Coastal Living Room/Office

Lilly Stamets wants her living room/office to have an inviting atmosphere where family and friends can relax. A family yacht business sign and rich coral fabrics inspire designer Karen McAloon to give the room a contemporary coastal style.

  • Before: Lilly Stamets doesn't live in her living room! She finds it too cold and uncomfortable to be in and her niece, Tina Smith, says its white walls and flimsy "motel-like" drapes don’t reflect who her aunt is.
  • After: Soft grays and blues plus furniture from another room create a contemporary, coastal-inspired feeling while a massive boating industry sign passed on from family becomes unexpected art. wall paint: Marina Gray 1599 (Benjamin Moore)
  • Before: This is the most dramatic yet dormant space in the entire house and has been a challenge for Stamets for 25 years. Friend Devi Brown dubs it "cluttered crowded."
  • After: Floor-to-ceiling curtains make the 16-foot windows stand out and let the light and view shine through. An organized desk area and interesting artwork will make this the most popular room now.
  • To create inexpensive artwork, seaweed from a floral supply shop is mounted to foam core with spray adhesive, and then light layers of blue spray paint are applied over it. Once it's removed, the seaweed has left a beautiful design behind!
  • Rows and rows of starfish that cost $1 each hang on nails to create a unique and inexpensive art installation above the desk.
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