Project in Progress - Family Room Part I

Back in the Fall, I helped a client with a design plan for their dining room.  They ended up loving it so much, they enlisted my help with a family room/kitchen renovation!   Now that the design plan is complete for this project, it's time to make it happen!  This week, we are meeting with the construction team (Twin Construction in Homewood is completing this project, and they truly are a dream to work with on renovations) to finalize everything so we can begin demolition.  

I'm going to be sharing pictures along the way, so you can see the progress. But today, I wanted to show you the design layouts and boards for the family room area of the space (kitchen details will come later).  In this renovation, we are opening up what used to be three smallish rooms into one large great room.  In this image, I've included, in blue, the original layout of the space.

When we started this project several months again, I gave my clients two design layouts for the new wide open space that will exist once the renovation is complete.  If you are considering a major renovation like this, I highly recommend getting your decorator involved from the very beginning.  It's really important to know early on if furniture will fit in the space as well as the layout you have in mind. If you have the option, furniture placement should dictate window and door placement rather than the other way around.  In the case below, notice the windows on the TV wall are not centered on the wall (there used to be three windows on this wall) . Rather, we have centered them on the main seating area, and allowed for a piece of furniture farther down the wall for the secondary seating area.  Also, lamp placement will dictate outlet placement (including outlets in the floor).

This is the second option for furniture placement.  I love this option as it will provide a large open feel to the entire space.   

They selected option 2 for the furniture placement! As an aside, budget constraints are requiring us to leave the fireplace in it's original place.  So, as you can see, we have balanced it with a pair of french doors which lead to the screened porch.  Based on this, we are not using the fireplace as the focal point wall.  Instead, we have used furniture placement to create a new focal point and now the fireplace will "read" as one with the french doors on that wall.   I also love that in the winter months the fireplace will add a very cozy feel to the family while enjoying meals in the breakfast room area.    

After deciding on the layout for the space, I gave them two design board of specific furnishings.  Again, it's good to have options to consider when you are investing this kind of money in a project.   Also note, the fabrics of the furnishings in these boards are not the final fabrics we selected (I'll show you those in a later post), but at least you will get an idea of the feel of the space. 

The client selected option 2, and we tweaked the lighting a bit (she actually selected the island lighting from board 1).  The furniture has been ordered (you really need to think about the timing of when you order these items so you're not sitting on the floor once your beautiful space is complete).  Now the construction work begins.  Glad you will be joining me on this journey!  M.


  1. This is a nice project Mandi - looking forward to seeing it come together. The timeline is so important and part of the reason our jobs are so important is keeping up with that timeline and getting everything coordinated. Thanks for the preview and love the lighting choices.

  2. Love the both the new layouts and design plans! Looking forward to see the finished rooms!

    Have a good day, Mandi!


  3. Great advice. I never would have thought to get a designer involved so early in a renovation. Option 2 is beautiful. I can't wait to see this project come to life.

  4. This looks like a fun journey to be a part of! Can't wait to see it all fall into place.

  5. Really looking forward to this, it looks great.


  6. I've been looking forward to seeing this completed. Any chance you will share updated pictures?

    1. Hi Beth,
      Yes, the space is completed, but I've not had it photographed to date. It's on my list of things to do, just has not happened yet! Thanks so much for your interest.


Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.