When I was asked to work on this super fun and sentimental project for one very special family, it felt like I hit the design jackpot. After living in their home for several years, they decided it was time to help their family room reach its fullest potential. With two young children and a more casual lifestyle, keeping this space cozy and inviting was at the top of the list (along with rustic, traditional and warm). These adjectives screamed “FARMHOUSE STYLE” to me which was also what this client was feeling…yay! This beautiful couple met, fell in love (sigh) and began their story in Newport, RI so including some nautical touches in this family space was important to them. I absolutely love it when clients can find a way to make their spaces meaningful for them and their families.
This room had GREAT bones to start with….she’s a beauty. It’s a large open space with an interesting ceiling, awesome window shutters (that always make me jealous), a fireplace wall and some easy-to-design-around furniture that the family was keeping (namely the couch, chairs, black side table and black storage cabinet).
After creating a concept board that showed the coastal meets farmhouse look we were going for, the next step was to work out a floor plan to maximize everything this space has to offer. There were two main issues with the layout of the room as it was. No. 1: That fireplace wall had plans to become a focal point for the space so it needed a little more overall balance and symmetry. No. 2: If the furniture decided to play hide and seek, those two chairs in the back corner would win every time. You couldn’t see that adorable seating area when you walked into the room and being tucked behind the couch made everything feel a bit too tight.
To solve these problems, the chairs were moved to the opposite back corner of the room helping to make the space feel more balanced and inviting (add in an ottoman, some greenery and a lamp and you’ve got yourself a new little reading nook). This let the black storage cabinet move to where the chairs used to live, which in turn opened up the fireplace wall for identical bookshelves. It’s like furniture leap frog! Along with the move, the cabinet got a little facelift. Glass doors are so cute, but they stink at disguising clutter or things you just might not be interested in showing off. After adding some privacy film to the doors, games and toys are instantly camouflaged.
Turning the fireplace wall into such a focal point was a labor of love. A close friend of the family discovered and installed those beautiful, distressed, barn wood planks which added some serious warmth, dimension and texture…and there are future plans to cover the black granite by adding some stone to the fireplace surround. Rustic bookshelves on either side bring some definite balance and symmetry and show off some favorite accessories.
Another focal point is that gallery wall. When you’ve got an amazing photographer as a sister-in-law, you need to have a space to highlight those perfect family pictures. Adding in a gorgeous console table and simple-but-so-lovely lamps doesn’t hurt, either.
Some other finishing touches for the room include the new silver end tables (which are easy to look at and surprisingly easy to move), lamps to help add some more ambient night time lighting, and ivory jute curtain panels to add some style to those windows without overshadowing those shutters (and yes…I’m still jealous).
I’m hoping that this space is the setting for tons of happy memories and good times for this fantastic family!