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Using Natural Light in Your Home

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Using Natural Light in Your Home

We’ve all heard the old adage, the shoemaker’s children go barefoot.

Well, I’ve always felt that way about my own home. 

In the business of decorating for others, many designers may not have the time or inclination to update their own homes.  Until recently, that’s been the case for myself. But finally, I’ve taken the time to update my family room! 
 
Enlisting one of my own designers, Ronnie Harmon, and decorative painter Suzi Wood, we set out to create a brighter, updated room that is comfortable, inviting and transitional. A big consideration for my husband and me is how long we might stay in our current house. Not knowing where we might be in the next few years, we looked to make changes with resale in mind. 
 
In other words, how could we work with what we currently have? 

Utilizing Available Light

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 Final Product

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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Margaret established Sew Beautiful in 2001 to feature her specialities of custom window treatments and soft furnishings for the home.

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