For this project, I teamed up with my mom to help a couple redesign their living room in their summer house. Our clients were looking to get rid of all of the furniture and start fresh (they inherited the furniture when they purchased the home). They also wanted to re-work the fireplace (including converting it from wood burning to gas) and to hang a TV above the mantle.
Set in a coastal town, we knew this room needed to be brightened up. We painted the walls white and kept the color palette neutral with whites, creams, tan and blue. Our clients have a transitional style and we wanted the room to feel like it belongs in a coastal setting without being overtly nautical. We started by giving the fireplace a makeover. Initially, the mantle was too small and the red brick did not go with the new color scheme. We designed a custom mantle, added a Carrara marble surround, painted the hearth white, and had a black gas fireplace insert installed.
Here is a view of the fireplace before:
Here is the after:
Instead of using matching pieces flanking the fireplace, we paired a pine hutch with a rattan bookcase, to keep the mood more casual.
We replaced the heavy shades with drapery (which made such a difference) and incorporated a sectional, which was something the client expressed interest in.
Here is a before photo:
After (from a slightly different angle):
In the corner, we selected a blue striped upholstered chair, a woven side table and a brass lamp to create a reading nook. We set up a console next to it with poufs underneath that slide out for extra seating or to rest your feet on while reading.
Here is the corner before:
This room opens up to the client's office. We carried the same white paint through to the office and helped with some styling (they mainly kept their same furniture in this room with the exception of a few pieces).
A peek from the office into the living room:
We will be designing the remaining downstairs rooms this winter (including the family room, dining room and powder room). Stayed tuned!