Family Room Textile Teaser

The first pillow cover that we’re working into our family room arrived over the weekend.  It’s gorgeous.  It’s thick and soft and well constructed. 

I mentioned I wanted to introduce chocolate as an accent color when I talked about our mood board here, and this is the exact color I was thinking of.  You can see a similar pillow color I presented in our mood board:

Number 2, second from the right.  The one I ended up getting is from the same Etsy shop, Whitlock & Co., but instead of a lumbar pillow, we decided to go for a larger square size that would complement our huge couch a little better.

That mustardy, chartreuse houndstooth pillow also featured in our original mood board (Numero 9 for reference) is also from Whitlock & Co..  Unfortunately, it sold out.  Drat.  But she does have a soft gray version that I am eyeing. Impeccable taste going on in that shop.

As far as other textiles and colors go in the room, we are creating a very neutral, soothing backdrop.  Perfect for layering in pops of color, but still keeping things cozy in a way that a relaxing family/tv room should.  Here’s what we have decided on so far:

 1.  We’re covering the walls with Zinc.  It’s a Martha Stewart paint color.  A warm, and quite dark gray.  The family room gets a lot of natural light.  A lot!  Which is great, but it is important to keep in mind when choosing a paint color.  We knew we needed to go a few shades darker to really get the cozy factor that we wanted and Zinc will hopefully fit the vision.

2.  Although our mood board featured a taupe sofa (the Lounge from Crate and Barrel), we ended up going with a light gray microfiber.  I think I let Chris ultimately choose the color and textile for the sofa.  He let me have the carpet I wanted and he got to pick the sofa upholstery.  It’ll be soft in every definition of the word.  See?:

3.  I wanted to pull some warmth in with the carpet tones.  I fell in love with Greta’s carpet last year, so we are going with the same design (Martha Stewart Winterthur), but I went pretty dark for the same reasons we went darker with the paint color.  Brook Trout, definitely brown, but it is a grayish brown compared to other samples won and will be installed on Thursday.  We’ll give you all the details on the carpet pad we chose and final pics once it is in.

4.  We got the Kivik chaise from Ikea we featured in our original mood board.  I shopped and shopped for a great chaise that would fit into our budget and this is the winner.  It was about $350 for the chaise and this dark charcoal cover.  Bargain.

Those are the textiles we have in order right now.  What do you think?  Grim city?  A little dull?  Keep in mind we wanted to keep a lot of the major elements of the room neutral so that we could easily change accent colors down the road if we feel like it.  Are you feelin’ it?

P.S.  Whitlock & Co. is offering our readers 15% anything in the shop for a solid week.  Use the code CHRISJULIA15.  I may have to get myself a few more pillow covers. Loving this and this.


  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Thanks Nicole! Our couch found a new home with a nice couple….the girl was pregnant. Hahaha. Let’s hope they still like it when the baby comes.

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    Love those pillows!! I recently made an ottoman out of the same material in a turquoise color. I LOVE it! It def. got my attention for your room. Your mood board makes me want to settle in with a blanket an watch some movies!

  • LOVE the fabric choice. Really rich and warm. YOU must be so excited for basement progress.

    P.S. Congrats on totally kicking butt on AT – I’m voting for you and hope you win! That would be so awesome :D

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Oh! Turquoise sounds so pretty. Thanks, Teresa!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    I am a huge fan of all the gray. I’ve loved gray as long as I can remember. It IS nice to be able to change the pops of color as you please. But I wouldn’t know because we’re constantly house-sitting. :)

    I really like that brown pillow as well. I’m imagining holding it and snuggling it right now. It works.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    The countdown is in full effect! 7-9 weeks sounds right. I guess that means we’re looking at April. I can’t. wait! I was just thinking it’s been awhile since you sewed something. I am gearing up for a minor sewing session. Me and a couple curtains.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Jessie McKinley

    everything looks great!! i really love it. my parents have some carpet very similar to that, and it is awesome. also, i’ve never heard of whitlock & co so thanks for the intro! i LOVE pillows and i definitely need some new ones. question though–almost all etsy shops only sell the covers. where do you buy your inserts??

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    It’s probably a good thing your old couch wouldn’t fit in our house… because I’ve been telling Jeff I want a grey microfiber couch for the past 3 years. He kindly reminded me of that when I talked to him about buying yours. Oh yeah. ;) I have to remind myself never to make big purchases while pregnant because I forget things and make lame decisions. haha. LOVE LOVE your room. The neutrals really compliment each other well. ahhh, it’s coming together slowly but surely. You guys are amazing!

  • Reply December 31, 2012


    Those pillows!!!! Love. I am always on the hunt at Joann’s to find new fabric to cover my living room pillows. I need to just get my butt moving and committ already! Your color choices are making me want to be more daring.

    Love the couch. What’s the countdown now? 7-9 weeks??? You guys better video the first time you all sit on it!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Our Humble A{Bowe}d

    Love the mood board! I think the pops of color paired with neutrals are beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you do in the space. :)

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