January 13, 2021

My New House: The Family Room Plan

Today they are finishing up the built in install in my new family room, as we rush to the finish line before our move late next week. After this wraps today, the floors get sanded and stained and then just the finishing touches are left (most will now happen after we move in).

The conceptual drawing:

I think we did an amazing job with a tricky space. I will share more pictures of how we made this work below, given it blocks a window partially. I was worried I would regret this, but I don’t ONE BIT – this makes the room feel so cozy but grand at the same time. Thanks to Luke at Brookes + Hill and Jake at Paramount Woodworking for helping me figure this one out!

I ordered a cast stone mantel from Arch Casting for the gas fireplace, which won’t be here for a while. The fireplace insert is Town & Country (with Park Avenue herringbone liner). The reason I picked this one is that my Dad said they are the best, and I trust him, and they are flush with the floor- which appears more like a real fireplace.  Also I love the options for the liner and log set. The hearth will be a remnant of Calcatta marble.

The room itself I want to be super open and airy and neutral. A mix of clean lines with some texture and antique pieces. I actually ordered our sectional from Maiden Home after ordering a couple pieces from them for clients. The price is incredible, as is the time frame (all my trade vendors are currently running 16+ weeks!!!). We sold our current sectional to the new owners so we needed one as fast as we could get one, and they make a quality product. The 10-foot ceilings allow for a large but simple Circa fixture, and the windows will be dressed in crisp white linen panels.

Since we don’t have an informal eating area in the kitchen (other than four counter stools), I bought a small oval tulip table and woven chairs we’ll use against the wall to the right of the pass through to the kitchen (we removed the fixture there).  This will be a good place to have a quick dinner or for Henry to do his art projects/ experiments (it’s a convincing faux marble top!) The console behind the sofa is SUPER long and with a bunch of baskets, a great place to conceal clutter! It’s not a lot of furniture, but it’s functional.

LINKS: art (pipe dream- Michael Gaillard piece I’ve loved for YEARS) // dining table // chairs // sconces // chandelier // sectional // ottoman (to the trade) // side tables // picture lights // wall color: BM Winds Breath // rug- new indoor/outdoor from my new collection, coming in June // drape inspiration via Katie Rosenfeld Design/Makkas Drapery Workroom // The Frame TV // mantel // console // baskets // lamps 


I think it’s going to be one DRAMATIC before and after!!! Stay tuned!


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