It’s been 2 months since we moved to our new home. I remember 9 months pregnant and doing house hunting. We even visited our current home at sunset and we fell in love with it right away. The night before my C-section we found out that someone else got the house. It was a day mixed with disappointment from losing the house and anticipation for our new baby.
But I always believed in the saying that what is meant for you will always be yours. 2 weeks after giving birth our wonderful realtor called us to let us know that the property is still available since the first buyers backed out. We were so excited but really buying a house is not all fun. Let’s just say that there were a lot of sleepless nights and prayers said.
When we did our first visit the family room land on my favorite part of the house list right away. My brain went to work, imagining where should I put things or how am I going to fit our furniture. But what truly got my heart are the built in shelves and cabinets. I told myself, I will totally make this into one of those Pinterest ideas shelves. Of course, it never happened. First of all, my boys needs the space. My husband is a collector of toys and it seems like he has the same thing in mind. To make the story short, we end up compromising, letting his collection shine on top and the rest goes to me and the kids. I love those cabinets, it just created space for all of our stuff. It gives a feeling that everything has it’s own space. Although, I wouldn’t say that everything is organized inside those cabinets. Ha!
The next question I had in my mind was how am I going to create a space that makes the fireplace and tv accessible. And as always, we all have different views. My husband definitely chose to face the sofa to the tv and ignore the fireplace. But it is such a beautiful focal point to be ignored. So, we end up putting our old sofa in the middle of the room. Even our old entry table made the empty space behind the sofa complete. I don’t think anyone really loved our green sofa, I chose that long time ago thinking a pop of color will make the room brighter. It was one of those furniture that is hard to pair with anything but in this house it just seems to fit in, since we are surrounded by nature.
Though we have cabinets I still made use of our shelves from our previous home. I had always wanted the kids to be able to have a space for their art or Lego creations instead of leaving it on the floor. It is a reminder that they are capable of putting away their own stuff. Also, we kept their kids table and chair. It created a perfect spot for learning and daydreaming.
Another favorite of mine is the large area rug where the kids could play and sit around freely. I always tell them that this is their space and they can play or do art as they please. Probably, a strategy I taught of to prevent them from leaving toys all over the house.
The family room is truly an explosion of our personalities. A lot of times it’s a mess. Still, it is a place where we get to sit and be ourselves. I was thinking so hard to clean everything before I take the pictures but it would be a lie to make everyone think that I have a perfectly clean family room. Reality is, this room gets messy and not everything in the cabinet are organized. But at the end of the day what matters is the memories created in this room.