Design Tips | Pulling a Family Room Together

Aside from the kitchen, the Family Room is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where your family gathers for all sorts of events and occasions and is most likely an area that you enjoy being in. That’s why we think it’s important for the family room to be a space that is comfortable but also durable while also just being pretty! If you have to be in it a lot and are looking at the things in the space, make them enjoyable to be surrounded by! As with every space, there are layers that should go into a family room. We’ve broken them out below to give you some food for thought the next time you decide to redecorate.

Add textured fabrics. This little tidbit is pretty much a standard piece of advice that we give for any room…except maybe the bathroom. But texture in general is huge for us! Texture is what adds depth and interest to any space. A family room in particular will have fabric on multiple applications — drapery, seating, pillows, blankets, so you have lots of ways to add texture in. The nice thing about texture in a family room is that it often does well hiding “use”. Not all, but many textured fabrics have shadows that are created by the high-low effect of the texture and these shadows help disguise dirt! So plus, plus! Visually interesting AND practical!

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Mix neutrals. If you’re like us and you gravitate towards neutrals (which isn’t uncommon in a “common area”), then this tip will hopefully help you boost your use of them. The colors that we consider neutral range from the blacks, whites, ivories, and charcoals to tans, beiges and browns, but also include denimy blues and navy. So this is actually a good thing in a family room because, if you want to use all neutrals but you know whites, tans, and beiges are not going to be practical for your family, you’re in luck. Mixing in some brown, grey, and even a darker blue will all work together! This mix of color with allow you ways to hide dirt and spills (if used wisely) while also giving your room some visual depth by bringing in a variety of darks and lights.

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Include moveable pieces. This tips is purely for functionality. We all know that a family room is a space where there could be 3 people hanging out or 10. Family move nights happen there but so do birthday parties and game nights. So, in order to accommodate varying amounts of people, include smaller pieces of furniture that are easily moved. This could be small accent tables for drinks or even ottomans for additional seating. You know how your family uses your space best so you may need more of less of these, but we’re pretty sure that including a couple of these elements will come in handy regardless of who you are!

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Patterned Rugs hide a lot! One big impact piece that will definitely get a lot of wear in a family room is the area rug. From spills to foot traffic to pets, a family room rug will take a beating. You can approach selection of this piece from different angles — some want to spend the money on it so it will hold up while others feel that a less expensive rug is best since it will likely get replaced often. Either approach is fine, however when it comes to style, we recommend something with pattern. Pattern doesn’t have to mean something crazy and in your face but it does usually mean a variation in color that will hide the use. Larger scale patterns are often better but that’s not to say that some smaller scale patterned rugs couldn’t work too.

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Consider fabric type for practicality. As we’ve already discussed, family rooms are high traffic areas as well as multi-purpose spaces, it’s important to consider the best type of fabrics for use in a space like this. While the color and pattern and texture all matter, the material makeup is important too! Linens and silks are beautiful but not practical. Leather is great for repelling spills but can be scuffed and torn. Oftentimes a blend of natural material and synthetic fibers (like polyester) work well for durability. Wool is easy to clean and cotton is washable. Also consider selecting fabrics coated with crypton —the liquid will literally bead up and roll off — it’s where a lot of fabrics are going.

Overall, the family room is an important space. It has a lot of boxes that need to be checked off to make it right but it is possible! Fabric options are endless and there’s no reason you should have to sacrifice comfort, durability, or style in a space like this!

Recent Happenings | Coastal Modern Model Home Install

Things have been busy busy for us recently! We’ve been working on a bunch of renovations which are always a long process. We’ll have some before and after to show of those areas soon, but for today we wanted to share with you our recent model home install.

This model, built by Park Square Homes, is located in Reunion. The builder wanted it to feel very “Florida” since it’s located near a large vacation community. They wanted to show potential buyers what a Florida home could really be. Not to mention that it’s near some fabulous golf courses!

We played on blues and greens in all different shades for this design. The common areas have a soft sea glass blue with pops of greenery while some of the bedrooms and bathrooms get some deeper emerald and teal hues. We used some coastal elements of sea grass and shells but tried to keep those “on the nose” items to a minimum and let the color story do most of the talking. It’s airy and comfy and we love how it turned out! Check it out for yourself!

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Beyond the Bedroom | Closet Trends

Closets aren’t just those places you closet the door and hide stuff in anymore. Closets have become showpieces where beautiful chandeliers hang and upholstered pieces of furniture sit. Closets have gone from storage spaces to dressing rooms! So today we’re breaking down what the newest closet features are and how these changes and transforming the closet standard forever!

For starters, the typical closet system isn’t just a plain white or stained wood material. Closet systems are being custom made with mixed materials. Or the closet is outfitted like a kitchen with a perimeter shelving system that is one color and a contrast island in a different color wood — some painted, some stained. One of the big goals with closets now is to make them look like the clothes are in actual pieces of furniture (like a wardrobe) instead of just being stored.

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Ambient lighting is also turning into a big closet trend. Not only are people installing gorgeous focal chandeliers in their closet for overall lighting, they’re installing under-cabinet lighting, rope lighting, back lighting, cove lighting and all sorts of other specialty lighting that warms up the closet and highlights the clothing, purse, or shoe display.

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The introduction of materials like glass and iron has also become popular. Homeowners may have a walk-in closet with each wall built-out as a case with glass doors. Again, just another way to add layers and put personal items on display.

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Bringing in upholstered pieces of furniture is also key to transforming a closet into a dressing room. It’s always nice to have a place to sit to put on your shoes but instead of just a little bench or ottoman, why not bring in a big comfy chair that can also double and a place to lay out your clothes or set your bag down. Regardless, these pieces of furniture are what contributes to making a space feel more inviting and comfortable instead of being purely functional.

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Everybody loves a gorgeous closet and it makes sense that they’re upping their game. First the kitchen went from a cooking space to a gather space and now the closet is basically a lounge space!

Design Trends | Decorating Trends for 2019

It’s hard to believe we’re already almost a month into 2019. It’s a new year and if you’re like us, you’re wanting a fresh look for your home. We know we’ve all been bitten by the redecorating bug hard— most of us have started projects at our own homes in addition to working on our projects. Usually we’re like the shoemaker’s kids and neglect our own homes to focus on our clients but we’re all ready for a little change. Anyway, all that to say, if you’ve been bitten too and you’re looking for some fresh ways to update your home, there are some trends you can use as guidelines to make sure your updates last.

The first item is something we’ve been doing for years so it’s not technically new, but we do like that it will be a focus of 2019. Texture! Layers and layers of different textures will be hot this year. Most people think of fabrics when they think of textures but we’re actually talking about casegoods too. Casegoods with inlay of shell, bone, and mirror will be popular along with casegoods wrapped in the shagreen (kind of a leathery texture). What out nightstands, dressers, and consoles! Texture is coming for you!

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Emerald green is going to be a hot color this year. That rich, dark, earthy green. It’s going to be big and it’s going to be good! More and more upholstered pieces will be available in emerald (most in a velvet, making it even more lush) so don’t be scared to incorporate a little bit of it throughout!

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Speaking of upholstery— more and more furniture will come with a curved back and sides which is kindof a big deal. For SO long, the track arm, square back look has been what people want so moving away from that to the curved back is a major shift. Of course, the track arm, square back pieces will always be classics but don’t be surprised at the curved back options available to you!

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Natural wood tones were becoming popular in bathroom and kitchen cabinets in 2018 but there will be more and more of them in 2019. This earthy look that keeps things a little more natural is on its way up. It seems like we’ve gone through all the painted colors for kitchens and bathrooms so why not go back to the wood look just in a lighter stain?!

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Finally, a focus on windows will be big this year. People are beginning to see windows as the architectural details they can be and are bringing attention to them by painting out the trim in a contrast color like black or even replacing them altogether with the steel framed windows.

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We’re excited about 2019 and what it has in store! Be sure to keep stopping in to see what we’re up to!

Happy New Year! | More from 2018

Well, 2018 is gone, but the pictures will live on. Am I right?! I usually do a year-in-review post about this time but I’ve kept you all pretty up-to-date on what’s been happening around our studio over the past 12 months, so another re-cap post probably isn’t necessary. Instead, I’ll show you what we were working on towards the end of the year so you can see why it’s been so quiet around here lately!

This install was a special one. Our client found us on Instagram (because that is their chosen platform for their work) and we instantly connected with them. Their style is kindof funky. They love bright colors and have a bit of a mix of styles — their house is super traditional but we introduced some modern lighting, a few farmhouse touches here and there, along with pops of colors and some beachy elements. They also have a little one who got an updated room! (We always love doing kids rooms). So here are a few shots of the finished product! They loved it so we hope you do too!

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