Take an audio/visual tour of Stephen O’Brien’s design plan for the family room.
Wed, 20 Jun 2012|
A little base, a little bland, a little boring. Not exactly an inviting space for a family to spend time together. But with a little help from me, designer Stephen O'Brien and a lot of great sponsors, this room will be transformed into a warm, vibrant, versatile space for everything, from homework to hanging out. The homeowners really wanted a fireplace. So I started my design with this interesting free-standing elliptical unit from Morso. The [unk] design features a glass hearth that appears to float above the beautiful hardwood floor, allowing the wood to show through. The fireplace provides a focal point for one side of the room and is balanced on the other side by Thomasville Media Hutch that can house a TV, books, and games, everything necessary for a fun family room. Lighting the fireplace are a pair of chic wing chairs with a touch of urban flair. Across from them, [unk] swivel chairs which can face the fire or the Media Hutch depending on what's happening in the space. They're low-profile and curved lines are the perfect counterpoint of the traditional tuxedo sofa. I love to make shapes and styles and these comfortable pieces all worked really well together. Anchoring the whole arrangement is a gorgeous area rug that's really a bounty piece of Mohawk carpet. The rug itself is monotone. Its weave provides texture and a sense of new look without competing with the patterns in the upholstery. To add more texture to the room, I'm trying a unique window treatment from Levolor called Panel Track. The floor to ceiling panels glide on track, and when they're fully opened, the panels stack neatly on top of each other. The design style called Flax also adds texture and a warm neutral tone. One definitely defines the overall color palette of the room. I'm using Benjamin Moore Desert Tan on the walls to provide a backdrop for the rich teal tone in the fabric. Not just a basic black throughout the room, the hutch, the fireplace, and the coffee table [unk] the whole color scheme. The 4-inch downlight controlled by Lutron's one cut sliding control system also add [unk]. Clean and uncluttered, this functional family room is the very picture of my definition of New Tradition.