November 4, 2019

A Before and After: A Formal, but Family Friendly, Living Room

Who doesn’t love a good before and after??? I certainly do. I’m psyched to show you this room we did for a local client who wanted to transform an unused formal living room space into a rich and cozy room for the whole family to enjoy (but mostly the adults).


The family didn’t really know how to use this space before, so it served as an overflow space for random furniture and kids stuff. It’s right at the front of the house off the foyer though, so its prominence meant it needed to actually be a WOW space.

These windows let in so much beautiful light, we really wanted to showcase them.


We actually designed a built in around the two windows on the far wall to create a more “library” feel and painted the whole room and the built in Farrow and Ball’s Green Smoke – SUCH a gorgeous color!  We wanted to lighten things up with linen tones and paler blues in the accent pieces.  We felt like the leather Chesterfield added a little masculine vibe to the space too.

The window seat cushions are an indoor/outdoor stripe and allow for extra seating in the room or a place for the kids to curl up with a book. We layered a GORGEOUS vintage rug over a solid wool to create warmth.

In the bay window nook custom drapes add some drama and are the perfect backdrop to a pair of cozy wingback chairs with ottomans – perfect for relaxing in.

We have been working on other areas of the home, namely the family room/kitchen, and got these little detail shots of the progress on that space to show you too. This chair came out simply ADORABLE.

How GORGEOUS did these drapes come out? And the pillows!

Here’s how to get the look of our green library room:

  1. Farrow & Ball Green Smoke // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14.

Photos by Sarah Winchester


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