One Thing Calls For Another...

In continuing our

Before and After Series

, today we are featuring a

Family Room


We always recommend that the focus be on one room at a time.  Jumping from room to room, doing a little here and a little there seldom ends in satisfying results.

Today is all about a Family Room.  Well maybe not


about this room.  We are going to focus on the family room, but it is


just about one room.  Let me repeat,


Even though we are working in the Family Room and it's our primary focus in terms of colors, room arrangement, purchases etc.,we have to consider the entire house.  We need flow.  One room must complement the next.  Unless you are fortunate enough to start completely over and can get rid of everything you own (and by the way, call us if you can)


choice you make has already been somewhat determined by the present surroundings.

This project was completed  a few years ago.  The family had just purchased a flat screen television to be installed above the mantel. The color palette, style of furniture, etc. were pre-determined by what was already going on in the house. This was an update, not complete re-do.   The budget was definitely a consideration since they only planned to remain in the home a few more years.  Our goal was to give them a warmer more inviting space that their entire family could enjoy every day.

The Family Room Before...

I apologize for the quality of the Before Photos.  We even marked on some of them during the design process.  I never dreamed we would need them again.

This particular job was back when we took care of everything, including the special paint finishes.  Fortunately we now have a great relationship with a Faux finisher and leave this part of the job to them.  To warm the room up we did a faux stained wood treatment on the entire wall of bookcases and mantel.  This is a six step process. The end result was amazing!  It transformed the room.

Bookcases BEFORE...

Bookcases AFTER...

The pair of antique stools as well as the firescreen came from our shop.

The bar is on the opposite wall of the bookcases and fireplace and was painted white as well.  The back of the bar was mirrored and there were two upper cabinets with glass doors.  The client's husband is real handy.  He removed the glass doors and made large x box wine shelves to insert in the cabinets.

We painted the entire cabinet black , hand painted a design on the cabinet doors and at the top of the cabinet and finished with a glaze for an aged effect.  It now looks like a beautiful piece of furniture.


Bar AFTER...

The Venetian mirror installed over the existing mirror finished this off perfectly.  The French basket with dried arrangement (that "Sister" arranged) replaced a print.  The contemporary oil painting was purchased from a local artist by the client and replaced another print. The painting is really wonderful!

The sofa was not replaced but colorful antique rug pillows and a throw were added.  We found the round table at the end of the sofa in an upstairs bedroom.  It was originally dark cherry wood and we painted it black.

The leather wing chair was moved to the side of the fireplace and a pair of comfortable upholstered chairs were brought in.  We replaced the skirted table with a small trunk  the client was using somewhere else. We painted it chinese red with a glaze.    The coffee table was replaced with a new dark distressed wood table from

Cobblestone and Vine.

Custom draperies made a huge difference.  They soften everything and actually make the room look larger.



Probably our biggest single accomplishment on this job was convincing the client to to replace the ceiling fan with light kit with this iron chandelier.  We added hand dripped wax candles.  They absolutely love it now.  It is the crowning finish to this room.


As you can seeone thing does call for another.  Certain things in this design were pre-determined.  We call those "opportunities".  Exploring those always makes things better!

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