Hello Friends!

I’ve been away from blog land for a couple of weeks  . . . my husband and I returned last week from an amazing week long ski trip to Colorado and re-entry back into the real world took me a bit of time!   Now that I’ve gotten my quota of fun winter sports filled I’m happy that spring is right around the corner here and it’s been beautiful this week.  Sunny skies, 50 degree weather and the piles of snow are MELTING before my eyes!  YAY!!!!

I wanted to share with you all another exciting redesign project for my clients, Lori and Dirk.  They live in a charming 1940’s ranch tucked away on a wooded lot in the middle of suburbia and over the course of the last few years have been updating and making it their own.  I was called into action when it came to their 3 season room.  They were flummoxed on how to proceed to make sure it flowed with the rest of their house, maximized function and made the most out of the features of the room and view to the backyard.

Since they are local I was able to meet with them in person for the redesign interview and take measurements.  Dirk let me know that he likes color.  Lori likes a Pottery Barn feel.  Having a big, sweet dog and two cats (and like my household) the pets are absolutely a large part of the family so the plan needed to be pet friendly.  Lastly, they requested two design concepts for the same room.  Yep . . . I can do that!

Today I’ll be sharing the first of those two concepts . . . and here it is!

Design Concept 1Concept 1 Floor Plan

Because the room is very long (28’4″) it absolutely allows for multiple functional areas.  Having an area to relax being a priority for the clients, for this version I started with the below lounging vignette.  Anchored by an 8×10 indoor/outdoor rug, the pet friendly wicker sofa and chairs are flanked by coordinating end tables and wood orb lamps that help to bring the outdoor elements into the room.   The pillows echo the floral rug only on a much smaller scale.  You’ll see from the picture that the actual color of the sofa and chair cushions is not well represented in the images of those items but is actually the darker, richer deep cranberry.   The clients will be using an existing family heirloom chest as a coffee table.

Design Concept 1 Seating Vignette

The below vignette allows for the clients to have an area for eating or entertaining and is again anchored by an indoor/outdoor rug.  Because the couple is not afraid to roll up their sleeves on a project, I suggested finding a pedestal table (Craig’s list always has a ton of them) to refinish and/or chalk paint.  Not only does this keep the budget in check but can give them a tremendous amount of “I did that” satisfaction!

Design Concept 1 Table Chairs

Rounding out the furniture selections I again suggested hunting down, either through Craig’s list or any thrift store, a couple of dressers similar to the ones below to paint and to again keep the budget in check.  One can be used at the end of the room adjacent to the fireplace and may have a television on it (still being debated discussed by the couple).  Alternatively, wouldn’t this charming and colorful “love birds” 35×35 canvas print be great?   Every time I look at it I smile!  The other painted dresser can be a great bar/serving area with the lamp providing another layer of lighting.

 I’ve suggested Benjamin Moore’s Cheyenne Green for the walls which will coordinate nicely with the adjacent room’s color (Benjamin Moore Sage Mountain).

Design Concept 1 Accent Pieces

Last but not least I’ve suggested the below trio of ceiling fans as well as blind treatments for the western facing wall of windows.  Because the natural wood cathedral ceiling (to be whitewashed) is met by a soffit on the window wall, standard size fans will not work.  These charming fans have small but mighty blades that will effectively move the air as needed.

Design Concept 1 Fan and Window Treatment

It’s not often that I receive a request to provide two concepts for the same area and I can’t wait to show you the second concept in my next post!  If you’re interested in hearing more about how I can assist you let me know!  Drop me a line here!

Until the next time,

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