Our Family Room


Apr 18, 2011

I never thought I would say this but I am sick of shopping.  I know, call the shopping Gods and tell them that one of their finest has fallen.  I am sick of crowds, sick of loading and unloading the car, sick of returning things, sick of spending money.

OK, now that I have that off my chest I can start to tell you a little bit about my weekend. Our new house has a living room and a family room.  We had great furniture from Ethan Allen to put in the family room but the living room was empty.  I thought it would be practical to make the living room more of a cozy den because it is smaller and has a nice fireplace and a view of the backyard.  Ikea has these great chaise lounges that I love, that have the comfort of a chair and Ottoman combination for a fraction of the price.

We decided to go to Ikea to pick up the chaises instead of having them delivered, what an ordeal!  Between the kid who pooped on the floor in the living room section, the mass crowds of people, and the size of the boxes, next time I will pay the $80 to let UPS bring them.  To make matters worse, we decided to get a TV stand and a dresser that day too!

Our house is only 10 minutes from Ikea so we took two trips with our new goodies, the first trip with the smaller cabinet boxes and the second trip with the lounges.  Chris was convinced that the boxes would fit if we tired the back door of our SUV down with the string Ikea provides that is as cheap as everything else inside their store.  After we loaded the boxes into the truck and tied them down Chris confessed that he was too scared to drive the car, he wanted me to drive, Ha!  I couldn’t believe it but I drove away anyway.  Once I put the car into drive the back door started to beep and it beeped ALL THE WAY HOME!  Chris was cracking up in the passenger seat while I was stuck driving with people passing me giving me dirty looks.  I was at a stop light and I really wanted to roll my window down and ask the car next to me if they could hear the beeping and where they thought it was coming from but I didn’t.

Once we got home we unloaded the car and Chris started to put together the TV stand which turned into a 4 hour project.  I couldn’t handle it because I have no patience.  If it was up to me I would have gone to Pottery Barn and just had everything delivered.  I know that the prices at Ikea are really low but is it worth it?  He spent the next day (5 hours) putting together the dresser we bought, I will show you that once I finish our bedroom.

Chris putting together the TV stand, poor guy!

Here is the reveal of the living room, thank God it is all set up now because after our trip to Ikea it was good to put our feet up and relax!

This is the view of the living room from the door of the family room.  This room
has an adjoining door to the kitchen and the laundry room with a half bath.  I chose
the navy fabric because it would coordinate with the other furniture in the house.  The 
chaise covers come in lots of other colors so if I get sick of the navy I can
order another color and change the look of the entire room.
 Our new TV stand, Chris did a great job putting it together.
Finally, after 18 months of living without a TV we decided to 
buy one.  Chris was given a Sony Google TV at Christmas from 
Google so we are using that instead of cable for now.
View of the backyard and the TV from the new lounger…
Ikea had these cute pillows that coordinated well with the rest of the room…
The lighting in this room is great because there is a giant skylight…
Harper really likes the skylight because she can sunbath, typical California blonde!
I set up a little area with baskets for storage and a lamp 
behind the lounges, I am not sure what I am going to add 
it but I am sure I will find something!
I unpacked some of my paperweights to put on the shelf…
I look forward to spending a lot of time in this room!  We had the screen door open
on Sunday and grilled on the patio for lunch.  (I put our yellow rug in front of the TV
to bring out the yellows in the room for now…)
I propped old family photos on the mantel for now, I am sure I will add to it and change
things around.  The best part of this room is that it didn’t cost much to do!


  • jennifer

    Very nice Mandy! I love that it is so cozy a great room to read in. I have the same love and hate relationship with Ikea. The first time we went I think Rob was ready to have a break down. But you can't beat the prices. I love my kitchen chairs and table.

  • Eliza

    Congrats! It looks wonderful!

  • jennibell

    Thanks for the Ikea tips. . .still haven't bought anything but picture frames there. . .
    Good for you, getting the room together so quickly. If it was my house it would have stayed empty (or a dumping ground) for 6 months — ha!

  • Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder

    Okay. I need to be blunt-fully honest with you. I jealous. I just want to grab a book and test out one of your new chaise lounges.

  • Erin

    It's a very cozy, comfortable looking room! I could definitely see myself relaxing on one of those chaises. :)

  • Anonymous

    It's way too cold and simplified for me. I like a living room with less light, bigger furniture, a variety of media to be considered ie. books, magazines, music, dvd…lamps to add light. I do enjoy the tiediness of it. <3

  • Amanda Kuzak

    Anonymous, I wouldn't describe it as cold at all, all of that natural light really warms it up!

  • Mark and Ashlie

    What a cozy room! I like how you left some spots to finish up later! Those are always fun to find things for down the road. The simplified place will be a great spot to de-stress and refresh! Can't wait to see how it changes as you get settled into your new home!

  • Linda Lee

    Ikea is great. My daughter bought a sofa about 3 or 4 years ago and it is like new. Has a white cover and she washes it and put it back on while still slightly damp. The sofa is comfortable and quite stable. Your tv stand looks good. Usually men do not have patience to put something like that together without having a hissy fit. Congratulations to you for choosing such a good mate. You have a great deal of wisdom.

  • Lisa

    What a mess! But it was all worth it in the end! I love the chaises! I seriously always tell my husband that I wish it was popular to have beds in family rooms so you could watch tv while laying down. Why not? So I LOVE that you did this!

  • Lauren

    This room looks amazing and so inviting! Where is that rug from (the yellow one?)

  • Tammy @ Type A

    i love it, can i come watch a movie with you? looks great. i have a party going on right now, would love if you shared this. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/04/anything-goes-party-13.html

  • Amanda Kuzak

    Lauren, the rug is from Pottery Barn, I bought it at the outlet 3 years ago for $30

  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    Hi there~ Ohh your post just cracks me up!! I apologize! I have ventured into Ikea just a couple of times… YES their prices are amazing! But I get lost every time I go in there… no quick running in and out- I need a map to find my way around! lol! Your new space looks lovely- glad you made it safely home with your purchases! :) Thanks for sharing at FNF~ Have a wonderful weekend!

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