Rachel’s family room is primed and ready for a major makeover. Here’s her letter:
My family room is all yours. Nothing has to stay and I’m not afraid of color but like the idea of a neutral wall, with color in the furnishings and accessories. I need a rug for this space, so that’s another place to bring in some interest and soften those tiles (hopefully). You can go with tried & true ideas and pieces that have worked before since that’s why I’m here. I know that’s a lot of tile around the fireplace, but we have really loved the raised hearth for extra seating. Your fresh perspective will help so much in this room! We are getting a large flatscreen TV, so I need furniture for it since that armoire won’t work. And I’m ok with letting it go because I can’t even close the doors anymore. This room is used for Wii playing and computer work. I work on a laptop, sitting in the chair next to the window; the kids work on the desktop computer. It seems like you have found the secret to not sacrificing form for function, and I really need that here. The wall with the TV has the cable connections and internet cable, so we’d have to rewire if that is moved. So do that voodoo that you do so well! Please! Looking forward to the transformation! – Rachel
This space won’t even be recognizable when we’re through. Here’s the plan:
And now for the mood board breakdown.
1. Since Rachel is a fan of neutrals with some punchy accessories, our color palette will be full of rich browns, neutral tans/creams and a few pops of cinnamon and new grass green for a space that feels casual, alive, and oh so inviting. On the walls we’d love to see a subdued golden tan (Benjamin Moore’s Oakwood Manor) and the mantel and the beams can get a coat of crisp white paint if Rachel is open to painting them to make things feel less disjoint on that focal wall (there are so many vertical and horizontal lines going on, all that tile, so painting the beams and the mantel will instantly create a soft and soothing vibe- although leaving them unpainted will also work with this design plan). Then for just the back (not the shelves or the sides) of the built-in bookcase (which will otherwise be the wall color) we’d love to see a soft leafy green tone (Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Caroline) to add balance to the entire wall. It will mimic the green leaves that can be seen out the window on the other side of the space and add tons of eye pleasing symmetry. And painting the black mullions white on the window to the right of the fireplace will further unify that wall in a snap.
2. We’ll replace the old recliner in the corner with this updated that’s just as cushy and inviting but a bit more streamlined. And if Rachel still wants a place to put her feet up, this is charming and can be tucked out of the way for even more flow when it’s not in use.
3. Bringing in a punchy(for quite a steal) to replace the existing one will also instantly freshen up that corner of the room.
4. Switching out the loveseat and sofa combination with a will immediately make this room feel grander and more pulled together without sacrificing an ounce of space to lounge.
5. Since Rachel will lose the functionality of a side table between the sofa and the loveseat, placing a behind the couch will add usable surface area and also make the sectional look just as good from the other side of the room. The price of this Crate & Barrel lookalike is seriously amazing- and displaying orange, tan, and leafy green hardcover books, bowls, and other accents will add even more life and loveliness to the room.
6. Our accent pillows will really bring energy and layered style to the room while keeping comfort at the top of the priority list. We’d love to see this assortment of pillows (here’s the , the , the and ) on the sectional and on the “window seat” to the right of the fireplace for inviting ambiance and style to spare. Rachel can also select a favorite cuban painting or print with some of these tones in it and hang it about 18″ above the back of the sectional on the wall cross from the TV to balance things out even more and add something super meaningful.
7. When it comes to an object for over the fireplace, this gorgeous will add seductive roundness to a wall full of rigid linear accents for balance and va-va-voom style. The gold finish will also play perfectly with the cinnamon/orange accent colors around the room while keeping things textured and interesting. And at just $69 you’d be hard-pressed to find something like it for anything close to that price.
8. The biggest challenge in this space was figuring out how to keep a TV and a desk on the same wall as our new chair to the right of the fireplace. Three disparate pieces crowded along that wall could really ruin the streamlined and casual effect we were going for. But luckily this and curvy leave plenty of room for a handsome chocolate media stand in the middle of that wall.
9. Rooms that feel the most inviting and “easy” never have too many matching pieces around, so we opted to pass on a dark wood coffee table and introduce yet another material for that layered and collected-over-time effect. Isn’t this (it’s a mix of marble granite and other natural materials) a showstopper? We love the dimension and rawness that it brings to the room for a truly lived in yet luxurious feeling (, no worries about drink rings on this baby!).
10. This textured and decadent 8 x 10 ground the large sectional and add movement and energy to the entire space. We love how it will tie all the dark wood pieces together while referencing the lighter neutral tones we’ll be bringing in with the sectional and the wall tone.
11. And last but not least, here’s the that will house Rachel’s new flat screen TV and slip right into place between her new armchair and her sleek white desk. We like the concealed storage space that it adds to the room and also like the idea of snagging a long low storage box (like ) to slide in and out from under the TV stand and store all the video game components out of view.
So there you have it. A family room full of casual and inviting style. We can’t wait to see what you guys think!
Update: We sadly can no longer find the time to take on client commissioned mood boards (we now whip up general inspiration boards instead) but if we ever reinstate them we’ll make a big announcement!