I had the pleasure of working with a lovely young family recently in Somerville who wanted to update their family and dining rooms. While they had a few great pieces of furniture they chose to keep (a sofa, chair, dining table & chairs), they wanted to add new elements such as lighting, rugs, artwork and accessories to update the space and make it lively and fun, but also durable and functional for the family of four. Here's how I helped them out:
The dining and family rooms are open to one another so I used navy rugs in a stripe and herringbone pattern to anchor the rooms. The rugs are indoor/outdoor and can literally be hosed off if something spills on them. Incredibly family friendly!
In the family room, I rearranged the furniture to center it around the gas fireplace. The tan leather poufs can be used as ottomans or extra seating when friends are over to play. I incorporated some acrylic nesting tables and a side table from Oomph that can easily be moved around as well for adults to sit their coffee (or wine!) on while the kids play. The side table also doubles as a stool for extra seating.
I found this awesome photograph of an old Union Pacific train to use as artwork above the sofa. Their oldest son LOVES trains so this is a favorite of his. It's refined and interesting enough for grown-ups too! The blue geometric pillows and orange floral pillow balance one another out and provide more pops of color on the sofa.
In the dining room, we swapped out the existing drum light fixture with this awesome gold urchin chandelier and boy, did it bring some excitement to the space. While their style is more transitional, I wanted to add something that made a statement. I love how it works with their more traditional dining set.
The artwork on the wall is of Rosemary sprigs and adds a little emerald green color to the room (a current favorite of mine).
This was all done on a modest budget, proving you can make a big impact with any budget. I hope you love it as much as they do!
Photographs by Marisol Marquez Photography.