Jake and Karen's house...
...the progress

family room current photos; mirror project; tv unit

The family room is separated from the kitchen and living room by half walls. We wanted to be able to be in the kitchen and be able to interact as well as have the living room and family room act as one especially when entertaining.

New sconces installed on left wall and mirror built. Coffee table painted dark brown. This is before the room was painted.

We added a modern, industrial ceiling fan in this room. I'm not usually a fan of ceiling fans, but because there's just 2 of us, it's much more efficient to cool this one most used room with a fan than to turn on the a/c for the entire house. I love this fan because it's very subtle and disappears in the ceiling, our first instinct was to go stainless steel, but I didn't want the eye drawn to the fan, it insteads just blends into the ceiling.

Most of this furniture will be replaced, the couches will go to the basement. The cat tree stays, they love hanging out there looking out the window, but I might move it to the next window. I want a leather recliner (contemporary style) in the corner where the cat tree is. I painted the coffee table a dark brown and put on stainless steel legs, looks fabulous. Jake has to build a new tv stand, something lower, but that's a project for another day.

Here's a view facing the other side of the room.

Here is during the prep for painting. The room is completely sealed off because we had to sand drywall from the walls. Note the ceiling, we installed 7 pot lights, hid some of the wires in the corner which will be covered by the crown molding.

Here's the after. Wall colour is Silver Mink by Pratt & Lambert, accent wall colour is Night Horizon by Benjamin Moore. Added crown molding and thicker baseboards. Now matches living room.

One dark wall, brings in the colour from the living room next door.

View of the pot lights in the ceiling, and ceiling fan.

The other side of the room. I'm contemplating doing the fireplace mantel in a black, have to do a mock-up to think about it, but I think it looks good as is.

With furniture. Now the old couches look their age, They will be replaced eventually.

Fireplace wall.

Wall with the tv. The new tv bench is much more sleek and low (I've been told that it can accommodate a future widescreen plasma!). The wall needs some work, art, accessories, but a big improvement over before.

Other corner of room with darker wall.

Here's the TV cabinet open. It has glass shelves inside, room for the centre speaker and a drawer for dvds, cables, etc. I'm not happy with the speaker placement, but this'll do for now.

Back of the tv cabinet. Lots and lots of wires, but the unit has some wire management and looks clean once closed up.

Back put on tv unit. Much better!

With hardwood installed.

Back to square one with accessorizing. New TV and now the wall is empty again.