Here’s the design story of our Chestnut Hill Family room renovation.
When our clients first came to us their family room furnishings were a collection of randoms and hand-me-downs. An old sofa, an assortment of uncomfortable chairs and a rug that didn’t suit their style were all given the boot. We also didn’t like the television over the fireplace. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the room. We needed a better focal point.
My client’s have a family of 6 and wanted a space that was elegant yet comfortable, kid friendly yet chic. They favored neutrals, but weren’t opposed to pattern or a the use of selective color. The goal was clean, bright classic, beachy but not beachy. “Hip traditional” is how I like to think of it.
The room is pretty large with high beamed ceilings and two sets of french doors. We wanted to keep the walls white, the windows bare and beef up the architecture in the room. Here’s what we came up with…
We built white bookshelves along the empty wall that previously housed the American Flag. The television was relocated from the fireplace to the bookshelves. I love placing the TV amongst books and personal items… it’s such a good way to “hide it.” Now this wall gives us great storage, display and TV viewing. Oh and the built-ins provide for that stronger architectural presence we wanted. Quadruple winner.
While the walls are an off-white, we did the back of the bookshelves in a very soft blue. It’s pretty and subtle and adds a cheerful touch in the room.
You might be thinking that a sofa facing away from the Television is not very practical. Don’t worry there are two sofas! While TV watching definitely goes down in the room, we also wanted a space that was conducive to conversation and socializing. We placed two sofas facing each other in front of the fireplace. This is the heart of the family room.
I love the look of two sofas with an ottoman in between. So classic. The stools in front of the fireplace are the perfect cherry on top.
There are a lot of neutrals, woods and irons layered in this room.
Linen Sofa, tufted linen ottoman, sisal rug, cowhide, reptile velvet stools… ALL neutral.
Yet it interesting and rich. I believe it’s because all all the textures and finishes.
I really enjoyed selecting my neutral pillows!
Luckily my clients were down with a a little chinoiserie and greek key.
Who says you need color to have fun?
Speaking of neutral and beautiful, I’m still in love with this chest we selected for under the stairs. Hexagon antique mirror on wood. It’s really a special piece!
Just because the room is neutral, doesn’t mean it’s boring. We went bold on the bergere chairs with a black, white and caramel paisley.
I love black, white and caramel. I could do that scheme over and over again.
I just love how this room turned out.
It’s such a happy, beautiful space.
I know the whole family uses it and enjoys it too!
What a fun one to work on.
I’m hoping there are a lot more hip traditional projects in our future.
Thank you to Courtney Apple for the beautiful pictures.
Sources for this room can be found on the Style Me Pretty Living Home feature.