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Before and After: Finishing a Family Room

Sometimes a room is just hard to finish.

You’ve got paint on the walls, treatments on the windows, the important pieces of furniture in place, but you’re just not quite there yet.  You run out of the time, ideas and energy needed for taking things from just “fine” to “fantastic”.

This is a predicament many of our clients face. It was the case for a super sweet and very busy family we worked with recently.  They had a wonderful space for a family room.  Great cathedral ceilings, wood floors, a fireplace, nice blinds on the windows and the perfect leather sofa.  But the room needed “finishing” and we were so happy to be able to help.


Here’s a look at the room before:

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They were close – 75% of the way there.  This room just needed life on the walls, accessories and a few small pieces of furniture to look pulled together and live up to it’s real potential.


Here’s the finished family room.


Hello fantastic!

The rug and coffee table were updated with fresh, neutral pieces.

And there were TV and stereo components that needed a home.

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They found one in an adorable media cabinet that is perfect for this spot.




The empty corner and huge blank wall over the sofa…


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Taken care of with a large arching lamp and a family photo gallery.




This corner with huge potential…

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Was brought to life as a cozy seating area with a comfy chair and ottoman from another room in the home and some colorful artwork.




A console table that was already behind the sofa…

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Was the perfect place for adding visual interest with some accessories.




And this area near the fireplace…


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Was the just the right spot for a woven armchair that brings both extra seating and some wonderful texture into the room.




Was the room fine before?  Yes, it was just fine and functional.


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But now it is finished and fantastic!



And isn’t finished better than fine?  And fantastic better than functional?


It is better, happier and makes you want to be in the space.  Are there rooms in your home that you don’t really want to be in?  Perhaps it’s because they’re not quite “finished”.

So press on, finish that room, make it a fantastic place you can’t wait to come home to.  A place you really want to be!



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This entry was posted in: Interior Design


Ashley and her partner Sheli Fierstine are co-owners of Staged for Style. A Northern Virginia based home staging and interior design business. When they are not staging or decorating they are busy with kids, husbands, dogs, Guinea Pigs and the like. They both believe passionately that your home should be the place you most love to be and that a well loved home is attainable for anyone.


  1. Jenine Charske says

    You guys are Awesome!!!!
    You turn boring into Hollywood!!!
    Keep up the good work !!

  2. annette says

    I LOVE before and afters! Can’t wait for you to do our whole new house. Annette


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