Building Our Dream Home – Family Room Reveal

The family room is an important area of any family home, and it’s no different for our family! We love to hang out together after a meal, or while one is cooking, and catch up. The family room in our dream home is central to everything else in the house so the design for it was crucial to get right.

Let’s explore the design and details of the family room! Each item is linked below, so be sure to scroll all the way down.

Where the design started

The design for the family room started as a result of being visible from the front door and foyer. Because of this, it was so important to embrace these sight lines from the foyer, and have everything centered.

Also, I wanted to incorporate a builtin with bookcase space, a fireplace, and TV above. This was designed for the main large wall while all furniture would be centered around it.

It was so important to keep the sight lines from the foyer and kitchen island all centered and aligned.

When I was designing the floor plan for the house I knew it was important to me to have privacy so I made sure the sight line from the front door was exactly centered on one of the French door sets, looking directly to the pool out back, and not into any area with furniture.

This is the view from the front door and foyer. As you can see, the only thing visible is the set of French doors that lead outside to the pool area.


I wanted to keep the finishes simple in the family room because the space connects to other areas of the home and it’s open plan with the kitchen and dining area. The hardwood floors are from Shaw Floors, and you can read all about the journey of picking the perfect hardwood floor HERE.

All the trim work was painted to match all the others in the house, and the main wall color is Evans Greige.


For the furniture, I created a symmetrical layout with pieces that could be used for conversations or more informal TV watching. I selected two white linen covered sofas that face each other, two large leather wingback recliners adjacent to the sofas that faces the fireplace and TV above. The leather of the chairs bring a warmth to the area which helps to make the furniture arrangement feel cozier. The main coffee table, and side table between recliners, are black stained wood which helps to ground the whole furniture arrangement.

Off to the side of the fireplace builtin, I chose a blue linen armchair to create a little nook with a floor lamp, side table, and simple framed artwork. It’s a cute area that is great for reading a magazine on Sunday morning.


Instead of using traditional lighting in the family room, I have installed two ceiling fans from Fanimation. They are directly above the family room and help to circulate cooler air around the main living areas of the home.


Artwork can totally transform a space and I wanted a piece that would tie all the blue tones of the family room together. The majority of artwork in the house is from One Kings Lane, and this beautiful piece is no different!


Home accessories are a key way of injecting personality into a home. I have chosen pieces for the family room that nod toward the inspirations for the whole house design, while keeping it relatively Coastal and Hamptons inspired too.

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Cute New Family Home – Just Sold!

Just Sold for $299,999 - our brand new spec house!

We set out to create a family-friendly home that was modern, fresh and chic in Alachua, Florida – and we couldn’t be happier with the final result! Like it? We can build you one too!

How did we do it? Here’s the complete run down:

Vinyl Flooring


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Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Girl

Struggling for gift ideas for your teen girl? Here are my top Holiday Gift Ideas for teen girls!

UGG Boots – These are super trendy right now, and your teen will love you for gifting them!

Lulu Fleece Belt Bag – Does your teen love all things fleece and soft? This belt bag could be a winner!

Lulu Belt Bag – A plain version of the above

iPhone Projector – This iPhone projector makes watching videos so much easier!

Disco Ball – A super fun gift idea for your teen girl

AirPods – Have they been raving about these for a while? Now’s a great time to gift them!

AirPods Case – This cute case would be the perfect addition to the AirPods themselves or a good replacement

iPhone Case – Teens love different phone cases!

Selfie Light – Does your teen love TikTok or Instagram? They will love a selfie light!

Layered Necklaces – These layered necklaces are a cute gift idea

Heart Necklace – Prefer a more meaningful piece? This necklace is for you!

Dainty Hoop Earrings – This set of earrings is the perfect gift idea for those teens with their ears pierced!

Barefoot Dreams Blanket – Something soft for them to cuddle up with at night

Glossier You Perfume – Does your teen love Glossier? This perfume is a great gift idea!

Laneige Lip Mask – Another idea for a skincare loving teen

UGG Slippers – The iconic UGG Slipper in pale pink is a beautiful gift idea

Glossier Gift Card – If in doubt, go with a gift card!

Balm Dot Com – Teens love lip balm, and even better if it’s a big brand like Glossier!

Brazilian Crush Spray – This body spray is layerable and ideal for any teen girl!



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Holiday Gift Guide: $12 Stocking Stuffers

Not sure how to fill up the rest of the stockings this Christmas? These Stocking Stuffers Holiday Gift Guide is full of brilliant stocking ideas!

Bar Soap – A classic stocking stuffer! Choose from multiple scents

Volcano Hand Cream – Another great stocking stuffer idea, especially for those that love skincare

Agate Coasters – Add these stylish coasters to a stocking!

Volcano Candle – Candles are always a good idea!

Rose Spray – This spray can be used for a variety of things, which is why it’s a great stocking stuffer!

Zebra Bag – This cute bag is great for stockings!

2023 Planner – Planners or notebooks make great stocking stuffers! Perfect for those who love organizing and writing

Cookie Mix – Everyone loves baking cookies

Bath Bomb – Another stocking staple!

Gloves – Live in a cold state? Gloves are always needed!

Monogrammed Tumbler – A cute personalized tumbler is a great idea for stockings

Fur Slippers – These slippers make a cute addition to any stocking!

Candle – Another great stocking stuffer!

Mittens – Cute mittens like these are perfect for the winter

Fenty Lipstick – With multiple shades available, Fenty lipstick is a great stocking stuffer

Keychain – Another cute extra for adding into a stocking!

Gua Sha – Have a skincare lover? This gua sha is perfect for their stocking!

Ice Roller – Another good idea for a skincare lover

Ice Ball Maker – A fun ice ball maker that can be used for lots of drinks or even sorbet

Earbud Cleaning Kit – This cleaning kit is super handy for anyone with AirPods or earbuds!



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Holiday Gift Guide: Ideas for the Gardener

Do you have someone in the family that loves to garden? Or perhaps a friend that enjoys growing roses? Whatever their garden connection, there is something for every gardener! Beginner or expert – this Gift Guide contains a wide range of ideas that any gardener (or lover of spending time outside) will appreciate.

Short Boots – Short boots like these are every gardener’s must-have! Perfect for using when tidying up beds of plants

Garden Basket – A basket to use for collecting cuts and unwanted weeds from around the garden

Gloves – A good pair of gardening gloves makes the perfect gift!

Shears – Another great idea for a gardener!

Hat – You can never have too many accessories to shield your face from the sun

Complete Gardener Book – A book on a specialist interest or subject always goes down well as a gift

The English Garden Book – Another great gardening book option!

Garden Scissors – These scissors will come in very handy for your gardener

Pruning Shears – With a leather case, these pruning shears are a fabulous gift 

English Rose Book – Shopping for a rose fan? This book makes the perfect gift!

English Roses Book – Another fantastic roses book option

Small Watering Can – A lovely small watering can that could be used indoors or out

Trowel – A great tool to gift!

Funny Plant Markers – These funny plant markers will make your gardener laugh and enjoy nurturing their garden

Seat – Always a practical gift idea!

Watering Can – This watering can is super stylish

Sign – This cute sign makes a lovely gift for anyone who loves to spend time in the garden

Funny Mug – Another idea for the jokers!

Funny T-Shirt – A staple for any gardener, they will love it!

Sometimes I Wet My Plants Mug – A cute gift with a funny meaning that will be a pleasure to use everyday

Garden Clogs – Every gardener’s staple! Clogs are well received

Gardening Apron – This apron will keep their garden tools and items secure while they tend the garden



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Hello there! I’m Lori Evans, Interior Designer and co-owner of Evans Construction & Design. Welcome to my world! I created this blog to share all the projects, tips, ideas and inspiration that I have. My goal is to help you make your rooms look even better than your Pinterest boards!

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