a cowhide rug on top of a budget-friendly, woven IKEA rug. I was really blown away by the IKEA rug because it looks much more expensive than it really is – and the woven texture is perfect for the dogs. It has just been so easy to clean and take care of. The two rugs together create the perfect base for our distressed side tables and cement coffee table. Although the tables look heavy and industrial, they helped to inject a masculine touch into the room. Of course I toned that down by incorporating softer elements like metallic accents, pillows, flowers, and feminine coffee table books.
Overall, I’m really pleased with how our lower level family room turned out. Searching for the right pieces to create a space I want to spend time in is always the toughest part of the decor process. I’m often torn between more than one style. I’m just happy that I was able to maximize such a tiny area to create something neutral, moody, and sophisticated.
RH Bistro Antique Glass Mirrors (18″ x 72″ size)
Soft Surroundings Wingback Chairs
Etsy Black Lumbar Pillows
CB2 Cement Coffee Table
Similar Key Ring Set
Louis Vuitton Coffee Table Book
Gucci Coffee Table Book
Similar Faux Orchid
Black Lacquer Tray
Similar Chess Sculptures
Macy’s Whiskey Set
Hermes Throw Blanket
‘Shaken Not Stirred’ James Bond Art
Louis Vuitton Art
Overstock Bamboo Shades
DIY Black Pelmet Box (featured above shades, tutorial here)
Wall Paint Color – Benjamin Moore ‘Gray Mist’
IKEA Jute Rug
Black Cowhide Rug
Joss & Main Gold Side Tables
Pottery Barn Wood Side Table
Z Gallerie Sofa (in ‘Opulent Seal’ color)
Serge Mouille Lamp (better for budget here)