Chestnut Hill Family Room Before and After

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.

family room before

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…

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- Family Room built-in bookshelves

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.

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- bookshelf detail

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.

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- Family Room bookshelves

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.

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- Family Room fireplace

 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.


family room before 2


12 family room 3

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.

ottoman with rugs

family room sofa ottoman stools

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- End table detail

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- Family Room sofa detail

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?

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Project- Family Room Chest

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!

paisley bergere chair by design manifest

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.

Design Manifest Chestnut Hill Family Room

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.

  1. Padhma

    Love it! Can you let me know where the coffee table is from?

  2. Kinga

    Hi, this is so lovely. The suzami sun pillows are so beautiful, do you remember where they came from. I’ve searched the pinterest, houzz and no luck so far! Thank you!

    • Naomi

      Hi Kinga,

      The suzani pillows were from Jayson Home.

  3. Bethany Anderson

    Gorgeous work! I referred to the source list in the magazine for the family room chairs and it lists Ballard Designs. However, I do not find either the fabric or the chair on their website. Is it possible the magazine made an error when it listed Ballard Designs as the source for those wonderful black, white and caramel paisley chairs?

    • Naomi

      We sourced the fabric ourselves.

  4. Laura

    This is absolutely beautiful. I love all the rooms. Can I ask who the painter is of the family beach painting on the wall in the living room space? I love the painting and would love to see more of the artist’s work.

  5. Brenda Murphy

    Using black, white and caramel never looked so good. Well done! Love the bold prints as neutrals.

  6. Good God girl….I could not love this neutral room more….it’s fabulous in every way. You took it to a new level!

  7. so, so beautiful! I love all the details and that bookcase!! Congrats on another amazing project!

  8. Shirley

    Simply beautiful!! Love the pillow choices, chairs, sofas. Well done on the neutrals!

  9. jackie

    this turned out so great! love how you repositioned the tv and the built-ins are so fabulous!

    • Naomi

      all sources are on the Style Me Pretty post listed at the bottom of this post. If the paint color is not there it means I do not know it. Sorry.

  10. Just gorgeous! I love the neutrals…….they’re anything but boring!

  11. Gaby

    wow, what a change!!! it looks amazing!

  12. Elisa

    what an amazing transformation. It was so dull before, it’s hard to believe it’s the same room. Great space planning!

  13. Kelli

    Swooning! Love seeing the before pictures as well. It really drives home what a beautiful transformation took place!

  14. Stunning as usual! You can do no wrong… maybe you should screw something up so the rest of us feel better? 😉

    Just kidding. Lucky lucky clients!

  15. Michelle Lugalia-Hollon

    What is the soft blue color on the walls? Gorgeous!

    • Naomi

      Hi Michelle, Unfortunately if it is not listed on the Style Me Pretty site, then it means I do not have it in my records.

  16. Holly

    That’s a WOW. You’ve made it look cozy and friendly and still liveable. And bright and airy and spacious all while bringing in 2 new sofas and a nice ottoman – really great work. And the built-ins were a great add and bring in even more character.

  17. Dana

    So, so pretty, Naomi! Very classy.

  18. BHH

    You are a truly talented designer.

  19. Just lovely! And you’re absolutely right – with neutrals it’s all about the different textures and layers and you struck just the right balance! I just clicked through to the feature on SMP too. That snakeskin covered ottoman might be my favorite thing. So good!

  20. Dayna

    I absolutely love how you’ve layered the room in texture and neutrals. Hip traditional is where it’s at! Congratulations on a beautiful project Naomi.

  21. Nancy

    This is an absolutely gorgeous room Naomi, and beautiful photos! Love the pillows, and the soft blue in the bookshelves. Another stellar job! xo Nancy

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