It occurred to me that it’s been a while since I’ve posted any pictures of our family room. Although none of the updates are brand new, I figured it’s time to get around to showing them off!
1. Media cabinet
The biggest change happened in December, when our media cabinet was delivered. Ta-da!
For all the furniture in our house, it’s the first piece we’ve picked out and bought because it was exactly what we wanted. Exciting.
We’ve intended to buy a media cabinet to house the receiver, cable set top box, Blu-Ray player, etc. since we bought our current TV and wall-mounted it. That was, ahem, almost 3 years ago. We finally decided to start seriously looking when we knew Marcy would be joining the family. All those accessible wires under the sofa table seemed like a puppy dream – and a puppy parent nightmare.
We shopped pretty extensively, online and in store, across a variety of price points. We ended up splurging a little on the piece we chose. It is an Ethan Allen piece, the Jason buffet with glass on 2 doors (it’s also available with 4 wood panel doors) in the caraway finish. It came about 2 weeks sooner than promised when we ordered. In an ideal world, we might have found a piece that sat flush with the floor rather than on legs, so tennis balls (and paws) wouldn’t find their way under. But such a piece was not to be found. The legs on this piece are removable, but there’s a support piece under the rear middle that prevents it from sitting flat on the floor. Unless we have as yet unforseen trouble with the legs, we’ll leave it as is.
2. Pillow covers
I used leftover fabric from re-covering the dining room chairs to cover the throw pillows on the couch, two each in hounds tooth and paisley.
3. Table runner for the media cabinet
I found enough of the hounds tooth fabric still at Joanne Fabrics (on sale, woot!) to sew a table runner for the top of the media cabinet.
4. The puppy gate
The gate was a custom made birthday present from my dad. We’d been keeping a baby gate leaning in that corner for the occasions on which we needed to keep Guin in one room – because we were brewing beer, moving groceries in/out, painting, trick or treaters were at the door, etc. That gate became a full time thing when Marcy came home, until she gets a little older and a little more reliable with the house training. I thought a permanent gate would be a useful thing to have, but I didn’t want anything that would restrict the width of the doorway. Dad made the sliding gate out of cherry, and mounted it to the studs under the cutout. Permanent puppy (and little kid) boundary!
5. Recessed lighting and surround sound wiring/speaker installation
These were actually two separate projects, that happened a couple years ago. I started a post on the project a long time ago, but I never got around to finishing it. So, white flag. In brief, since there is attic space above the family room, we were able to go up and relatively easily run the wiring for 5 recessed lighting cans, and rear and overhead speakers. The 5 lights are on 3 switches – one for the row over the TV/media cabinet, one for the row nearest the exterior glass door, and one for the one spotlighting the fireplace. The lights are all on dimmers, which makes for great “movie theater lighting.”
Eventually, we’re looking forward to a new sofa (brown leather?) and coffee table. The ones we have are serviceable, but they were hand-me-downs and are showing their age a bit.
We’re going to hold on new leather furniture, though, until Miss Marcy outgrows some of the fiendish puppy chewing.
I’m also feeling a little undecided about whether the walls need something. Looking at most of the photos above, I think they do. But I like keeping the fireplace the center of the room, so we’ll see.
So there you have it, that’s our family room these days! To wrap up, since today is Sunday,