Before and After: Tobi’s Family Room

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I know how much y’all love before and after stories.  My family room didn’t always look like this!  Today I’m giving you a before and after tour of my family room so you can see the transformation for yourself.

As you can see, painting the exisiting bookcases made a huge impact.  And adding french doors to the patio make entertaining much easier!

I added another set of french doors on the opposite side of the fireplace.

The new color scheme is much more cheerful for my family.  The crimson was too dark!

I painted the trim around the fireplace for a cleaner look.  I also mounted the television above the fireplace so that it was viewable from all three seating areas.


This is the approximate layout of the family room of the previous owners.

As you can see, even by adding 2 sets of french doors to the room, I was able to dramatically increase the seating in the awkward space.

 "Tobi Fairley" "Wing Chair" "Nonogram"

I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour around my family room! xo Tobi

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15 Responses to Before and After: Tobi’s Family Room

  1. Linda in AZ * says:

    *** Such a HAPPY, FUN space while being SOPHISTICATED at the same time~~~ I truly love your transformation!!! ~~~ it looks super-yummy! I can’t HELP but love your CLEAN COLORS, too~~~ superb choices, by a superb designer!!! So glad you shared!!!

    Linda in AZ *

  2. Loved seeing the awesome transformation. Your home is beautiful.

  3. Great Tobi! Big improvement. Love the lighter, brighter feel. Those orange lamps, love them – where did you get them? thanks for sharing. martine x

  4. Your family room is gorgeous! It’s amazing to see such a transformation. I adore your orangeish colored wingback chair, it’s fabulous!

  5. Natasha says:

    You are so right! LOVE those before and after features!! I really appeciate that you included thw two floorplans, sometimes it’s difficult to understand the space just from a few photos… this is better – for me anyhow – to ge the relation between all the furniture etc. 🙂

    Also, I like the fresh green headder and new images!

    Northern Light Blog

  6. you kill me with these tobi, you are the master of before and after!

  7. Tobi, I got some really fantastic ideas from this post. I have a navy sofa and I sometimes feel like it is the bane of my existence. I love the colors you used and how light and airy the room feels.

  8. I love a good before and after.
    Thank you so much for sharing these before pictures.
    Love your work Tobi!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  9. Rachel says:

    Wow, that red paint was brutal – I felt stressed just looking at it and there’s nothing else in the room! The updated room is better in every way. In serious love with the color palette. Those seashell prints and I are dating now.

  10. Franki Parde says:

    Those photos just made me “smile!” Your rooms are like a breath of fresh air…absolutely lovely! franki

  11. John Kelsey says:


    You had your color engine running for sure! Masterful use of pattern, texture and accessories to help define the room and to create dialogue between the various pieces of furniture and areas in the room. I noticed the drapery rod that moves with the french door! Nice touch!


  12. says:

    I truly love your transformation! Tobi you Rock!
    I appreciate also seeing the floor plan, it gives a great overview. The room is filled with love & light. Fabulous.
    I would like to know what curtain rods you used over the doors, it looks like they open out?
    Thanks for sharing your work.

  13. I also love before and after stories, as they really show how far an interior has come. Congratulations on an amazing transformation.



  14. You know we love the transformation at Hickory Chair! We appreciate how you have turned to our 100 year old company for fresh, modern pieces for your home. Love how you made the wing chair so relevant in the fresh orange fabric with the graceful monogram, the pair of French chairs in the toile, the pair of lounge chairs in the linen and the lamp table…all made by hand for you.
    Warmest regards,
    Laura & Your Hickory Chair Fans!

  15. Jessica Powell says:

    Love this room!!! Beautiful!!! This is exactly the feel I would love to create in my family room! I have really wanted to lighten up, yet still have everything grounded. You have given me new inspiration!