We've shared the new and improved kitchen within this project, and now we are continuing with the cozy family room just off of the kitchen. Within this space, we blended classic and natural with modern contemporary to showcase both husband and wife. Read on to see how we mixed design elements to customize this space just for them.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: LAURA SUMRAK
It's always fun to look back on the before images to see where we started. This room was dark and dated and lacked architectural interest. The transition in flooring created a visual disruption, and the fireplace was crying for some TLC. The existing furniture was 20 years old, and although it served these clients well, it was time for newer replacements. The only request was to keep the custom coffee table and end tables the wife inherited from her family. One look at the coffee table, and we knew it was our foundation to build off of.
The coffee table includes multiple wood species including various warmer finishes from the stain. It closely mimics a turtle shell. We used these warmer shades as inspiration towards paint selection and finishes. Because this space is directly off the kitchen, we paid close attention to our selections to ensure complimentary flow from one side of the room to the other.
With an outdated fireplace, and plenty of wall real estate, we knew this room needed a strong focal wall with architectural interest. The wife wanted all the rooms to be light and airy, so we painted all the walls SW Simply White, and paired it with SW Grizzly Gray on the focal wall. This shade of gray instantly added a layer of cozy sophistication to this otherwise light and bright area.
The reclaimed mantle surround and textured interior tile surround speak to the wife's Montana homeland. We love the rich and complimentary contrast this pairing provides. The built-in cabinets were built with recycled base cabinets from the primary bedroom. To save on costs, we cut them out, reduced their depth by 6 inches, and finished them with custom upper shelving. We chose classic beadboard for the backing to enhance them further. The gorgeous picture light sconces provide a cozy moment of light to highlight the built-ins once the sun sets.
Wall art is incredibly personal, and what better way to showcase this family's story than to include their personal photography. When we sat down with this couple, we were in awe of their gorgeous photos taken on their many visits back to Montana. Over the sofa we enlarged and framed two complimentary images. We love how the mixed pairing provides a unique moment while complimenting all other design elements. It was the perfect moment to make this room really personal to this family.
Because the new and approved architecture leans more classic, we wanted to integrate modern contemporary a little more through the furnishings and styling. The custom coffee table and end tables are bulky and rich with texture, so we sourced low profile sofas and accent chairs that are more streamlined. The cozy bench cushion sofas add cozy sophistication, and the leather swivel chairs provide the warmth this space needed.
Staggered among their extensive book collection, we styled the built-in shelves with modern contemporary accessories. We mixed natural materials such as marble stone and wood for added interest and contrast against the darker back drop. We strategically placed each group of books to compliment the cohesive color palette, but also provide balance and height.
Stay tuned as we move into the primary bathroom of this project. We are still waiting for a few furniture pieces to wrap up the primary bedroom, but we are thankful we were able to finish up the bathroom to provide a comfortable and functional space while we wait.