Living Rooms

Before and After - A Fresh, Fun & Lively Space

Happy New Year, everyone!

If you’ve been following along on Instagram recently, you might have already seen some sneak peeks of this project in our stories, but this final reveal will give you some insight into our design process.

Here’s the background on the project…

Our client has four kids (let me repeat that, four kids) and called us in to design her family room, breakfast area, and help with her completely gutted kitchen. We were so lucky to work with her because her aesthetic is closely in line with ours and she is super sweet.

This client hired us because she knew how she wanted her home to look and feel but was unclear on how to achieve it on her own. And that’s where we come in. We understand how overwhelming it can be to make design decisions while living through a renovation, and our specialty is helping guide our clients to making decisions that are in line with their end vision.

Her main pain points were: How could she tie the kitchen, breakfast area and family room together? What should the size and scale of the new furniture be? She wanted the space to feel “finished” and ready to entertain family and friends — how do you go about achieving that “finished look” without it feeling too stuffy, too glam/ formal or overdone?

Not to worry… we got this. :) We created the perfect floor plan and sourced beautiful and comfortable pieces to fill the room, all tied in with the finishes chosen for the kitchen.

Here’s how it turned out...


Family Room

BEFORE

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What a beautiful space to work with! Our clients wanted their home to feel fresh, casual, and fun — but also  withstand the everyday reality of all the kiddos running around.

Our  first thought was warm woods, lots of texture paired with a fresh white palette and sophisticated touches of black and navy. The room also had to be comfortable and durable. So all  of the fabrics in this space are performance and kid-friendly. Bonus!

AFTER

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Ahhhhh… a place to relax,  breathe and entertain.

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The fresh stripes on the pillows, coffee table, and  the open split rattan weave of the chairs work well together to create a classic yet updated space that will stand the test of time.

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This styled bookshelf helps bring in more texture, warm woods and touches of green into the space. And the shiplap walls speak to our clean and fresh aesthetic.

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As you know, we’re big fans of fiddle leaf trees with oversized leaves. They add the perfect amount of freshness and natural color.

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Pattern on pattern and more texture … art coming soon!

Kitchen

We wanted to keep the kitchen feeling cohesive with the rest of the space, while also giving it some personality of its own. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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Another two-toned kitchen success story!

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Okay, confession. I just can’t get enough of these chairs. And would you check out how perfect this linear lantern looks above the island?

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Loving the warmth of this quietly stylish brass faucet.

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Breakfast Space

Normally, I’d want to call this a nook, but with a gang of 4 kids… a nook, this is not.

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Simple but cohesive light fixtures. Gorgeous wood table and chairs.  A pop of green. This space has got it all going on.

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Check out the coffered ceiling. Our client worked with a local custom builder to renovate the entire first floor and they added the ceiling and shiplap detail. And the result is stunning.

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These chairs are our jam.

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Since it’s an open floor plan, why don’t we take another look at the beautiful family room?

Our client loves their new space, and we’re pretty sure this family is already putting those performance fabrics to the test. ;)

Thanks so much for following along with us. We had a blast pulling it together, and it means so much to us to be able to share it with you. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter/blog if you haven’t yet! We have some more project reveals coming your way soon.

Until then,
Stephanie

Fun and Fabulous Family Room Room ... Before and After

I think this is the first time I'm sharing these pictures with you. This room was completed awhile back. 

I don't have any "before" pictures of this space but I do have  progress shots I'll share below. This family room is in an old, stately stone Tudor house located in a gorgeous main line neighborhood.

Our mission for the room was to make it fun, colorful and comfortable for a family of six. They're huge sports fans (hockey is their fave) and there is a ginormous TV to host family and friends and watch all kinds of sporting events.

The original trim throughout the home was stained oak. You can see the original trim below to the left. 

I suggested we paint all the trim, fireplace, windows and interior doors of this room a high gloss black to keep it sophisticated and the walls white for a beautiful neutral back drop. 

Here are the french doors painted high gloss. This was back in 2014 now its most definitely on trend as I told my client we were way ahead of our time:) 

There are two gorgeous large windows in this room that were also painted a rich black.

It was a STUNNING transformation.

 Loved it. 

It also helped make the TV disappear in between the two large freshly painted windows. 

The color scheme we chose was black, blue and white and pops of orange and pink. My client wanted FUN, not stuffy for her kids so that was what we went for!

There is a TON of seating in this space which I love. You can have a large group in here and there are so many places to sit you would never have to run to another room to grab a chair (those with large family parties know exactly what I'm talking about).

We chose a sectional and two chairs by CR Laine , a pair of x- benches, two ottomans and two chippendale chairs flanking a console table. All pieces had to have durable fabrics. The sectional is covered in a gray sunbrella and the other pieces in very durable fabrics as well. 

Here's a good look at the room

sectional and chairs by CR Laine

coffee table by oomph

side table Noir

sconces Visual Comfort

console table society social

cache pot Dana Gibson

There you have it!

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Blue and White Living Room -- A before and waaaaay after!

So I worked on this house many, many moons ago but just went back to photograph the home and work on a few more updates. I've posted about this space before but it was so long ago I'm not sure where to even find it on this blog:)

To make a long story short we re-configured a living room, dining room and kitchen... knocking walls down and making the first floor feel more open and spacious for a family of four kids.

Here is the before of the living room

I know its not a good shot. 

It has some over-sized furniture and yellow walls but fabulous windows letting in lots of natural light...so my thought was to really draw the eye to the beautiful floor to ceiling windows (they are actually sliders but they have so many doors in the back of the house they don't ever use these). 

Good thing for us. 

We were going for a casual, relaxed California vibe but with a bit of color and east coast symmetry:)

Here is the here and now.

 To be honest I'm SHOCKED everything looks this fabulous ... it's been over three years. 

If this were my house??? Forget about it. My dog and my five year old --- Total wrecking machines. 

For the photographs we moved some things around and her oomph coffee table is actually on order. I used mine for the pictures.

The beautiful Serena and Lily chairs were placed in front of the windows to allow as much natural light in as possible and because of the high contrast of the navy stripe on the white chairs your eye just goes to it.

Next time I'll share the kitchen pictures...

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Before and After Villanova Residence

Villanova Residence

Before and After

Here is a project that was finished awhile ago but we just got around to photographing. 

I absolutely adore working with this family and I'm so appreciative that they allowed me this opportunity and they trusted my vision!

The first room I helped transform was their cozy family room den

Here is the BEFORE

AFTER

Family Den

A study in neutrals...

Beautiful new built-ins were added to give height and dimension and architectural interest to the room. We also added brass library sconces from Visual Comfort and roman shades with simple greek key trim.

I love the warmth of the worn leather sofa from Restoration Hardware and the coolness of the dark gray walls. It's truly one of my favorite combinations.

We chose chelsea gray walls paired with lots of white for high contrast and to add depth and light to the space.

We also mixed metals and textures in styling the bookshelves... brass, mercury glass, lacquer, driftwood and creamy white objects.

It's all in the details...

We added a pair of mirrors flanking the bar area to make the space feel larger and reflect light from the large picture window.

The bar cabinetry was painted high-gloss white and the hardware was upgraded to a brass faucet and marble counter tops and back splash were added.

did u spy camera? need to photoshop these pics ha!

Loved keeping this space neutral. I think most people like my colorful designs but I do love designing neutral spaces too!

Moving right along ...scenes from  the "before" Dining Room 

Dining Room NOW! WOW!

We kept the window treatments and most of my client's beautiful furniture so we jazzed up the space with green grass cloth from Phillip Jeffries, new host chairs with pillow fabric from Aerin Lauder's line for Lee Jofa  and colorful modern art. The grasscloth has now become the star of the show!!

We also upgraded the lighting with classic yet modern fixtures from Visual Comfort and leopard lamps from Dana Gibson.

Table by oopmh sits next to window seat

And let's not forget this lovely little powder with Scalamandre and a striped roman...

SORRY no before

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY THE MOST FABULOUS

JOANNE POSSE

!!! 

XOXOX

Gardner/Fox was contractor used for family den.

That's all for now!! Thanks for Reading!! xoxo