Updating a Room That Works For The Whole Family, Before and After

Over the the years, our family rooms in different homes have been through the wringer...sticky fingers, red Gatorade (in spite of rules), slumber parties, puppies, kids lounging after soccer/basketball/lacrosse/ballet/cheerleading practice...   

Yeah, I get it.  Life. I just draw the line at keeping the dog food bin in the middle of the room.
If you know me (most of you do), I bet you would say I'm pretty nice.  But when Angela asked for my help refurbishing her family room... 
I said "Angela, the dog food bin is a deal breaker."  She was a bit surprised...but you have to set your ground rules.
Also, the art was not right and ... the wainscoting ended in a funny place...  Oh and the television was not centered.  Lots of bad news, right?  But you know how I like to work with the existing situation!

And now after...same sectional and map...just rearranged with less stuff.
The velvet pillows and suzani lumbar are from Pottery Barn (budget friendly) and the far left and right are linen and custom made by Liana...adds elegance (have to splurge a bit).  Angela also treated herself the RH oatmeal cashmere throw...which is a luxury stamp I like to do for most clients (just different colors).
A round coffee table is good with a sectional.  This one is from Restoration Hardware.
The darker hand knotted Moroccan rug (good with a black labrador) is also from Restoration Hardware.

We centered the television and flanked the existing console with RH shelves.
Angela met me at Pottery Barn and we picked up a few accessories, and I used what she had and brought
the fresh ivy plant in the antique rice bucket.
Have to accommodate everyone's best friend.  And notice the new wainscoting installed by Angela's husband and son???  Bravo.  Much better.
This is a great blue stone topped table.  And Angela found the new lamps.

Angela and I have come so far together!  From me telling her to ditch the dog food bin to her buying the hammered metal bowl...that I was thinking she should get when I was in Target!  Like minds.

I cut the colorful branches from her front yard.

Get in here and relax, family :)
Thanks for visiting and HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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Napa and Thoughtful Thanksgiving Table Ideas

It was fun in Napa with Cindy Hattersley.  In addition to the show house, we did a little shopping.
I bought this heavy linen apron for my brother and sister-in-law who are hosting Thanksgiving in Palm Desert, California next week.

While in Napa, we spent the night at the Napa River Inn...gotta love a place that serves a little wine while registering...

And I loved shopping at Sonoma Country Antiques...a great mix antique, vintage and new. Cindy pointed out that with this stores proximity to SF, I could even run over on a Saturday.

We had a great lunch at Cindy's Back Street Kitchen ...love the decor!

Last year, we had Thanksgiving at our cousins, Linda and Ted's house.  It was a large group with one "grown-up" table in russets and one in aqua.

Colorful flowers tied everything together.

Everyone had a place card.

Three generations here...
and a fourth generation...

Speaking of place cards, Lisa at "Shine Your Light" created these custom ones with menus.   And "instead of torturing her family" to come up with reasons aloud why they are grateful, they have quotes to read such as
"Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast".
There are some cute place card settings here.

You can see how I made this tablescape here.
Say hello to my brother wearing his new apron...
see you Thursday, Jimbo and Nancy!
Hope you are having a great weekend!!!