And in the case of the living room, that means large multi framed windows and plenty of natural light.
The old brick fireplace was already painted white when we moved in and I love it. I used to long for a more substantial mantel but now I think the one it has suits the scale of the room perfectly.
The room itself is long and narrow with the fireplace in the center and kind of lends itself to two distinct areas, a television watching side and a reading/conversation side.
We have had the large leather furniture for over ten years. I have dreamed of a white slip covered sofa for quite a while but I have to admit that these have been very forgiving in a room that is in constant use.
The over sized plaid chair was a gift from my sister in law and is my favorite place to curl up with a magazine or good book. The white bookcase was part of a furniture trade I made with my mom. (I think I got the better end of the deal but don't tell her.)
The gallery wall above the sofa is a keeper. I have room to keep adding and tweaking what's up there and really love the look. I will share a few things I learned in creating it with you soon.
The corner next to the TV holds my houseplants as well as a small collection of DVDs in the basket tucked underneath. The stand that holds the television is actually an outdoor bench that my husband converted for me a few years ago.
All in all, I love this room. It serves it's purpose well and truly is a family room. I have often heard that small homes grow close families and this room can testify to the truth of that.