It’s February… and whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or none of the above, I hope you still feel the L-U-V this month! This before and after seemed like a great share leading up to Heart Day because it was one of the most heartfelt projects I’ve worked on. There was so much that was warm and fuzzy about this family and this space and I’m not just talking about their amazingly adorable dog who I would have put right in my car and driven home if I could (don’t worry, I didn’t…but I still might).
I talk a lot about how your space should reflect YOU and what YOU love. But, here’s the thing. I actually really, really, realllllly mean it. When Raquel and Joe explained they had things that they were passionate about and items that held sentimental value to them AND that they wanted to use them in this space, I got real excited about this project in a hurry. They also have a strong love for family both immediate (two rad sons!) and extended… and it showed.
To start, this dining room and bar area already had a lot going for it. It was open and modern and full of natural light. There were some basics in place that the family wanted to keep and use (specifically the overhead light, dining table and chairs, rug and bar) but were open to adding in some new things to take it next-level. This space was mostly used for large family gatherings and hang-time at the bar… where there was lots of homemade wine for the taking (totally my kind of place).
Raquel and Joe were looking for a rustic, cozy, warm and inviting space. These became the keywords when I started working on their design board. The palette was driven by the colors in the rug and the natural wood tones and distressed finishes brought all those farmhouse kind of feels they were hoping for.
The first step was to look at changing up the wall color. We wanted to still keep things feeling light but a little bit warmer…and this little change made a world of difference.
It was important to them to still be able to host large family gatherings but they also wanted to add a little more to the space, particularly on the bar side of the room. Between the windows seemed like a perfect spot to add a little additional cocktail seating and we kept the furniture light and easy to move in case they needed a little extra room for a buffet table during the holidays.
A brand spankin’ new cozy nook was created in the corner for reading or wine drinking (or both!) and featured a darlin’ little wine barrel end table. The dining room got a facelift with some new wall decor and the semi-custom window treatments throughout the space really help to warm things up big time.
And what about those close-to-the-heart items? Raquel and Joe have a love for all things classic rock and had some super sweet memorabilia that they wanted to display. The bar area was a natural fit for John Lennon and friends… and we also added in a custom “keep it classic” sign to echo the music and to bring the warm rustic feel over to that side of the space.
Raquel also had some special objects that were made by her grandfather and were close to her heart. Those were definitely deserving of a spot of honor and found a home in that new cozy little nook on a rustic shelving unit.
And finally, we were able to display some of that homemade wine throughout the space on these hand-crafted wine racks from Etsy.
When the project was done, I was super happy to hear how much they were enjoying their new space with family and friends. I also LOVED hearing that they feel like they added on a whole new room to their house. The bar side wasn’t regularly used, but Raquel says that her husband will now pop in there to read in their new comfy space. Whenever I look back at pictures of this space, I imagine that sweet dog laying at the feet of family and friends who are enjoying some great food and listening to a little Hendrix…and of course, sipping on some of that homemade wine.