Before: Wide Open SpaceEllen and David want their family room to be the go-to spot in their house and they've asked designer Kenneth Brown to come up with a casual, beach-themed room with plenty of storage for David's enormous record collection.
- Go with the architectural flow. A long and narrow window is mimicked with a long and narrow built-in bench below it.
- Tie artwork together with similar frames. Ellen and David's young daughter loves to draw so Kenneth incorporates her masterpieces into the design by simply using the same kind of frame for each.
After: Beach-Themed Family RoomWith a little bit of demolition, Kenneth gives the couple a great-looking room that's both kid- and guest-friendly. In order to give them the storage they need, he moves the bedroom door to accommodate a custom built-in bookcase that spans the entire length of the wall. Kenneth also acquires more space by removing the wet bar and storage room. Once the square footage is settled, he moves on to the floor plan, fabric, furniture, color and accessories.
A large sofa, three armchairs and an oversize ottoman anchor the seating area, which is reoriented looking out to the pool. The pieces are covered in a variety of patterned and textural fabrics. Dark wood tables and furniture accents add a touch of drama to the tailored room. Crisp white cabinetry pops against the ocean-inspired soft blue walls. A blue and white striped rug adds color to the hardwood floor, which is extended for a seamless look. The trick? Kenneth has some of the existing hardwood randomly removed then pieces in the new.
wall color (SW 6520 Honest Blue) — Sherwin Williams
flooring — Westside Floors
bench cushion — L.A. Comfort Inc.
draperies — Designs by Bonnie Price
custom cabinetry, record drawers, bookcases and bench — Showcase Inc. Custom Cabinetry
side table (Wesley Pedestal Table) — Crate & Barrel
glass for built-in cabinetry — National Glass
cabinet hardware (#284b — 3 Flush Pull Chrome; #209d — Library Chrome Pull) — Crown City Hardware
drapery fabric (drape: Tyrone Haze; border: Wardian Chambray) — Pindler & Pindler
furniture and pillow fabric (Charleston chair #6742 Normandy Mocha; Raggedy sofa #7726 Gastogne Flex; Versaille chair # 7727 Brabant Ocean; Versaille chair cushion #8328 Quinlan Mocha; bench cushion #8100 Rockwell Lagoon; pillows #P2028 Wardian Chambray) — Pindler & Pindler
table lamp (Caroline Glass Hurricane Urn Lamp) — Restoration Hardware
blue dhurrie area rug — Wisteria Catalog
room screen (Suva Screen #26120 4 Panel 72" Brown) — Home Decorators Collection