So, the rug. We purchased a lovely one which brought some new colors into our room, mainly blues and greys which I found very soothing and fresh. Then, because the rug was smaller and exposed more of the hardwood floor, I suddenly didn't like how the exposed bricks on the fireplace looked anymore. And so I painted them ... farmhouse style.
I was starting to like the brightness of the room and decided to make some additional changes. After deciding what would stay (the couch) and what would not be changed (the wall color since it was painted recently) I reevaluated everything else.
Before long I replaced our brown coffee table and our wooden end tables. Then the window panels, artwork, couch cushions, and even the coffee table accessories.
My favorite purchase was the coffee table. It took some searching because I didn't want anything brand new but rather something with a little character. After visiting antique stores and browsing online, I finally found exactly what I was looking for at Consign Design, a local furniture consignment shop.
And now we have a new, updated family room anchored by a very nice rug which was the genesis for all these changes. I'm still tweaking a few things. I'm not sure about the artwork over the fireplace (I think I want something with a dark frame for the contrast), the reading chair in the opposite corner needs to be replaced, we need some lamps, and I may change out the window panels for something with a bit more color, but give me another week or so and I will have everything done.
In the meantime, here is the result (so far) ...
Family Room: Before
Family Room: After
P.S. In case you're wondering, here is where I got everything (most of it on sale or on clearance!):
rug: Home Depot
curtains: Pier One
coffee table: Consign Design
end tables: Carolina Pottery
artwork: Pier One
couch cushions: Target