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Today is family room reveal time!


Since I redesigned our Living Room last fall, our family room has been neglected somewhat as we spend most of our time in the Living Room.  Today I am revealing our FAMILY ROOM as part of the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE hosted by Calling it Home.  I redecorated the room about a zillion time in the past, but we never made any significant changes to the room, up until now. The room was pretty sad and dark as I had this huge media center against the entire wall. What did I think when I bought that huge piece eight years ago? Phew! We also had this ugly cream color on the wall and to be quite honest with you,  I was sick of it for a long time. But ya know…painting an entire room takes time and effort, so we always said: “Awh., gusyit’s OK for a few more years”.

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I have been working SO hard on this room in the last five weeks. I was deep digging in projecting and thrift store shopping guys! I have not bought any new piece of furniture to the room, but a beautiful area rug ( learn more about it HERE), we made a fantastic built-in shelf, I created a wall hanging and painted a large abstract wall art.

Below you can get a recap of each week’s posts.






I love the ORC as it makes me finish an entire room in 5 weeks, but I have to confess that I also always feel a big weight on my shoulder during this five week period. When I create my room plans, I have no idea if the room will ever look like my original plans or which direction will the whole makeover go so it’s always exciting to see the result.

The plan I made five weeks ago was this below.

And yet, I pretty much stayed on board with my makeover this time. The only thing I did not get, or add was a yellow chair. But I already had a gray version of that yellow chair, so it all made sense to keep that in the room.


So today is the big REVEAL day, which is always my favorite part of the ORC, of course, as I get to show off my fabulous room I designed. I love to decorate, and I feel that having a stylishly decorated home is important.
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And now, get ready to see lots of textures, layers, wooden accents, and pop of colors throughout the room.


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Did you JUST say HOLY COW?

I hear you whispering it on the other side of the monitor, don’t you?  That’s what I am telling myself every time I walk into this room. Seriously.

I can hardly believe that it is the same room, guys! The room got so much more spacious, feels larger, brighter and airier.

The first thing we did was that we painted the entire room with BEHR Ultra white. What a change. Now I know that you can not go wrong with BRIGHT white walls. Nope! Then I decided to paint the whole fireplace with ultra white as well. And I am so glad I painted it. It only took me a few hours and a few glasses of mimosas:-) White is the way to go!

Then I decided to paint the whole fireplace with ultra white as well. My husband was looking at me with the weirdest face when I came out with my plan, but then he nodded his head when I kept asking him if we should paint the brick fireplace with white paint. We both were extremely pleased with the white fireplace at the and of the day. It only took me a few hours and a few glasses of mimosas to paint it:-)

Watch this short video of how I decorated the room before you scroll down to feed your eyes:-)

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I sold my giant white coffee table for $50, and I got this pretty awesome LANE mid century table for $50. When I placed the table in the middle of the room it felt little too small ( after having that giant table there) but then my eyes got used to it pretty soon and I started loving the look. WHOO-HOO! Craiglist is the way to go my friends. It always worth to look ! Remember that fun mid century chair I got for my living room for $50? And the mid-modern dresser for $75 that I nicely recovered? Loving all these pieces!

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My most favorite thing of the entire room is the built-in shelf. It’s incredible that adding those shelves around the fireplace made this room look SO much larger and SOO different.

Learn how to make your own BUILT -IN SHELVES here.

Here is a quick  VIDEO of how I styled these shelves.

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I found some fantastic shelfie fillers at Goodwill ( YAY for that) as I had personal items but they did not quite fill all the shelves.  I also made my own art decorate the shelves as well as the mantel.

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I was so glad when I found this large pendant light up in the attic. I already forgot that I had it. It was hung in my dining room few years ago, and I think it is just the perfect addition for this family room, don’t you think? I see it as a good balance in the middle of the room. I was gonna get a lamp, something LIKE THIS but then I decided not to invest into a new lighting. Maybe later.

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So this fiddle leaf fig tree…This fiddle leaf fig tree had to come home with me. Now to keep it live:-)

I have been on the hunt for EVAH! I ordered one small one for me from HOME DEPOT ( you can find a large 6′ faux one, too)last year and it looked great, but I was dreaming about a larger size. Like the one I finally found. Someone told me about a florist place here in Richmon, VA and I went to check out the place. Wow! I spend like 2 hours there, feeding my eyes. I love greens and plants. Although, I can’t take a good care of them. Unfortunately. This large fiddle leaf fig tree had to come home with me. Now to keep it live:-)

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So here is the story of the art. If you go back to THIS POST, I shared a photo with a different styling on my mantel. I styled the mantel with different sized art pieces and smaller decor items, and it did not feel OK. I think because the shelves around the fireplace are too busy I had to go with a simple LARGE wall art. So I made one. I shared a video of how I made it on FB here. But if you don’t feel brave enough to try, I would be happy to custom make any ABSTRACT ART  for you! (e-mail me at placeofmytaste dot ymail dot com).

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Well, it was a lot of photos, but I hope you enjoyed them.

The breakdown of my spending:

As I mentioned earlier, I did not invest in any major furniture pieces as I did not have the budget for it:-)

PAINT: $70

BUILT -INS: $300

RUG: $250



COFFEE TABLE: $50 ( I sold my old one for $50)

BAMBOO SHADE: (2x): $30







A good room reveal can’t be shared without the mandatory BEFORE AND AFTER, right? So here it is, you guys!

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I can safely say that I am ready for my mimosa! I can’t wait to put up my feet and relax in this fun, bright room with my fam! I love the eclectic vibe, all the wicker and wooden accents and of course, the pop of colors. ♥

If you care to see my previous room makeovers, check them out below.



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Cheers for a great day!


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  1. This reveal is worth a standing ovation, Aniko. You have breathed such fresh air and color into the room. You’ve styled it brilliantly. Congratulations, Ardith

  2. Oh Aniko, I almost couldn’t believe it was the same space! FABULOUS! You did great on the video too! Congrats and CHEERS to us for another room done!

  3. This is one of my favorites from this challenge. All the natural light with your plants and insane styling. Love the light and the rug. Amazing job!

  4. I just love how light and bright the space is. The built-ins and the painted fireplace surround completely change the look. Just beautiful!

  5. Gorgeous room reveal, I am loving that new rug of yours! The fireplace turned out beautiful and all the little details you added are spectacular. Very nice my friend!

  6. LOVE it Aniko! It’s so bright and those brilliant pops of colour bring so much warmth to the space! And that rug …. {swoon}!

  7. wow. what a transformation.

    My fig has lived for 8 months now, but hasnt grown any… some days I wonder if they sent me a fake plant!

  8. Nope, can’t believe it’s the same room! Painting the brick and adding the built-ins were two wise choices. They completely transformed the space. I just banished the yellow walls in my ORC dining room too. Paint makes all the difference! It looks so much brighter and welcoming.

  9. I have wasted so much time this morning, staring and drooling at your room. It’s seriously gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration…as always! You really have talent.

    Can’t stop staring…

    1. Erin, I am glad to hear that you wasted your precious time on my blog.:-) I appreciate every minute you waste here and I hope you always leave with inspiration. The room…yeah, ya know..it’s my favorite room in the house now for sure:-) Thanks for visiting!!Xo

      1. I realize now how ‘waste’ was the total incorrect word to use and apologize as it sounds negative. I think the guilt of ignoring the pressing list of things to do while I drooled at your space for so long might have impacted the use of that word. I don’t view it as a waste of my time at all though and would ignore things all over all gain for it! 🙂 Thanks and kudos again!

  10. Oh Aniko I just LOVE this bright and beautiful family room! You have done it again my friend with your eye for design and major DIY’s! I have to say the built in shelves and the fireplace are my faves adding the biggest impact to brightening this room! That rug is STUNNING and would be the one thing I wish I had in my budget. BRAVO on yet another fab ORC room my friend! XOXO, Sarah

      1. I love this so much! Where did you get your hanging planter?! and the other baskets that have your plants!

        1. Thank you so much, Julia! I got the wicker hanging planter at IKEA few years ago and I found the macrame hanger at GoodWill:-) The large basket for the Fiddle Fig Tree is from Home Goods and the other little basket was a great Goodwill find. Can you tell I am a Goodwill lover? 🙂 Have a great day!

    1. Aww..You are so sweet, Jennifer. You hit the nail on a head: I just LOVE, love, love layering textures.:-) And thanks for your kind words on my artwork and photography!! Xo

    1. Julia, I needed a #shelfie ( for a long time:-) and now we got it done. I envisioned it forever in here but never got around it. That’s one reason why I love ORC so much as it makes me actually GET THINGS DONE. Thanks for your sweet words! XXOO

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