Cottage KERF: Downstairs Living


I left off just after the storage wall and office area. If you do a 180 from my desk, you’ll find this cozy family room!

There is a sweet curved wall on the right there where I have hung a string of Victory Garden postcards that match the larger posters I have. They add a pop of color to an otherwise white, hard-to-decorate space.


Here’s what the family room looked like when we first moved in and bought a couch. Pretty empty!


And here it is dressed up and settled in:


Continuing around the stair wall, you’ll see the couch faces our entertainment center and TV


And from my cozy spot, you can see back to my desk and the nice view outside


And lastly, the view from the TV corner:


If you had asked me during our house hunt if I cared about a family room verses living room, I would have said naaah. Why would I need two living rooms? Now I get it! You have your formal living room to look perfect and entertain guests and your family room for super comfy ugly couches!


This couch is not the prettiest but it is most definitely the most comfortable ever – especially with the massive ottoman! We actually had plans for a sectional, but those turned out to be too expensive or just uncomfortable at the stores we visited. Our second try was a much bigger version of this couch, but it wouldn’t fit!!!!!! We tried everything short of cutting a hole in the wall and had to send it back and exchange it for the loveseat version. This couch is perfect for two, crowded for three and overflow to the chair for four.


We got this rug from – really like the colors and design and it was inexpensive for its size too.


Our chairs (the other one is in the living room) are from Karen – she had them custom made in the 90s. I hated to split them up, but we really needed one per room, and it’s worked out well. Black + white punch in both spaces! The pillow covers I bought on Etsy. I love the pattern and bright color, but they are smaller than I had hoped and wrinkle easily, so I am not sure I’d recommend them for a living room.


Our entertainment center is also a piece of Karen’s that was too big for her current house. It’s super nice and we were thrilled to house it for her. I just hope she doesn’t ever ask for it back! The TV is a hand-me-down from Emily and Casey!! It hums sometimes so they got a new one and we happily accepted our first flat screen :) The lanterns on the side were a wedding gift from Pottery Barn housing a 26 candle set I bought for my birthday : )


I keep this giant basket of blankets next to the couch – the basket was also Karen’s!! No idea where she got it.


The posters in the family room are all foodie related :) The Victory Garden posters were an OpenSky featured item last year. I framed them in these from Amazon. The Lettuce Turnip The Beet is from Etsy (mom’s birthday gift) and is framed in this!


The final station in the family room is this little cut out  nook that serves as a printer/office supplies area as well as miscellaneous bookcase storage. The fancy ladies prints are Godey’s Lady’s Book [one of the most popular publications for women of the 19th century] and were framed by my grandmother.


I have one more “wing” to show you last: the guest room, guest bath, laundry room and brewery!

Downstairs Living

Couch: Klaussner purchased at Grand Home Furnishings

Armchair, side tables and lamp, entertainment center, basket: all from Karen

Floor lamp: Pottery Barn Sutter

Posters: Victory Garden and Lettuce Turnip The Beet

Pillows: Etsy Glam Design

Frames: Amazon and Amazon

Rug: SoHo Autumn from Overstock

Bookshelf: Pier 1

Table: Pier 1 Shanghai

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Just beautiful. It just looks so warm and inviting. I can’t wait to buy a big comfy couch!!


2 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Absolutely stunning! Yeah I’d definitely need the two spaces if for no reason than to decorate them both! :-)


3 Karen January 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Good job coordinating all these different styles, Kath. It works really well. I’m thinking re. checking out myself. I especially like all the hand-me-downs from Karen. (They all look C+B ish to me, which tends to be my decor preference -clean lines.)


4 kate January 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Great space! I think the 3 prints on the back wall would make far more impact grouped together over the couch. A floor length mirror would be lovely to the right of the couch, reflecting light from the window over the desk (Ikea sells great ones cheap!).


5 Katie January 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm

The space is already beautiful, but I think both of these suggestions are great!


6 Alyse January 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I love the idea of putting blankets in a basket. I have one folded up and put on the back of the couch and likewise with the chair. I never liked them there but didn’t want to get them out of the closet every time I wanted a blanket. I could easily put a basket under an inn table. Thanks for the idea. 😉


7 Annie January 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Where is the couch from? It looks so comfy!


8 Dee January 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I love it all. You have such a good eye for design!


9 [email protected] for the Soul January 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

All I can say is “WOOOOOW”. Everything looks perfect and so appealing to look at! The blanket basket is such a clever idea, and the rug and the curved wall~very beautiful. 😀


10 [email protected] January 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Man I love that curved wall!!


11 Balancing Sylvia January 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Fantastic use of space chica! I love all of the colors. I hadn’t seen your “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” picture yet. It’s so funny and awesome 😀


12 VeggieGirl January 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

adorable! Love the way you decorated the ‘hard to decorate’ space! I cant wait to buy couches! We have some hand me downs at the moment, functional but not as nice as what I saw in stores recently. My man and I are saving money to travel more of the world though so dont want to invest in big ticket furniture if we are just going to sell it


13 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Very nice! I like the comfy couch and ottoman! You can settle right in!


14 Mom January 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Love the mention of Godey’s Lady’s Book. Sarah Josepha Hale (editor, and the champion of having Thanksgiving made into a national holiday), would be pleased.


15 Jen January 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

“…to look perfect”. Ah Kath – life’s not about being perfect! :) But I know what you mean 😉

Love the wall hangings. I have no clue when it comes to that stuff!


16 Hillary January 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I ADORE that couch and the gigantic ottoman. Love it.


17 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Love it! Looks so comfy.


18 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles January 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Very cool. Please come decorate my house. The Victory Garden art is my favorite. Can’t wait to see your place in Better Homes and Gardens.


19 Jill Will Run January 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I love what you did to hang stuff on the curved wall? Did you make that yourself? I just moved into a new home and my front entry is curved and I wasn’t sure how to hang stuff in there. That may just be a solution for me! :-)


20 KathEats January 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Yeah, I just took wire and wrapped it around nails and then pinned the postcards up with clips. Took me 5 minutes!


21 Jill Will Run January 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Nice! Thanks!


22 Janet January 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I grew up in a home with a family room and a living room. As a kid (I was 6 when we moved there) we got to play in the family room and were allowed to leave messes there. The living room was for the adults. Our parents brought us there and bored us then we went back the family to play.
When I buy a home, that is something I totally want. Totally jealous of that space and the freedom to do what you want.


23 Lena @Fit on the Rocks January 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I love your space. I really want to try to get my living areas to look that cozy, but I get caught up in the undergrad mindframe where I think I’m going to be moving soon, so why bother, but I’m not an undergrad anymore. Time to learn to decorate.


24 Angel7 January 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I absolutely love the string of postcards–like I said before, you are sooo creative!!!


25 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 7, 2012 at 7:29 am

I would be planted on that love seat every day after work! Your home is lovely.


26 Kristen January 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Good solution on the curved wall! Its nice your basement gets so much light…must keep it from feeling to basement-y. Love the rug!


27 Jen on the Edge January 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I’m actually considering adding a new living space to our house: Turning our middle schoolers’ toy/Lego room into their own hang out space because I’m really tired of sharing my living room with them and their friends. :-)


28 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thanks for the links to the frames!! I’m looking for a few to frame posters from our local farmers market and that rustic pine one looks great. Local frame shops are so pricey! Love Amazon.


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