New Stylish Solutions For The Family's New Room!

The Family's New Room for Laurie and Don!

The family room, it’s the place where we almost always find the true meaning of home. The space that is even titled after the very people we love most, our family.

As for my clients Laurie and Don, their beautiful families are raised and now have flown the nest. Leaving them with a family room that has always had its architectural problems. They have arranged furniture in countless ways, never really feeling right. The fireplace never functioned properly with smoke drafting into the room not up the chimney. We have two windows and a sliding glass door, the views are spectacular, but the glare bothersome and difficult for viewing television comfortably. The room is also completely open into the eating area and kitchen, great for entertaining and raising a family but not so much for intimate adult gatherings or movie night.

The Design Board, a way to show you how it will  look!
 Set to correct and improve on some of the room’s problems, they came to me for some real solutions, sage advice, and a list of questions to answer.
Make a problem wall a feature wall with a deep paint color and a new use!
Fireplace re-do and color selection was first. Don and Laurie knew what they wanted in a fireplace as far as functionality so a very modern gas insert with a lovely frame was chosen. Then, the surrounding area was given a face lift with marble and granite. A new mantel and the wall above the mantel was the new location for the TV. A warm neutral color for all the walls except one, it was the problem wall. Not big enough for anything and always a problem as to what to put against it as it was open to a staircase that went down to the garage at one end. Instead of trying to make it disappear, I thought to make it an accent feature visually by painting it in a warm Java color.

While Don and Laurie worked on the fireplace and paint I worked on the Design Board. With a footprint of the floor plan and the room’s color cards, I met Laurie and Don at a local retail furniture store. Together we choose furniture that was small in scale but could still seat 6 people comfortably for viewing the TV. We kept one existing leather arm chair and ottoman because it worked with the new fabrics of the sofa and another small print chair. We selected tables and lamps together by email and telephone conversations in front of the computer screen. We even choose the area rug on-line. I had drawn on my plan a beverage credenza for that problem wall (mentioned above) and Laurie found that piece at a close out sale, it worked perfectly and it was exactly what I was envisioning.

Open to the kitchen, smart valances in the drapery fabric marrys the rooms togethr.
 With all these windows, the treatments had to be perfect. It took a couple of house calls to really define the style of drape, the fabric and of course the function. Laurie knew she had to have something for the glare, and I knew we had to control the light and not make the room too dark, so I suggested fabric roller shades in the exact wall color for a seamless look when down. When the shades are up, the views are wonderful and only stationary panels are necessary to give a finished look and to set the styling. I found the perfect fabric, in a similar color of the accent wall, and designed a wonderful Grommet treatment with it. I choose to hang them from modern wood hardware with a nickel metal trim that was repeated in the grommets, lamps and furniture trim. I used the same fabric to fashion smart, streamlined roman valances over the eating area’s sliding glass door and the window over the kitchen sink.
Problem Corner Soved With Drapery Panels
This project took several months and the Design Board went a long way in communicating the anticipated feel of the room when completed. The fireplace, the new TV placement, the window’s glare and light control, the odd problem wall, all of these issues were addressed first and the solutions were beautiful! Don and Laurie love the new family room in their home now. And they are so happy that they worked with a designer/decorator that worked through each step with them in the process!