Well, I’ve always felt that way about my own home.
Thinking first about keeping our non-negotiables, our beautiful area rug, sofa, two chairs and TV console, that all fit the room perfectly. We designed a plan for painting, reupholstering and accessorizing to achieve our desired look.
The dark red leather sofa and two Michael Thomas chairs, while still comfortable and in great shape, were simply dated. With a fitted slipcover for the sofa, and reupholstered chairs, it all looks brand new!
With a western exposure that offers little daylight, we set out to lighten the room. Starting with the fireplace, Suzi painted the brick in a combination of whites and grays to give it depth and texture. Painting the fireplace doors black offers a sharp contrast to the white brick and completes a beautiful focal point for the room. The walls we painted in Revere Pewter with silk white trim. This monochromatic palette allows us to add texture and pops of color with accessories for a layered liveable space.
To complete the seating arrangement, the black coffee table was replaced with an upholstered ottoman in a soft gray leather and the TV console was painted in a weathered drift wood finish. By adding square bunion feet and new drawer pulls, it too looks like we purchased a new piece.
The addition of glass top tables, glass base lamps and mirrors on the mantel add light reflective value to a usually dark space. The new art above our sofa, an abstract of New York City, is one of my favorite pieces as it reminds us of time spent with our ballerina daughter in the big city! And of course no room is complete without the right window treatments! Custom continuous arch plantation shutters from Norman are the perfect finishing touch. I love the light they bring to the room, especially at night as light reflects off the closed louvers. While it’s taken some time to complete (client projects come before personal), I am so pleased with my new family room.
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