From the living room, we proceeded onto the family room:
To reimagine this space we had 4 driving considerations:
1- The Space Plan: We eliminated the arched niche above the fireplace (not shown in the before picture) and placed the tv above it. Built-in niches are on my least favorite things list, and having two focuses- the TV and the fireplace- was confusing & distracting.
2- Function: We considered who would be using the space- the clients have one young child with baby no. 2 on the way. Before there was no space to store toys or any floor space to play. Now a beautiful chest that looks like an antique holds dvds, books, and toys. Wicker baskets with lids conceal a whole loot of toys and slide under the Parson style drink tables. Easy to move leather ottomans (they’re always in a different spot each time I go over there) can pull up to any seat, can seat guests, or nest together so that play time on the rug can happen anytime. For entertaining, the space can now seat 10 people as opposed to 5.
3- Size & Scale: We worried about the large room with windows and archways and multiple traffic patterns swallowing up the furniture. We added more pieces of furniture in better sizes- a custom length long sofa and loveseat with smaller arms. A modern wing chair takes the place of a bulky chair and a half and ottoman. Large format digital art helps ground the sofa on the wall.
4. Light in this room before was a problem. A mirrored top cocktail table and interesting lamps with white shades (rather than amber shades) helps the space immensely. Art makes the walls appear brighter.
also: Schumacher’s Mandalay Tree printed linen shown on the modern wing chair inspired the color palette for the whole space.
Still to come: the dining room, changing the nursery for baby no. 2, and the Master Bath