BELOW/DURING & AFTER
BELOW/DURING & AFTER
Katy & Justin are just about the coolest!
They were excited, involved, nervous, apprehensive and incredibly trusting. The process was so much fun because I could just see where they wanted to go but they weren't completely sure what that meant for them. They had fantastic ideas and a definite style choice the challenge was trying to make all that flow together in a bit of an awkward layout and outdated features, like the existing fireplace.
The home is great and it was also once owned by Justin's mom. It's a very tight knit family and Katy & Justin have 2 adorable kids that also have a ton of toys and stuff. The ultimate goal here was to create a traditional space that didn't feel too stuffy, but also had a bit of an adult feel while still being able to be kid friendly. Also, they wanted it to feel young and modern without being "hip" and "of the moment." Both Katy & Justin wanted their living room to feel timeless and fresh.
COLOR was key here. Creating a neutral backdrop was the biggest element that helped introduce everything else. The pops of color, the different textures and materials and the mix of traditional & contemporary furnishings and accessories. When you have a mostly neutral palette as your foundation, you can pretty much layer anything onto that and make it work.
(COLOR): Martha Stewart Loose Powder in flat finish
ALL built-ins, molding & fireplace surrounds in pure white semi-gloss finish
I really felt that in order for this room to take shape and feel like it was rooted in some history we needed to address the outdated fireplace and give it a more updated traditional look and really carry that around the room with the built-ins and the molding detail. Once all that went in, it set the tone for everything else.
SCALE of furniture was incredibly important since we needed to maximize seating without having the room feel crowded. I know there's a tendency to place furniture up against a wall. It seems to make sense and in some instances it really does. In this case, the goal was to make a somewhat awkward layout feel more inclusive and inviting. By moving the seating area away from the walls and more into the center, it becomes a place that draws you in right as you enter the door while still utilizing the two focal point--The Fireplace & TV.
VALANCE over the outdated sliding glass door was a simple (eventually) way to follow the design theme all the way around and disguise the unsightly, yet very functional doors. Due to our budget and time restraints we couldn't change out the doors for something more appropriate. The Valance made sense on two counts and even if Katy & Justin change the doors in the future, the valance is still a great way to tell the style story in this room.
-BOB & GAYLE not only had the type of built-ins that Katy & Justin envied they were also an incredible inspiration in terms of "can do" spirit. Bob & Gayle took their design vision and made it happen themselves. Great job!
-MIKE & NANCY found ways to use Katy's favorite color (red) in accessories and small touches throughout their room s it would add to the design of their space and not overpower it. Way to go.
-CATHY was able to frame her giant widows with just enough fabric that is softened the room but it didn't obstruct the view or light. Katy & Justin wanted to capture that feeling and have the option to draws the curtains closed.
-ALL molding, fireplace materials, paint, hall ceiling entry light, hanging light over fireplace, wallpaper, curtains & hardware: LOWE'S
-Sofa: URBAN HOME
-2 Ankara Side Chairs & Feather Mirror above Mantle: CRATE & BARREL
-Victoria Hagan Montgomery Side Tables & Modular Storage Ottoman/Coffee Table: TARGET
-Metal Easel: RESTORATION HARDWARE
-Hemnes Side Table in White, Branas Baskets, Salong Red Vases on coffee table, Frame: IKEA
-Table Lamps: MORTISE & TENON
Thanks to RUTH, JARED, DANNY, RUPERT & RON for making this room come together. The work that went into those built-ins was insane & a special thanks to RUPERT for just being a mathematical and carpentry genius! Also, RUTH & JARED spent many a frustrating hour making my silly valance idea come together. THANK YOU!
We had a great time as per usual on this episode AND Justin's family owns a BBQ restaurant in the San Fernando Valley (I don't remember the name so if you're reading this Katy & Justin give the info) and they fed us VERY WELL! Great food.
Thank you for watching,