Our “Great Room” Reveal…

Okay, when I began blogging it was honestly to show off my Cottage Garden. But once I got started and seeing all of your beautiful homes – I began my quest to cozy up my home a little yet still have the functionality for a big family.  As the kids are still somewhat little & they need space to lounge & do slumber parties, watch tv, & play video games.  I liked the video games being played downstairs instead of the play room because I felt at least the kids were in the middle of the house, out in the open & not closed up in a room somewhere else.  However, after multiple suggestions of moving my furniture in a little & filling it up w/more furniture, the hope of a cozy room & décor prevailed. So here is the before picture of what I started with…


First thing I we did was move the furniture around.  We put one couch under the big window and left the one other couch under the pictures…I found fantastic sofa tables that I could place behind both couches.  I didn’t get matching ones because I felt it better if they looked like they were “great finds”!

hyde turned leg console table1console table

Which now I can create vignettes with and they each host a table lamp for better lighting…and also it brought the couches closer into the rug to make the space not so large. 

We moved the shabby white table into the den (which is a whole other project) ha ha. 

Deciding that the rocking chair & recliner & vintage sewing machine no longer worked – Since seating is always an issue for us during holidays & entertaining I set out to find to matching leather chairs and a an cushioned ottoman for more seating.  & found these!

sullivan ottomanbaxter tufted armchair1

tibetan barstool1This was right around Thanksgiving & with holiday entertaining in mind, I decided to fit as much seating possible & purchased three stools to go under our pass through to the kitchen creating more seating~ oh boy was my husband happy!

Honestly, he doesn’t care what I do in the house when it comes to decorating…I just sold it as more places to sit when “the boys” come over for the football games!

Which is more than I’d like to share!

I knew I needed to bring in lighter colors to the room because everything is so dark with the maple colored woodwork in this room.  So of course mismatched lighting had to be found & Etsy shops to decorate my new spaces that were available.  Grabbed a few cozy throws from Costco & a fun basket to store them in. 


I then had a painting party with myself and started painting everything white…(fireplace screen, photo frames, wire baskets & any décor that could be painted & used in this room)


Some took a few tries to get the right color white…(sound familiar to anyone?)

But in the end, I’m very happy! Everything turned out lovely & the room is very cozy now! Even the hubby loves it!!!  I’m just happy I could work in the couches I dearly love & someday may replace…but for now my cottage themed room is perfect!  with some new goodies to make it feel more cozy!  It’s the new favorite room of the house.



These vignettes show some of my Etsy shop purchases…


This is the place I store my tea cups, garden & home décor books/magazines. (my husband secretly worked with the builder to build these shelves for me because I no longer had my tea room when we moved from our Quail Creek House)…sweet man!023

Not the greatest picture – but as you can see all of our wood work is distressed & I absolutely love the character of our bronze handles (they are mixed throughout the house).019

Of course like most of you, our home is a “work in progress” and there is so much more I want to change and do…but for now it’s a cozy place in our home with subtle new changes!

Hope you enjoyed a tour of my newly loved Great Room!
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” label…




Love your Den Reveal! It is a very comfortable and pretty room! I especially love your woodwork, the distressed finish is beautiful!
Anonymous said…
Before was fine, but WOW what a makeover!!! Beautiful job!! Very cozy and cottagey!! Love it!
Paint Me White said…
Tracie your room looks beautiful, you have done a lovely job decorating it and paiting all your bits & pieces white. Have a great day. Sandy xx
michelle said…
The room looks so cozy and I love your finds Tracie! It is so amazing how just moving furniture around changes up a room so much. Your woodwork is gorgeous, I love the way it is distressed.
Tracie ,it looks finished now! before it was nice but I like it better now.
Julie Marie said…
Hi Tracie, wow!... everything looks just beautiful!... I love how you re~arranged things and added new finds along the way... I even saw the little picture I sent you!... too cute that you told your hubby you needed those stools for more room for his buddies to come watch football, tee hee hee!... the things we won't do, huh? Your home looks so very cozy and inviting... and just says "welcome"!... xoxo Julie Marie
Anonymous said…
It was nice before, but so lovely after! All the wood in the room is beautiful. Inviting, great colors.
Unknown said…
Everything is much warmer and cozier now. I'd work with those couches too! They are gorgeous. I've enjoyed the transformation :)
It looks great, small changes do sooo much! I love that you used mostly what you already have to simply re arrange. Wonderful job:) xoxo tami
Kathy said…
This looks great - love it when we take what we have and make it look like something new! Love all your decorative touches!
Have a great week,
Simple Daisy said…
What a great job!! You really made that room into one cozy space:)
Erin said…
Love your room! It is very cozy and inviting and I love those shelves!
Pamela Gordon said…
Your room looks wonderful and so much cozier with the conversation area. Great job!
Cindy said…
Your great room is very cozy and oh so beautiful!!! I adore those very cottagey couches, they are so pretty, and all of your white touches and vignettes are perfection! You did a really great job on this room! Congratulations!
Hugs, Cindy
Victoria said…
What a beautiful home you have! I am so in love with your white terrarium, I want one!!!
Burlap Luxe said…
Awwww! thank you Tracie,
I have been so busy and not able to get anything done at once. I am working on a dresser right now and want to do a post on it if it all falls together. Love that you gave me a shout out with my ETSY!! you are a doll.

Is it just not the best thing to do, surffing etsy for new treasures to decorate with!!

See you soon dear one.
Leslie said…
wow ~ it is so bright, it looks fantastic.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your nice comments. I just love the cherubs that you have in your garden, they are just beautiful.

Have a wonderful week,
The Gilded Cherub
What a warm and inviting room! I found you at Met Monday. I'm your newest follower and will be back for your garden party. Stop by Keen Inspirations when you hhave a minute to visit!
Enjoy your week!
Marie said…
Your great room turned our really GREAT! I love the floral love seat and that very cute greenhouse/terrarium.

Stopping by from SOYCM.
Wow! Your room looks great. Love those couches.

Thanks for your comments on my Crepe Myrtle it loves to be totally neglected. Pam x
Looks great. That big leather chair looks comfy.
Hey Tracie!Thats what I have been trying to do around here with the white to brighten things up a bit. I think everything turned out beautifully. Those leather chairs are heavenly! Love your house its sooo pretty!
Okay, now I get it...kids really rule the house don't they. You newly arranged room looks great and so cozy.
I love how you have changed your room around! I just did the same thing..I really love your built-ins. We also have a tv mounted on the wall above our fireplace. It all looks wonderful and so perfect. I'm sure your family is enjoying the new space.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth
So nice that you visited me! Your garden is such a dream to me....love your new white touches throughout your newly arranged room. Where do you keep those Blue Bird pics....? :)
H ow beautiful.
Thanks for stopping by and the lovely invite to showcase my garden...
This is such a dramatic transformation...just beautiful! I LOVE your new leather chairs. I know hubby is loving those! Can't believe all the places you found to incorporate extra seating. You should give yourself a big pat on the back...turned out fabulous!
Oh, just noticed...I don't see a link back to the other participants for Met Monday. Is it here and I'm just missing it? Appreciate if you could add that. Thanks!
Hi there! I totally understand about storing your prints. I actually have two framed prints, both by Zula Kenyon. They are hard to find, all the more precious.....
NanaDiana said…
It looks wonderful~ You did a great job with your make over and the best part is that it is so family friendly. I love a house that you feel like you could just sit down and have a cup of coffee and a couple of kids could be sprawled on the floor with coloring books. You nailed COMFORTABLE and COTTAGE CHIC! Hugs- Diana
Mary said…
Wow, great job on the great room reveal, reveal! Thank you for joining in on Masterpice Monday. Mary :O)
Tracie - Your room is so comforting and cozy. The built ins and woodwork is gorgeous! I love all the touches you have added tothe room - fabulous job! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I'll be featuring this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn
WOW Tracie...what a difference! I knew this room would look wonderful with the furniture pulled in closer and you did a beautiful job of choosing the perfect furniture and accessories in there. Now it looks like a cozy place to sit and visit and I can see why your hubby was pleased...great stools and love the leather chairs and ottoman. I have to admit though...my favorite is still those two loveseats..love the fabric on them..very shabby chic ;) BEAUTIFUL!
Have fun 'playing'.
Maura :)
Unknown said…
You have done a great job in your family room! I know your family loves it!
Wow! This room looks like it is straight out of a magazine! I love what you did with the white spray paint...
Anonymous said…
Hi Tracie! Oh, I love how your room looks - just beautiful! I'm in love with your charming sofa and love seat!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)
Tracie, your room looks great. I was so glad to see that you pulled the furniture away from the wall. Thanks for sharing this at the party. I see Susan said something about the link and she is right you should show the actual links to the party you are joining in your post. Too hard to click on that one link that takes you to all parties. I don't think you are linking this post to all those parties, so others don't know how to find the party you are linking to. You are hosting a party too now and you will want those folks to have your link noticeable in their post so new folks will see it and join in, too. I have found many a new party that way.
Ellen said…
your finished look is simply chic and inviting. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Susan said…
What a beautiful room!! I love all your vignettes. And pulling the furniture away from the wall was a good decision!! Great job!!
My Dream Canvas said…
This looks so lovely. I look forward to you stopping by at My Dream Canvas:-)

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