Formal Family Room & Office Nook

After 5 weeks of working on my family room for the One Room Challenge, it is finally week 6 and reveal day!

I am so thrilled with how my living / family room turned out. That being said, Murphy’s law was in full effect from day one of just planning this room. Not a single renovation plan of mine was realized.

It just goes to show that even if you aren’t able (or can’t afford) to make big changes to a space, it can still be a gorgeous space you and your family will love.

Designer Ursula Carmona

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Best-Laid Plans of Mice & Men…(+Before Pics)

I had so many grandiose plans for my family room. The original plan was to open up the wall between my two living rooms (why are there two living rooms anyway?), or at least have cased opening with pocket doors. It would have made entertaining large groups easier, and give great sight lines throughout the house. I had also hoped I could install retractable glass doors all along the wall that leads out to my deck. Plus two big beautiful windows on either side of the fireplace to let in more light. Unfortunately I could not find a single contractor available in the first half of 2019…so much for those plans. This room would have to be amazing without any major structural changes.

Family Room Before

Then I contracted a fireplace company to create a custom stone surround for my fireplace, and that fell apart. I planned several DIY solutions, which one-by-one also failed me.

Family Room Before 2

Guys, this makeover was determined not to be an easy one. Or maybe I should say, it was determined to as easy as possible with no new bells or whistles. Haha! And you know what? I’m glad it worked out this way! I get to show you the power of a fresh coat of paint and well chosen furniture can do for a space.

If you want to see the progress and some of the challenges, check out Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / and Week 5.


Closet Turned Office Nook

I’m going to start this tour by showing you this odd but good-sized closet that I turned into an office nook. There really was no other place in this house for an office, and for the life of me I could not think of a good use of this closet, so it just seemed logical.


It was easy to tear out the old shelves which were pulling away from the walls, and build new shelves for the back of the closet. I really wanted it to pop and stand out among the rest of the space, while still flowing with the rest of the room. To have them pop and stand out amid the the rest of the space, I painted shelves and desk a dark almost-black peacock color from Behr called “Winter Way”. And tell me this isn’t the perfect chandelier for this space…it’s like a piece of jewelry hanging right in front of the shelves!


Just because a space is for practical use doesn’t mean you can’t add a few pieces of eye candy along the way. I added several beautiful pieces of artwork, faux magnolia leaves, and even decorative vases amid the practical must-haves.

Family room with office in a closet

Family Room Uses & Style

The family room is the space where we have family worship together every day. I wanted a couple sofas facing each other so my husband and I (who I usually cuddle up to) could face our 3 darling girls. My husband and I both like to put our feet up, so these classy white ottomans sit on our side of the family room.

Family Room Makeover

We also entertain guests in this space, so I wanted the possibility of additional seating for multiple people. Between two sofas, two ottomans that could be moved to act as additional seating, that stylish floral armchair, and even the rolling chair from the office, we have tons of seating if needed.


Plus, the French doors in this space open to the deck when we entertain. Being able to connect to an outdoor living and dining room helps expand our hosting area with an even larger group.

Accessories & Design Details

It is the details that really make the space. Every piece is a show stopper on it’s own, but together they make for a wonderfully cohesive but eye grabbing space. The acrylic curtain rods, the bold pattern on the curtains and armchair, the metallic gold pops, the geometric shapes in the pillow cases and coffee table… I think you get the idea.

Living Room Makeover ORC

Besides a coat of paint on the walls basically nothing changed in the room. It is purely decorative changes. So don’t ever be discouraged that you can’t do more in a room. Embrace the things you would rather change, and make it work for you.

Coffee Table Plants

Blue sofa and accent table

At the end of the day, it might not even matter. Or maybe those will be features you can add or change over the course of time. I could have pushed forward with an option for my fireplace that could take place before the big reveal, but I would rather wait and get exactly what I envision.

Campaign dresser style hutch

One thing I will continue to work on in this space, is bringing more pieces with character in. Like this campaign hutch I got for free. Or the picture you see at the top of the office bookcase I picked up from a thrift shop. I’m a fan of old things mixed with new!

Family Room with Blue Sofa

This may seem like a strange detail to mention, but I’m completely geeking out over the gold door hardware on the doors. It’s amazing what fresh paint and new pulls can do.

Family room with french doors

The Source / Shopping List

I know many of you are going to want to know where I sourced each and every item, so I’m going to do my best to link everything here for you. If I missed something you want, let me know!



Soft Goods & Decor

Accessories & Plants:

Living Room before and after split picture

A huge thank you to all my One Room Challenge sponsors who made this space possible!

My One Room Challenge Sponsors

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32 Comments on Formal Family Room & Office Nook

  1. Naomi
    August 7, 2020 at 10:41 am (1 year ago)

    Love this! What did you use as the desk portion? How did you build the desk?

  2. Tuan Nguyen
    April 26, 2020 at 8:26 am (1 year ago)

    Love the office closet. Where did you get the chandelier?

  3. Michelle
    May 17, 2019 at 10:39 am (2 years ago)

    It looks amazing!! It actually made the room look bigger. I love the office nook. That’s such a creative idea!

  4. Linda | ORC
    May 15, 2019 at 7:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, just gorgeous. I had no idea you were thinking about major construction. In Florida, you can’t find anyone all year round. I love everything, but my favorite part is that fantastic office nook. Well done!

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 15, 2019 at 9:17 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh no! Lol! Construction challenges. Thank you so much for having me! What a privilege!

  5. Kathy
    May 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s gorgeous! Love the office space and the living room transformation is unbelievable. So beautiful!

  6. Lisa
    May 11, 2019 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Ursula, I love how your room came out! It looks beautiful and the hidden office is such a fantastic use of that space! Gorgeous color in there too! I have the same couch and it’s so comfy, nice and long isn’t it? You did an amazing job despite your setbacks and totally transformed this space.

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 12, 2019 at 2:28 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Yes, this sofa is fantastic!!!

  7. ariel
    May 10, 2019 at 6:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Ursula! Wow! This is such a lovely space, and one I would be happy to visit in. Enjoy your new living room!

  8. Denise and Sean
    May 10, 2019 at 5:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Ursula,
    This room is lovely! The office nook is fantastic – so rich looking with the dark colour and I love how classy the doors look. It’s such a beautiful contrast between the deep colour in the office nook compared to the light, bright room. It goes to show, you don’t need a lot of space for a functional (and beautiful) office area.

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 12, 2019 at 2:09 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Denise! Yes, I’m really learning to love and make the most of my small spaces.

  9. Stacy | Blake Hill House
    May 10, 2019 at 9:47 am (2 years ago)

    The room turned out beautifully! It sounds like you had some real challenges along the way, and you handled it like a champ.

  10. DeDe Bailey
    May 9, 2019 at 2:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks amazingly beautiful and just your style! What a transformation since I saw it a month ago! Awesome job!

  11. Nicole Q-Schmitz
    May 9, 2019 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, that “secret” office nook is probably my favourite thing in the room! Love that it pops out 🙂

  12. sherry hart
    May 9, 2019 at 7:51 am (2 years ago)

    What a transformation! So light and bright and really glad you did not stress about that FP….it looks fab painted all white! Great job!

  13. Valerie
    May 9, 2019 at 1:20 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, I love how sophisticated AND comfortable the space became. The closet/office is fantastic, the blue sofas, the list goes on. Well done!

  14. Veronica Vilora Solomon
    May 8, 2019 at 10:09 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG Ursula! This is amazing! I love your reveal so much. Congrats!

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 12, 2019 at 2:10 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Veronica! That means a lot coming from you! <3

  15. Jana Bek
    May 8, 2019 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

    hubba hubba! What a luxurious transformation! I adore the double sofas, congrats!!

  16. hjc
    May 8, 2019 at 7:32 pm (2 years ago)

    What a fabulous transformation! I love how you rolled with the punches and continued to make a wonderful difference in the look and use of your space. It’s just beautiful – thank you for sharing and for encouraging others to look past the limitations (whatever they may be) and go for it.

  17. Tee at Beauteeful Living
    May 8, 2019 at 7:24 pm (2 years ago)

    It looks gorgeous! I’m sure it was disappointing that the original plans you had for this space didn’t pan out because of factors outside of your control. Don’t worry, the makeover came out beautiful anyway! Congrats on a job well done!

  18. Dwana
    May 8, 2019 at 5:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks fabulous! What a great transformation. What is the office nook paint color?

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 12, 2019 at 2:10 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! It is “Winter Way” by Behr.

  19. Sheila
    May 8, 2019 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that you made this work even though some of your dreams for the space weren’t able to be realized. It’s actually pretty inspirational that you created such a great change with just decorative elements.
    Beautiful job!

  20. Brittany
    May 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

    It looks wonderful! Well done!!!`

  21. Kim
    May 8, 2019 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous, you really know how to work your magic. Yours is the first room I checked for the ORC reveal!

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 8, 2019 at 2:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh gosh, that is so sweet that you kept me in mind! <3 Thank you!!

  22. Sarah
    May 8, 2019 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    It’s beautiful! I love how light, bright, and modern it looks. Those curtains turned out to be perfect and I’m swooning over all the finishings and hardware throughout the space!


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