1930s Home Receives Fun, Family-Friendly Makeover

When a family of five asked Lexi Westergard to redesign their historic home in Phoenix, Ariz., they had one request: make the space fun and family-friendly. See how the designer used warm colors, playful prints, clever storage solutions and durable furnishings to create the space they always wanted.

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August 09, 2017

Photo By: John Woodcock

Photo By: John Woodcock

Photo By: John Woodcock

Photo By: John Woodcock

Photo By: John Woodcock

Photo By: John Woodcock

Photo By: John Woodcock

Comfortable, Kid-Approved Living Room

With a warm leather sofa and two emerald green armchairs, this colorful living room boasts plenty of seating and style. A bright blue rug not only enlivens the floors, but also protects the wood from potential scratches and scuffs.

Drop Zone Tucked Into Stairs

To help the family of five stay organized, designer Lexi Westergard added a drop station to the base of the stairs with hooks and cubbies for shoes and jackets. The bench below works overtime, too, doubling as a comfy seat for afternoon reading.

Warm Pink & Blue Pillows

Peter Dunham pillows in pink and blue add a fun touch of color to the sofa. At the same time, a gold serving tray and ceramic accents balance the more casual pieces for a look that's warm but still sophisticated.

Trim for Character and Charm

To breathe a little life and charm back into this 1930s home, designer Lexi Westergard added trim around the fireplace and windows. Artwork and photographs framed in crisp black prints then personalize the space for its new residents.

Chic Black-and-White Fireplace

Rather than make the TV the focal point of the room, the design team used a matte black surround, large photographs and gold accents to keep all eyes on the fireplace. A gold tray and end table tie the design together.

Built-In Shelves Offer More Storage

On the other side of the room, built-in shelves turns the owners' favorite items into an eye-catching display. A large TV anchors the space, with cabinets underneath to keep family board games and DVDs in reach but neat.

Transitional Living Room Boasts Soothing Neutrals

"I love gray — I think I always will," says interior designer Lexi Westergard. "However, I am definitely using it differently than I have in the past. I still love it for bathroom cabinet colors, pillows, rugs and accents. I am loving more of a greige or white for wall colors. I think this year we will see white as the dominant, go-to neutral color for walls." If bright white walls are a bit out of your comfort zone, try a warm gray tone that’s light enough to almost look white, like Lexi did in this living room. She chose Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, one of her favorite paint colors.

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