Family Room Mini-Makeover

When I woke up yesterday morning, the plan was to frame these estate sale prints of Kansas City fountain sketches and hang them in the entryway.

Kansas City Fountain Drawings

By the end of the day, the family room had gotten a mini-makeover instead.

Art surrounding TV

I really, really wanted to have the prints custom framed. But because there were four of them, and because I don’t have a large framing budget – or any framing budget at all as a matter of fact – ready-made frames it was

Frame closeup

After the prints were in the frames, it turned out they were a great fit for the TV wall in the family room. The same wall I stare at and mentally decorate during commercials or slow spots in movies or basketball timeouts.

Framed fountain print

The only before picture I could put my hands on was this one from Christmas. You can see all the blank wall space above the TV.

Family Room Christmas

I knew I wanted to put art around the TV, but I wasn’t sure how to start. Turns out these prints were my starting point.

Family Room TV View

In addition to the fountain prints, I added a drawing of the house my husband, Tom, grew up in.

House Art

It  had been hanging in a hallway upstairs and was ready for a more primetime location (no TV pun intended, but there it is). Eventually I’d like to add some other, smaller prints on either side of the TV to give it all more of a collage look.

I also moved Tom’s grandmother’s chair in here from the living room – to make room for the french chairs that are now at the upholsterer’s – and I’m really liking it here.

Family room art around TV

I like how the white chair repeats the white background of the prints. That’s something I was having a little bit of a hard time with because the white background of the prints is really white.

TV wall

I also like that the black frames repeat the black in the TV. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they disguise it, but it looks a bit less boxy and severe on that wall, I think.

Family room wall

I moved what had been hanging in the corner by the TV to another wall above another chair in the family room.

Family Room clock and prints

The clock is from Tom’s high school. We bought it at a school auction when we were first married. The prints below it are from our trip to Boston.

Boston prints

They’re the kind of prints you buy on the street from what you think is a street artist and you feel all sophisticated because you’re the kind of person who brings back art from your travels. And then you realize the same prints are for sale everywhere around the city, including a kiosk in the mall. Ha!

Bunny pillow

And despite the new round of snow we got this weekend, there’s a bunny pillow on the chair. Because it’s March. And March means spring. Despite what the weather is doing.

Boxwood in urn

In fact I’m adding spring wherever I can. Like boxwood clippings in an urn.

Family Room fireplace view

And white flowers from Trader Joe’s on the fireplace.

White flowers in clear vase

And there’s one more tiny detail about this room I want to share with you. But as I started to write about it I realized it deserved it’s own post. So I’ll see you in a day or two with that.

This post is part of Share It Sunday, Sunday Link-UpMetamorphosis Monday, Centerpiece Wednesday, and The Scoop.

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  1. The room is looking good! I really like the frames alot, who needs custom framing! Did you buy them at a big box craft store? They are very nice. Entire room is perfect.

    1. Thank you, Sherri. Yes, bought them at Michael’s at half off. 🙂

  2. They look perfect Julie. You picked a very classic frame for them. Love how they look above your TV. You have great style. Can’t wait to see your next post.

    1. Thanks for those nice comments, Yarlette. 🙂

  3. Those frames look great with the pictures! How lucky to find something that works that well! I like how you hung them – looks perfect! Love the alstromeria- I got some too and they’ve held up wonderfully!

  4. Love your spring touches.

    I host a weekly link party called Seasonal Sundays. I’d love to have you link your post. The link goes up at 7 pm EST on Saturday. Hope to see you then.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  5. Philomena says:

    Love the bunny pillow that always says “welcome spring!”

  6. Julie, it all looks really nice! Little changes that made a big impact! I love the drawing of your husband’s house and that it’s in a more prominent place. You have a lovely home!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  7. Hi Julie,
    I think this is my first visit to your blog. I clicked on your link on the Spring Linky Party and I’m so glad I popped in to visit. The prints look lovely above your TV along with that sketch of your husband’s childhood home. And the bunny pillow is adorable! March says spring to me, too!

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