Design Showcase: Family Friendly Living Room

Several years ago, I used to play "interior designer" and design reader's spaces for free! You can see the series here. It was a fun, creative outlet and I really enjoyed getting to know my readers better. But of course, it's a lot of work the series went on a hiatus! 

Well, I'm happy to tell you that Morgan reached out recently and asked if I could put some ideas together for her family room. Here's what she had to say:

I remember a long time ago you did some design help/room inspiration posts and I was wondering if you still did that. My living room may be the most awkward room and despite living her for four years, it has barely changed. I am completely stuck, especially when it comes to art because all the walls are weird and small. I have a two year old and am pregnant with our second and I all of a sudden feel a crazy urge to get it done!! Let me know if you are still up for ideas!

Morgan also let me know that the couch and chair needed to stay but everything else could be is a peek into her space:

You can see that the dark furniture makes the space pretty dark and there's not too much personality {ie: color and pattern} except for that darling rainbow pom garland in the doorway!

Pillows 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + Rug

I wanted to bring in some color and pattern and this rug is just the ticket! It has some yellow and turquoise in it which is why I chose the yellow console and turquoise all the fun pillows! Plus, we all know how valuable storage is, which is why I love incorporating pretty baskets to store away toys. Most of these items are very affordable which is exactly what you want for kiddos! I also suggested painting the walls white to brighten up the space and considering these bamboo shades for additional texture.

So what do you think? Anything you change or suggest?

Thanks for letting me play along Morgan...I hope you can incorporate some of these updates to make the room feel more personalized and functional for your growing family! :)

xo natasha


  1. I used to love these posts! The room looks great, you really have an eye for design.

  2. They have a similar ottoman at our TJ Maxx right now.

  3. I always felt like carpet+rug+kids=a rumpled mess, maybe that's just my crazy children? I think some curtains, hung high and wide around those windows, would bring in great color and texture- especially up higher in the room. These? Also, a storage box for toys would be helpful, cause there are only going to be more with a new baby! Could you get a coffee table that is a storage chest? What about a padded bench under the window that opens?

  4. this is so fun! i love the throw pillows you picked out! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  5. Thank you, Natasha!!!! You were so sweet and I so appreciate your advice!! Can't wait to incorporate all the fun, bright colors!! So happy! You are the best ❤️

    1. So glad you're happy with it! If/when you make updates, be sure to send me pictures!! :)

  6. Interior designing in low budget is actually in art so we must control budget for this purpose

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