Family Room Update {AKA What ever happened to those stenciled wall panels?}

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You might have noticed that once in a while we start a project here on the blog and then pretty much never mention it again… leaving you hanging.  Sorta like the awesome guy on a date that never calls again. We don’t want to be “that guy,” so today I’m doing a little blast from the past update! 


Remember my family room last January?  

I was getting ready to stencil some wall panels…




So I painted them and then decided they just weren’t working.  Far too much going on…



Since I loved the stencil pattern (just not on that wall), I used it on my outdoor rug! 



BUT… I left ya hanging with my family room! 

What happened to the walls?  

Here’s what we’ve got going on now…  I had these two pieces of art in my completely mishmashed piano/craft room, and thought the colors would work in the family room.  It took me a few weeks to decide if they worked or not, but I decided I think they do.  

Let me be honest with you for a second… I HATE decorating around my TV! (Although, I am thankful for the TV) I’m constantly  grumbling about it in my head.  There’s only so much you can do around it and to be really honest, I sort of just put together semi-lame mantles because of it.  At least I have Jess’ super awesome mantles to drool over!
Even with my semi-lame mantles, I usually manage to find one or two things that I like…  This season my light-bulb-meets-lantern is enough to keep me happy!


So, as of right now, my family room is feeling 95% finished.  I’m pretty sure that as a mom of four kids, I’m never going to get to 100% and I think I’m okay with that.  We play soccer, make Wipeout obstacle courses, and of course make cool forts in there all the time.  I never want my design plans to get in the way of that! 

So what do you think of the family room walls?  Think the art works alright?  

The comments +

  1. Stacey M says:

    the art works! (i think, lol) what’s throwing me off, is the tv looks off-center to the right. it totally may not be and i’ve been staring for about 5 minutes straight and looking at the mantle pieces and the fire place opening and the recessed lights, etc to see if it’s not… but it still looks like it is. (i think, lol) 😉

  2. i love it & i L O V E the light bulb in the lantern!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love the orange! I think it looks great.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love the orange, too! Did you paint that?? Care to share the color??? It really pops in the room.

  5. pretty pretty pretty! you did a great job with your mantle, too…we have a tv over ours and it’s the bane of my living room existence. BLAH.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! Where could I find the stencil you used to create the wall panels? I have a huge 2 story wall in our great room and that looks like a possible design.

  7. LolaLalaBean says:

    I think it looks fabulous. The only thing I would change is the large vase on the left of the TV should be in the middle, in my opinion, but I love everything you did. I think it looks beautiful.

  8. Kellie says:

    What is the color of orange you used? I love it.

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