Two-Story Family Room – Marker Girl Makeover


I will be featuring each week parts of a project that I was privileged to be involved with this past year. It was designed for a family of four. A new construction home built by Tommy Bailey Homes for a Mom and Dad on-the-go with two young children. It is a two-story home. In Houston a lot of our family rooms are built to show the height of these grand rooms, but for a designer it can be tricky to work with a wall this big so I thought I would share with you how I tackled that and how I decorated the room.

Two Story Family Room

When I arrived and photographed the wall during construction; it took a little time to figure out how to bring the room in but not ignore the grandness of the space. So I proposed to put moldings on all three sections to divide the wall so art could be placed on top and the bookcases on the bottom. The builder already had deep niches, I chose to de-emphasize them and place art plaques inside keeping it soft and simple. I had an art print custom printed to a larger size to fit the wall creating a focal point. I added a gold frame with bronze highlights to balance in with the wood beams and some of the gold finishes in the space.  I went with slightly smaller accessories and displayed family photos throughout the bookcases. I opted for smaller to let the art up top be the main focus when you walk into the family room from the kitchen area. (This allows the TV to just be there but not the main focus when it is not on)

Family Room Window View

Marker Girl Family RoomThe sofa is from Kincaid and chairs are from CR Laine. The ottoman was custom made to fit the space. The rug is a patterned carpet that is bound to fit the seating area and is a stain master carpet by Masland. The drapery softens the walls but doesn’t hide the view of the pool and lake area. I kept it soft and relaxing with the colors and textures. The walls are a soft cream.. Sherwin Williams Irish Cream 7537.

Family Room Marker Girl

Marker Girl Bookcase Detail

They love the beach so I incorporated colors and few accessories to bring it in throughout the space.

Marker Girl Butlers Pantry

Behind the wall in the family room is a beautiful butler’s pantry where custom cabinetry was built and a granite counter. I really like the simple clean look of it.

Marker Girl Kitchen Desk

Then we had to have an area that I call “Mom Central”. Every mom needs a place where she can sit and get things done while trying keep up with dinner and the kids.

Stayed Tuned next week will be featuring Mom’s Retreat the Master Bath and Bedroom.

Happy Everything!



  1. yolande on November 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

    i would love to know the color of the walls in the family room. i also have travertine throughout my home and finding a complimentary paint color is very difficult! you have done a fabulous job of blending the travertine and paint!! love it! beautiful pics!

  2. Karen Davis on November 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you Yolande! It is Sherwin Williams 7537 Irish Cream.

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  4. Brittan Bolin on May 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I would love to know what fabric was used for the valance on the window treatments. Any information is appreciated!

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  6. Yvonne Willett on November 15, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Beautiful! I would love to know the paint color of the cabinets?

    • Karen Davis on November 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm

      This is not something we have on file it was done through the builders premade cabinetry. Karen’s favorite white is from Sherwin Williams and is Pure White.

  7. Yvonne on December 10, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Thank you! Would you please share the name of the granite as well? So beautiful!

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