First Things First
If you’ve been following along with our Instagram stories, then you’ve likely heard me tip toeing around about “our next project.” I was reluctant to actually say what it was going to be, partly because I didn’t know what to call it! The bonus room? Still the playroom? Neither felt right. For now, we’ve landed on, The Family Lounge (will explain more ahead). Regardless, I’ve been pinning bonus room ideas for years, and I’m SO excited to finally make this dream space come to life!
Anyway, another reason for the hesitation was that I felt like I had to have this grand reveal, with professional renderings and all. The reality is, that’s just not where we are right now. We mostly do all our sketches on simple graph paper with an O.G. pencil! However, we recently upgraded to ipad sketches, and I have to say, this isn’t so bad for our first try! Here’s a simple idea of the direction we are going.
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Why The Family Lounge
First of all, the list of projects we have planned for our home deserves it’s very own blog post. Even with a wish list a mile long, choosing this next project felt like an easy decision. In 2021 we completed many labor intensive DIY home projects including the mudroom, the spring Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge garage project, followed by the fall BHG ORC powder bath, and most recently, my beloved parlor.
Overall, yes, our entire family benefits from all the mentioned projects — but let’s face it, our kids don’t really care about the new wallpaper, the double peg wall in the mudroom (they still toss their backpacks on the floor, despite having 18 peg options), or the newly built DIY fireplace the same way that Jeff and I do.
That being said, this next DIY home project goes out to THEM! They have been the best cheerleaders, supporters and so very patient with us while living through various construction zones this past year — they absolutely deserve it! We can’t wait to build a room that is primarily focused on them, with their interests in mind, and a space for the entire family to have fun together.
RIP Playroom AKA Bonus Room
I don’t share this space often, because let’s face it, it typically looks like an actual tornado went through it (see below, and yes this is the real state of the room, and I honestly don’t think I could even stage it this messy if I tried). It has served us well over the past 7 years, and it’s definitely time for an age appropriate upgrade!
The playroom is located upstairs, at the end of the long hallway, directly across from the kid’s bathroom. This room wasn’t offered on the original house plans, but I just couldn’t imagine letting all the space above the garage go to waste, and insisted on adding this space to the floorplan. I love that it has a few steps leading down into it, and as you can see, loads of natural light too!
Oy. I can’t believe I just shared these shots with you!? Regardless of the constant mess, it really has been the perfect rumpus room for the toddler years.
The Old Playroom
As you can see in the images above, this room has been an absolute nightmare to keep clean, and purging alone will work wonders! Not to worry, we aren’t getting rid of everything in here, I’m not a total monster Mom, in fact, the new plans include amazing storage solutions for their legos, craft supplies, games, hundreds of books, kinetic sand, and more! The new plans for this space are meant to encourage creativity and play, in a calm and clutter free environment.
Oh, and because there’s just no way I could leave you with that monstrous mess of an image in your mind, here are a few sweet photos of much tidier times spent in this space.
The Bonus Room Ideas
We hope to create a room that is cozy, multifunctional, relaxing, fun, and inspiring for the entire family. It will include the following plans: A custom built in window seat with drawers and wall sconces. A table and chairs for games, homework, crafts, puzzles, etc. The piano and guitar for a music corner. A wicked cool media wall that will appear as a gallery wall full of family photos and kids art (but with a Frame TV disguised within). Lastly, my second favorite feature of the room (window seat is number one) the built in library wall, complete with a built in desk and the custom library ladder of my dreams! EEEP! Pinch me.
This project will happen in phases, as we plan to build everything ourselves. That being said, because home renovation isn’t our full time job (maybe someday!?), we’ll also still be juggling kids’ activities, our jobs, family, summer and everything in between. So if you’re looking for that TV timeline, snap of a finger before and after…I assure you, this ain’t it! We will be sharing in real time, with real struggles, delays, and normal life happenings.
Phase 1: The Window Seat
Ever since building this house in 2015, there’s been one specific project that we’ve dreamt about doing from the moment we walked through it. There’s an 8.5ft x 2.5ft bump out with a window that is just begging to be a beautiful, giant window seat.
A few years ago, we actually shared our original graph paper sketch plans of our dream window seat, but unfortunately it kept getting pushed back as we prioritized other projects. So the window seat will be the first project we tackle, which starts next week! Did you happen to catch my stories about the fabric choices for the custom cushion we are having made with Cushion Pros? We have a few more options coming, so keep your eyes and ears out for me begging you to vote in my IG story polls soon, ha!
The Window Seat Inspo
I’ve had the above inspo photo saved as a screenshot since 2019, and since then, I’ve become a huge fan of Katie’s work! She can do no wrong in my design eyes, and honestly think I’ve saved every single one of her IG posts since discovering her. Our window seat will be about three times as big, plus 3-4 large built in drawers below the seat, and sconces on each side.
To see more bonus room ideas I’ve saved over time, you can follow along at my Pinterest page, where I have a Family Lounge Board!
There are so many more details to discuss like, lighting, furnishings, new flooring, structural details we are adding and more. Until then, you now have a pretty good idea on what we’ll be up to at MJD for the next few months. We really hope you’ll follow along with us!
Lastly, I leave you with one very important question…what color should we paint the library wall built in?! The majority of the room will be my go-to creamy white, but I’m leaning towards a warm, cozy and moody color for the built in! Could you please do me a solid, and drop your color recommendations or bonus room ideas down in the comments below? Thanks, friends!