“Home” and “family”, the two words are almost synonymous. Our homes are our sanctuary in a crazy, hectic world. And they provide the anchor that keeps our family group from drifting too far apart. So it should go without say your family and its members are a key component to successful decorating.
Sometimes folks have a grand vision of their perfectly appointed and decorated home. But, practically speaking, family needs and lifestyle throw a wrench into achieving that vision. We always try to encourage our clients to decorate for “the way they live” rather than “the way they wished they lived”. That’s not to say you can’t have a beautifully styled home. But, failing to consider the way you use a room is the first mistake most DIY decorators make when styling a space.
This week, we helped a couple with two young girls put a few more finishing touches on their beautiful home in Roselle. For this phase, we wanted to complete the main Living Room area, create a play space of the girls and brighten up the dark Master Bedroom.
In their long, rectangular Living Room, our goal was to create a kid-friendly, but adult space for tv and entertaining. We also wanted to create a separate play area for the two, young girls which could be tidied easily while keeping them under watchful eye.
We began by replacing the fabric sectional with a leather sofa and love seat. Sectionals are very unforgiving and offer limited possibilities when playing with furniture placement. And while some wouldn’t consider leather to be kid-friend, it is strong and durable. It’s definitely easier to wipe clean and almost never looks dirty. To the new seating, we added new, walnut-colored end tables. The homeowners used chalk paint to give their entertainment console a fresh, new look and helped us avoid too many mismatched woods in the space. Finally, we layered in a new area rug, blue upholstered storage ottoman, off-white/blue floral window panels, large, colorful artwork, a pair of table lamps, greenery and accessories.
With kids come toys, lots of toys! So we looked for every opportunity for places to tuck them away when not in use. The storage ottoman in the “adult” area was a good start. To it, we added complimentary storage cabinets flanking the play area. Cube baskets inside are perfect for dolls & smaller toys. We also slightly angled the furniture to create a nook behind the sofa for larger pieces. Finally, we dropped in decorative boxes by the door to quickly catch smaller items.
Playing off other colors in the home, we blended teal from the adjoining Family Room and dark blue from the Master Bedroom as part of our color story. Luckily the girly-pink in the play area and the deep rich blues we used in the Living Room play perfectly together. So we were able to unite the two spaces using accents of both.
In the Master Bedroom, our goal was simply to lighten and brighten. While darker walls are restful in bedrooms, it’s important to balance them with lighter bedding especially if your bedroom furniture is also dark. Rather than replacing the bedding, we simply introduced a pair of white pillows and a white bed throw. We also angled a new, fluffy white area rug under the bed. We finished by replacing the dark, blue window panels with lighter ones with accents of blue embroidery.
Home is definitely synonymous with family. Decorating for the way a family lives and functions is more important than having everything be pretty but not practical. Helping this family find a happy balance between the two is why we love doing what we do.
Happy Family First Decorating from Decor Designs. 815-245-2433