From Victorian Tearoom to Cozy Living Room

Elegant fixtures, traditional finishes and comfortable furniture transform golfers’ gathering place.


Carroll and Paul own a traditional home on a wooded lot close to their favorite golf and country club. Guests are always coming by to play a round or two with the couple or to just hang out and watch golf on television. While most of the decor in the house had been updated over the years, the living room-the biggest entertainment space in the house-was left untouched. It looked like a Victorian tearoom, complete with old finishes, outdated lighting and prim furnishings. It was so lacking in style that Paul had even haphazardly hung a sheet on the wall that served as a screen for those televised golf games.

The couple desperately wanted a room that was comfortable and elegant and in which they could relax as well as entertain friends and family. So I gathered my crew and turned "Grandma's living room" into the ultimate golf-watching and entertainment space.



Working from the top down, I took out the room's anaglypta wallpaper and dated ceiling and replaced them with drywall. I settled on a rich color palette-inspired by the area rug in the home's dining room-of succulent raspberry, cream, chocolate and tan, and I painted the whole room in chocolate, contrasting it with crisp white trim.

I divided the room into two main areas: a fireside lounge and a patio-side sitting area. In the lounge, I refreshed the existing fireplace and installed a big-screen television above it. For a bit of style, I covered the screen with a remote-controlled piece of abstract art that covers it when not in use. I flanked the fireplace with creamy white cabinetry, complete with elegant mirrored backing and a mix of glass and wood shelves. In front of the fireplace, I put a big, comfy raspberry-colored sofa, two patterned chairs, a glass-topped table and a beautiful area rug in brown and cream.

On the other side of the room, I created a second furniture grouping that includes a round dark-wood table with striped chairs, a desk and a huge mirror. These all sit near a whole wall of windows that look out onto the couple's beautiful backyard. On the windows I put up wispy sheers, dummy panels in creamy linen and a 14-foot tailored valance. On the doors that lead to the patio I put up a frosted vinyl graphic film that mimics etched glass.

To lighten up the space, I put in recessed lighting, a crystal chandelier above the table and two matching sconces by the fireplace.

After adding some final accents and accessories - including throw pillows, lamps and artwork -it was "goodbye, tea time" and "hello, tee time."

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