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Monday, February 24, 2014

The beginnings of a fresh new family room

I am working with a long-distance client who used to live locally but now lives about 500 miles away. She asked me to help re-decorate her family room and was going to be in town so we could meet to plan and to start purchasing furniture and fabrics for the new room. She only had one day she could spend with me so I knew we needed to maximize our time together as there was a lot to accomplish. 

We have worked together many times before and have finished several rooms in the house she lives in now including this living room (the wall color has been changed to a bit more gray since these photos were taken!). The family room is the one room in this beautiful home that still has the furniture and decor from the home they lived in before and it is time for an update.

The bookshelves in the family room - I posted about them here.

The day before we were to meet I picked up some fabric samples to show her. I was hoping to find an inspiration piece to start with. I knew that I wanted  the room to have some of the same elements of the living room (some blue) and also I am well aware that this is a gal who likes a lot of color. 

Pindler and Pindler | Hazelton 

We both loved this fabric for the crispness of it and the greens with a pop of red. And although it didn't have any blue in it, we thought it was worth trying it as our starting point. 

Room and Board | Ian Leather Sofa

With the fabric swatch in hand, we began looking for the furniture we knew we wanted to buy. First, we chose a couple of simple but very comfortable leather sofas.

We added two swivel chairs that will be covered in a gorgeous indoor/outdoor black and white houndstooth fabric that will add some sophistication and a nice statement on the third side of the seating arrangement. 

We found a very tall "wing back" chair to go in the corner next to the built-in wall unit. A light greige  100% polyester "linen" will dress this chair and a large square ottoman coffee table will be covered in this:

Pindler and Pindler | Bryson / Pebble 

With the basics of the room finished, we went looking for some companion fabrics for pillows and to bring everything together ...

We found some additional pillow fabrics ...

We found a few potential accessories too ...

 The fabrics:

The red will be the contrasting welt for the yellow and white ikat pillows. (Do you want to know how to pronounce ikat? Click here!). An area rug, a couple of end tables, new paint and some wall decor and lamps will finish off the room ...

I put together an inspiration board to help my client visualize what the room may look like when it is finished. I chose a light blue/green wall color to tie in the living room. It will be a couple of months at least until all the furniture is in place but I love the direction it is going. I hope my client will too.


Interior Design Musings said...

Feels so fresh. Perfect for the next couple of seasons ahead of us! Love it.

Holly Gruszka said...

Well I'll say you certainly maximized your time - this is great! And I loved that you had picked up a few fabrics to hopefully entice her a bit. Sounds like she liked your choices. I think I would like to add some leather chairs to our living room eventually. I always like the element that leather brings to a room. Nice work and collaboration on this!

Unknown said...

Thanks Mandi! :D
Holly - Yeah, I work best under pressure :D
I like a bit of leather in a room too! Thanks!

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

wow - you did this in ONE day! Congrats to you - looks fab and what a talent youa re!

Town and Country Gals said...

girl, you do work well under pressure, your picks are gorgeous!
It's all so crisp and fresh, love it all!

designchic said...

It's going to be so fresh and fun - love the colors you chose!!