Well hello everyone! We have been very busy over at The Designed Home, painting, accessorizing, decorating, staging, and refinishing cabinets! So busy that I barely have time to share the pictures. But today I am excited to show you an incredible before and after.
This client is a friend of mine and we started her redesign project in January. She had not updated her furniture and decor for about ten years and was ready for a change. After meeting a couple of times, we set these design goals in search of a whole new look:
- a fresh new color of paint
- new furniture for family room and kitchen nook
- new lighting
- new curtains
But what about the style? Becky loved elements of the farmhouse style, but her current home was very traditional. So we ended up with a mix of farmhouse with some contemporary elements like metallics (notice the gold lamps). The end result: Casual and Classic.
The eating nook:
Becky wanted a new table that could sit six comfortably. I found these Moroccan style curtains that are a bold pattern, but this room could handle it. We added a circular light which looks great over a circular table. Add in faux leather chairs that weather spills and a cute tray with succulents and there you have it!
So lets dive in a bit…
We started with painting the walls one of my favorite grey colors: Scroll Beige (trust me, it looks grey). After discussing room layout, we decided to go with a design that accommodated the most seating possible for when Becky and her husband host groups in their home. Also, Becky wanted to be able to see the TV from the kitchen while she was cooking. Function always comes first in design!
Then we picked the general color scheme for furniture and accessories…we would have a neutral palate of furniture, rug and walls, but then bring in blue and a pop of golden yellow with a few pillows and accessories and pattern in the curtains.
Becky’s husband had one request– swivel rocker chairs. We found these dark grey, light grey and cream chairs at a store in Denver called “The Showroom.” It’s also where we found her couches and end tables.
Notice the striped curtains behind the chairs? We found them at Pier One. They are a subtle pattern which works well with the bolder pattern in the chairs.
Design tip: Mix subtle stripes with bolder florals or larger prints.
These curtains also balance the strong Moroccan print on the kitchen nook curtains. As long as you carry the same colors through, you can pull off different patterns in elements of a room (well you can sometimes mix colors too, but that’s for a different post!)
The mantle design in is a mix of classic and contemporary (we called this picture the blue jellybean print). Mixing these two styles adds interest and surprisingly a sense of peace and calm.
Below: This mirror above the couch was originally above Becky’s fireplace mantle. She asked for it to stay in the room if possible. This wall could hold more, but since we had more going on with the mantle and other areas, we kept it simple.
We opted for a square coffee table which would allow some resting of feet and plenty of surface area for drinks.
This before and after gives a good view of what “lightening and brightening” can do for a room. If you are wondering how to do that in your home, start with lighter walls and lighter furniture. Then add in color with accessories, curtains and pillows.
I found this navy blue lantern –love! And the yellow flowers from Home Goods….
One final pic!
THERE’S MORE! But for another blog …(we also worked on updating Becky’s bedroom, dining room and bathroom).
Hopefully this post gave you a new idea or two for your house. Almost all of the items you see in these rooms besides the main furniture came from Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Pier One, or Target.
If you want to see our progress on projects on a week to week basis, follow us on Instagram @amyandval. We have a lot of fun over there and I post design tips too.
Have a great rest of your week!
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