Our home is a very old home, just shy of the century mark. As a result it has changed a lot over the years. Last month I did a post on our living room but this time I thought I would feature the family room and how it has evolved over the last few decades.
When I hear the words family room that conjures up for me an image of warmly painted walls and over stuffed leather seating with a fireplace and a big old distressed coffee table. That is not what I ended up with here. Instead mine resulted with bright colors, chintz florals and polka dots. I probably went this direction with this space because the room we use as a family room started out as a screened in porch and it even though it has walls and windows now it still sort of has that porch like feel.
This photo was probably taken back in the late 60's or early 70's. After we bought the house in 1997 I contacted all of the previous owners and they were kind enough to tell me about the years they spent in our house and some of them even had pictures to share. This is one of those pictures.
This is the view of this same porch while looking out of the kitchen window. I am guessing this picture was probably taken at about that same time period.
Another family moved in during the '80's and converted this space into a family room.
Notice that nasty tile floor. Now those of you that a purists need to quit reading. I really really tried to live with it and I did live with it for about three years but eventually we covered it in wood. I know some of you hate me for this but really just because something is old doesn't mean it is good. This was just plain ugly. Who can decorated an airy bright space around a brick red and black checkerboard? Not me.
Have you ever done some things that you look back and think Really? What was I thinking? Well I did that more than once when it came to this room. To begin with I took the moire down but I put up something just as bad, maybe worse, a peachy pink and white stripe. Now I had my reasons but when I really think about it none of them come close to justifying this egregious error in judgment.
Combined with those window treatments it really takes on an ice cream parlor vibe. Yikes.
During our third year in the house we put on a large addition. The roof over this room was a shed roof and it didn't really blend with the rest of the roof line of the house.
I've heard it said that the four most expensive words you can say when you are in the midst of remodeling are, "While you're at it" so in true remodeler fashion we uttered them and then we ripped off the roof to this room.
No your eyes aren't going bad. For some reason I taped two images of this room together and that is the file I have on my computer.
In the end it was a good decision. We were definitely pleased with the new look.
We pulled the room back together but I still had that ridiculous floral sofa. Now the room really was kind of pretty during the day but night time shots with all of these windows just aren't flattering. Keep in mind this photo was taken around 2000 or maybe 2001.
The pink striped walls were gone but another nemesis to my dream space was that floral sofa. A word of advise. Don't EVER buy a floral sofa. I don't care how pretty it looks in the store or in the swatch book, you will grow to hate it. I was tired of mine by the second year and then I lived with it for three more years after that. Yep, hated it.
Finally about six years ago I made some furniture changes in this room and recently took down the window treatments. This is the way it looks today.
Hmmmm. I think I need some more red over in that part of the room and something with some weight to it. You see, for me, a room for me is never really complete. It is constantly evolving. In this space I am considering a bolder green on the walls and the hubs wants a big screen. The sofas are beginning to show some wear and I would like to find an ottoman for the overstuffed chair. Too bad I'm never content.
Linking up today with:
Remodelaholic at Remodelaholics Anonymous Friday
The Girl Creative Make A Friend Friday
Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap Up
and a new blog I just found today - Our Suburban Cottage. She is having a How I Met My House Party. - Very clever don't you think?