One Room Three Ways:  Family Room Decorating Ideas

One Room Three Ways: Family Room Decorating Ideas



I wish I had a drum roll.

I tried to type drum roll….but it came out something like this…..brrrrrrrrrruuuuuummmmmm.



Even weaker.

Can you just tap your pencil really fast for me?

Because……here is…..get ready for it…..the first stop in the one room three ways world tour.

family-room-black-and-white It’s a little more neutral.

Simple black and white.

With typography….and graphic fabrics….

…..and all the boxwood clippings from the yard.


I wanted to name the room.

Something sophisticated and downtown that just drove in from the city for a weekend in the country in a vintage convertible with a scarf wrapped around a pixie haircut……wearing enormously over-sized glasses and the most incredible shade of red lipstick.

That kind of name.

Maybe Blaire?

Spelled with an e.

Of course.


Want the details?

Here’s how I did it.

Mostly I shopped the house.

1.  Table from front library room.

Seagrass rug from front library room (it may have found a new home).  

2.  My one splurge for the room.  Board cut from scrap lumber in the workshop and decorated with family rules.

Vinyl family rules:  Hobby Lobby $12.99.

You could also paint your own.

Love using the board as a valence.

3.  Dice side table

Scrap lumber cut out and attached together to form a square.

Painted black and white circles cut out of white vinyl from Hobby Lobby:  $7.99.

4.  Pillows from back porch


1.  Sign from my mother’s attic.

2.  Plates from back porch.

Lamp has the same shade with black ribbon wrapped around for a little graphic interest.


1.  Wreath made from attaching book page flowers from dining room to a basic wreath frame.

2.  Old painter’s tray from kitchen table.

3.  Box wood greenery clippings from the yard.


Here’s a close-up of the dice side table styled with the broken weather vane from the back porch.

And the boxes from the office.


Behind the sofa….I attached marquee letters to the garden gate leftover from the fall mantel with clothespins.

This gate made me smile.

Actually….the whole room made me smile.

I think Blaire and I would be BFFs.

She’s sophisticated and witty and red-lipstick wearing….just like me.



That’s how we roll.

Nothing but sophistication here at Thistlewood. 🙂

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  1. Julia @ Cuckoo4Design :

    I had to come over and check out the “one room three ways challenge”. Love the black and white!

  2. stunning, I love anything black and white~some how you made the harsh contemporary pieces soften with your whimsical touches and vast array of textures, it all looks fabulous! I would be good friends with Blaire too 🙂

  3. Mystery solved, case closed. All of Kentucky has been wondering who it was that took that speed sign, so I can see why she had to hide it in her attic. Your mama was a wild thing.

  4. Looks great! Love that side table!!

  5. I love the black and white! Such a gorgeous room…

  6. I just adored the black and white! I really need you as my next door neighbor here in Canada, I will bake you pies 🙂

  7. Another winner! Can’t wait for the next installment! …and is that the hair flipper making a guest appearance? Best, Beth C.

  8. Love your style and this is a nice change with all the black and white. Can’t wait to see more!

  9. Amazing, my friend!!!! What a remarkable transformation! Inspiring!

    🙂 Linda

  10. Love the “that’s how we roll” room…..from the great “dice” to the cute visitor!!…

  11. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & From Harvest To Table :

    WOWZER! I am looking forward to the next two!

  12. That is such a fun version of your room! Love the speed limit sign and all the graphic punchiness the black and white gives the space!

  13. Amazing transformation. I love the power of black and white! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  14. I’d race 100 mph to get to Blaire – she’s got style – and I love her hot pink arrows!

    This was such a fun challenge – aside from getting 3 new looks for my living room, my arms are really buff from all the lifting and moving of furniture!!

  15. Can’t wait to see what all you clever gals come up with! How do you fit all that CLEVER in there?!?

  16. Wow! That was a lot of work. Fun room.

    I have to tell you that I have always had a major thing for the rug in this room. Really, I have drooled over it since the first time I saw it. I would have one just like it in my dining room if I had found it when rug shopping.

  17. Very fun idea. I love how cozy your home looks.

  18. Beautiful! Love the black and white!! Looking forward to tomorrow!!~~Angela

  19. I LOVE the black and white typography! Thanks so much for joining in! Your room looks amazing!

  20. Love the dice table, the gate with letters, and wow, your mom had a speed limit sign in her attic. Of course she did.

  21. You really caught Blaire’s style! Love the black and white…so farmisticated! (New word for you…thought Blair would like it! ). 😉

  22. Good morning!! Cool beans, you did it again! I love black and white, and now I know how to make my own dice table:) Didn’t think it could be that easy but what do I know. Love the picture of the hair flipper and some of the comments make me smile:) Have a great day everyone!!!

  23. You and Blaire obviously go way back. 🙂

    Honestly, why have I never thought about just using REAL boxwood clippings?? Tell me. You’ve changed my life with this post! Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but I do love boxwood. By the way, am I the only person who loves the SMELL of boxwood? It smells so old-housey and English to me. Does that make sense?

  24. I love the black and white! And that speed sign — in the attic?? There’s gotta be a story there… 😉
    xo Heidi

  25. Blaire might be super cool and all that but I just know she doesn’t have a hair flipper as cute as yours by a long shot!! Love the black & white….you really need to take your act on the road!! —Blessings, M

  26. KariAnne,
    This is so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – will you do this every month? : )


  27. Okay, now I know why I got that speeding ticket. I have proof to show to the judge that the sign really was missing.

    Love your changes.
    xo Laura

  28. So beautiful. I can’t wait to see the next room. So much inspiration. Love it.

  29. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I’ve recently had a desire to do my main living area (open great room) in black and white….well, maybe black and cream….I have a wonderful drop cloth just waiting to be transformed into drapery panels with a bold black and cream fabric top panel! Beadboard wallpaper, black chalk paint to change up my oak cabriole-leg tables, etc….I needed some great inspiration, and voila!

    I really like how this turned out, but where’s that ‘red lipstick’…? Just like a touch of black, a touch of red can make a room pop! Can’t wait to see what else you’ve done…..*sigh* did I ever mention I might need to move to Kentucky…..?

  30. Luv the graphic black and white look KariAnne. Hmmm, about the speed limit sign… 🙂
    Hugs, Gee

  31. Oh, my, Blaire totally reminds me of Eliza Doolittle at the Ascot– prim and proper at first glance, but with a dash of unexpected sass 😉 She “nearly done me in!” Love it!

  32. Ah . . . Mr. Lethal Hair made an appearance! 😉 Such great ideas! I love shopping my own house . . . . but I’d much rather shop YOURS! LOL

  33. I am surprised you don’t have stalkers roaming the back roads of Kentucky trying to find your home for a glimpse inside. I NEVER get tired of seeing the inside of your home. I love every single detail about this room, I don’t know where to start! The Dice side table is one of my favorites, and the old fence, I have thought of using something similar. I love that you don’t follow any specific rules. Oh, and that book page wreath? I thought I had seen it all, but I love the flowers! My favorite is the picture with the teen sticking his head in there. Can’t wait to see more! PS I am with Bliss, your mama had to have been wild to steal that thing. My kind of gal.

  34. what a great the B/W…always a great job Karianne

  35. Love your style! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  36. Karen Costello :

    Your Family/Living Room looked fantastic before, but this look is so fresh and fun too!
    Your son is such a handsome young man, with an awesome smile!


  37. I am lovin this blog series. Thanks for a great time. And by the way, I think you’re very Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief, scarf tide, lipstick, sunglasses, elegance (with a bit of wicked thrown in.)

  38. You may know, before I tell you that I LUV black and white…and nobody in the world can do it like you!!!

  39. Fantastic! I think Blaire (with an e) and You (with red lipstick) should come to my house, too! Looking forward to seeing the next iteration.

  40. Love it! But Blaire (with an e) with red lipstick might want a little red thrown in… I have that same gate on my chicken wire fence. No, not for chickens. That is my yard fence! I wish I could take it down and bring it inside. But then the dogs would take off. Looking fantastic as always. WHERE do you find the time? Do you sleep?

  41. I love the dice side table! You are a genius. This look is great!

  42. Your Family Rules valance caught my eye: PRICELESS!

  43. The black and white looks stunning.

  44. great series and you absolutely nailed it by making what could’ve been stark black and white look warm and welcoming. and hey don’t we all have some road sign squirreled away from our youth? I remember a friend “borrowing” a Robertson Blvd sign for me but I was so chicken I made him put it back 🙂

  45. I love the bold graphics and black and white. Awesome! This is such a fun series.

  46. Oh I absolutely love this. How fabulous are all three, I love shopping the house and this is the ultimate in doing that. I would love for you to link this up to my 170th Inspire Me Tuesday party that is still ongoing. – - Hugs, Marty

  47. Love the way you and Blaire roll at Thistlewood Farms, lipstick and all. Gret job!

  48. I have loved and been inspired by your first day. I cannot wait for the other two days. Could you answer a question? I see you have moved a sisal in your room. I am considering one for my dining room. I hear the staining may be a problem. Would you recommend it? Thanks, Look for more tomorrow.

  49. Loving the graphic scheme…so current!

  50. WELL DONE, KA!!!

    It’s amazing how one may shop one’s home and completely change up a space like that. What fun.

    Love it. Of course I loved it before, too. I like your flair.


  51. I love the black and white contrast! After “knowing” your room in a more neutral tone, the crisp black and white is a fun change! Can’t wait to see “day 2”. xo

  52. Love the black and white, Kari! The plates on your shelves are beautiful … and, love the speed limit sign! Cute, cute kiddo.

  53. You did that in one day?! Fantastic. I especially love the gate and the painters box on the bookshelf. All very clever.

  54. Gorgeous room with so many great ideas. I love that you used boxwood clippings from the yard. Is there anything more beautiful then boxwood?? I mean really??? Can’t wait to see the next one.


  55. Sandra Dickie :

    Ok, I had to comment after stalking your blog for ever. My dear 13-year old daughter’s name is Blaire (with an e). Let’s hope she turns out to be as sophisticated and talented as you have imagined her to be. Love your room and all the inspiration you provide us with each time your lovely hands meet the keyboard.

  56. I really like your newly redone room, it’s very nice!

  57. It looks lovely! But I have to say I like day 2 better, so far. 🙂

  58. Oh yes, black and white, sophisticated yet comfortable and casual!! Love this room!

    Art by Karena

  59. i’m crazy in love with the “i hope you dance” wall art you have in your original room photo. did you make it or purchase it? if purchased, would you be kind enough to share where you acquired it?

  60. Blaire and I could be friends too. I like her black and white accents. ‘-) Totally awesome idea to take one room and show it three different ways. Since I started with Room Three and worked my way back, I have to say I like all three. The 2nd as a dining room is probably my favorite, just because I like that you totally changed up the purpose of the room. You mentioned on Day Three that you hate to see this end, that you have other room ideas waiting in the wings. I say, go for it, KariAnne. You don’t have to stop at Three. The audience is waiting! ~ Sarah

  61. Love the dice table! That’s such a clever idea!

  62. Looks fantastic once again Karianne! LOVE IT!

  63. I am always a sucker for black and white and you do it so amazingly! LOVE that wreath!

  64. LOVE the dice table!!! Genius. I think a tube of RED LIPSTICK sitting there would have been the BOMB:):) Love the cute guy:) Love the speed sign too. You are AMAZING my dear. XO, Pinky