Smith House Family Room Makeover

Smith House Family Room Makeover — We went from drab to fab with this family room makeover featuring Article pieces and some of my favorite decor hacks…

looking between two doors into a family room

dining room article table and living room view

Man, I love a good before and after! We’ve been slowly helping design new spaces for my mother in law, and it’s been a super satisfying process to see the before and afters side by side. 

We originally partnered with Article on for her transitional living room makeover last year, and this year we’re doing a reveal on the new family room!

Here’s a look at the space before we started on it…

The Before Photos

before dark living room photo

before dining dark room photo

horizontal before dark living room

photo of an article sofa and two chairs

Our Home Makeover Goals

Aside from modernizing the furniture, my biggest goal was to brighten this room and rework the layout to feel more open. 

I also wanted to totally design the TV area since that’s a big focal point in this space. 

To do that, the tan walls got repainted white, the shelves behind the TV were removed, and we started with a clean slate on the furniture…

styled bookshelves behind a sofa


end table between two chairs

looking between two doors into a family room

Furniture Updates

Rather than having heavy, dark sofas blocking the flow of the room, we decided on the Sven sofa from Article in birch white, and paired it with two Matrix Pacific Blue chairs on the opposite side. 

That opened up the space a ton, allowing it to flow both from the double french door entrance and from the kitchen entrance. 

We also sized up the rug and tied in the brighter color scheme with a Loloi Javari Sunset rug, and updated the lighting with Craftmade pieces. 

Rather than having the shelfing behind the TV, we replaced it with a shiplap accent wall and a single floating white shelf, and an adjustable TV mount.

photo of a family room makeover with tv and bookshelf

an angled look of a dining room table and chair

The family room is in one large space with the kitchen and breakfast area, so we also updated the kitchen fixture with a Craftmade chandelier and the Conan Dining table from Article. 

If you haven’t shopped Article pieces online, then you need to hop to it! They offer free shipping over $999, which is a steal for white glove delivery at that price point. Especially for the high-quality furniture that’s already an amazing deal. 

Jared insists he wished we had gotten an Article breakfast table instead of the one we bought here in Houston, haha. Our love for them runs deep!

horizontal photo of a family room makeover

photo of a family room with tv and coffe table

an angled photo of a family room makeover

We also kept the new Sven sofa at an angle to work with the existing layout of this awkward corner, and made DIY shelving with stained wood and matte black brackets to add interest to the corner without it feeling cluttered.

angled view of living room with tv and bookshelf

front view of the tv and living room makeover

Complete Room Sources

photo of a pair of family room chairs in the living room

tv with bookshelf

I hope ya’ll love this space as much as I do, and as always, feel free to leave me questions in the comments!

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  1. Great shot! It’s such a great idea and interior decoration, love it as it was so minimalist. By doing this decoration we also get to reminisce such memory on every photo. LOVE IT 💋

    Sending love,

  2. Thanks for the blog loaded with so much information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for.

    1. Thanks, Suzy! Totally agree! The new chairs make such a huge difference in opening up the space compared to the old ones!

  3. Hi could you please share more details of the paint colour that you used for the walls. The paint name & colour. Thanks

    1. Hi Ash! Of course. The paint color is from Behr and the color is Simply White. We’ll add that info too in the blog post so other’s know! XOXO

  4. I looooove our new room! So much brighter and modern. Just makes me happy when I walk in the room! Thanks sooo much! Turned out prrfect!😍❤😘