Chic, Sophisticated Home With High Ceilings Is Great for Entertaining

This stylish home renovation opened up the living space for entertaining by removing a bearing wall and adding steel support beams. A soothing neutral and gray palette helps the space feel chic and sophisticated.

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February 02, 2016

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Sophisticated Living Area Features Chic Furniture & Tall Ceilings

Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family. Designer Heather Garrett and her team's approach was to utilize materials that were both luxe and livable, taking into consideration pets and a baby on the way. The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.

Detail of Textured End Table & Accessories

A delicate metal sculpture, wooden box and coaster are featured atop this round, textured end table with a mirrored top.

Chic & Sophisticated Living Room

Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxation and entertaining friends and family. The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. The compartmentalized main living spaces were opened up with the help of a structural engineer. A bearing wall and two outdated columns were replaced by steel beams that fit into the ceiling system above, and the structural work continued all the way down to the footers in the basement. Designer Heather Garrett and her team worked decorative moulding around the new ceiling beams to make it appear as if they were always part of the home.

Candelabra Chandelier

The vaulted ceiling in this newly updated living room features this candelabra chandelier made out of wrought iron and crystal.

Chic Living Area Features Gray Sectional & Brown Leather Ottoman

An enclosed sunroom was opened to the rest of the first floor to create a flexible family living area.

Detail of Oval End Table & Decorative Bowl

The mix of end tables keeps things interesting in this living room. Here, an oval-shaped end table with a mirrored top features a decorative bowl with green filler that ties in with the green design in the nearby chair.

Chic Living Room in Gray & Neutral tones

A soothing palette of gray and neutral, this updated living space feels chic and sophisticated. Different patterns and textures add dimension and interest to the space.

Detail of Textured, Brass End Table

The wavy texture of this brass end table complements the smooth, velvety fabric of the nearby sectional sofa.

Sophisticated Living Room Features Chartreuse Wingback Chair

This updated, sophisticated living space features touches of chartreuse found in the wingback chair and throw pillows. The buffet rests against one wall with a large mirror that reflects the rest of the room and visually expands the space.

Detail of Drum End Table Features Lamp & Elephant Sculptures

Beside the gray velvet sectional, a drum end table in pewter is the perfect addition to this chic living space. A pair of elephant sculptures and a chainmail lamp complete the ensemble.

Cozy Media Room With Projection Screen

A few walls and doors were reconfigured to create an enclosed media room in the basement. An open basement plan was slightly reconfigured with the help of an engineer, and the final product is a cozy media room with seating for 12.

Media Room Features Lovely Teal Sofa

Young newlyweds were looking to transform their home into a chic, sophisticated space for both relaxing and entertaining friends and family. The renovations were all about creating spaces for entertaining. A few walls and doors were reconfigured to create an enclosed media room in the basement, with this teal velvet sofa as the focal point of the room.

Detail of Leather Chair With Nailhead Trim

The media room offers style and comfort. A brown leather armchair with nailhead trim pairs with a metal c-shaped end table and leather ottoman and feels extra cozy sitting next to the large stone fireplace.

Outdoor Lounge With Fire Pit

The wooden deck and stairs were problematic for the homeowners in terms of maintenance and also entertaining. So, it was replaced by a new stained concrete deck featuring steel railing and supporting columns to coordinate with other site elements. Designer Heather Garrett and her team increased the deck's footprint by a few feet to allow for additional seating and a convenient grilling space right off of the main living area. The new structure was designed to keep rain out of the patio below, so Garrett and her team seized the opportunity to improve the ground-level patio space by adding motorized screens, five ceiling fans, wood storage for the fire pit and an outdoor television. The aging patio slab was replaced by a new contemporary paver system and its footprint was enlarged to create more area for lounging.

Patio Features Rocking Chairs & Stone Fire Pit

The deck was rebuilt because of water damage. That gave the client the opportunity to have it extended to create a grilling area immediately off of their kitchen as well as a fully screened patio on the ground floor.

Updated Patio With Fire Pit & Multiple Seating Areas

A flexible entertaining space with multiple seating areas was created by replacing and extending the concrete paver materials. A fire pit is anchored by a plush sectional upholstered in bulletproof outdoor fabric.

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