Creating a Bold Family Room in Wayland

After many months, I've finally completed a few big projects and will be sharing them over the next month or so with you (yay!).  The first is a vibrant and bold family room in Wayland.  My clients are a lively family or four who moved from a condo in Brookline to a much larger home in Wayland.  It's new construction and beautifully built with lots of great finishes and details. After living in the home for nearly a year, the family decided that their old pieces of furniture from their condo just didn't fill the space like it should and that's when I came in to help.  

My clients love contemporary and modern furnishings and aren't afraid to make a statement. The room had a neutral backdrop of beige walls, a gray stone fireplace, and white bookcases so we added bold colors, patterns and textures throughout.

In order to fill out the space, we replaced a standard 80" sofa with a new L shaped sectional from Mitchell Gold Bob Williams.  The navy blue fabric is durable, yet super soft, and stain friendly (they have two young boys so we all know how important that is!)  Instead of a coffee table we opted for a round, tufted, leather ottoman in a caramel color to bring some warm colors into the room.  The gray wool rug is a bold, geometric pattern, that's chevron-esque and appropriately titled "Hippie Beads".

Opposite the sectional, we added two womb style chairs in a wool & acrylic fabric along with an adjustable glass and chrome accent table.  I also found some beautiful abstract artwork from an artist on Etsy named Lola Donoghue that helped balance the boldness of the sectional.  We had it shipped to us on canvas and then stretched at a local frame shop.

You know I LOVE me a built-in bookshelf and it was fun to accessorize these with adult & kid books, items they've collected over the years, and new pieces that worked with the overall vibe of the room like these marble bookends from West Elm.  And my favorite accessory on the shelf are those custom Chuck Taylor's.  My client (who is a fellow Maryland grad - Go Terps!) had her 2002 National Champions t-shirt made into chucks.  How cool are they?

Behind the sofa we added an acrylic console table with some fluffy stools underneath to provide extra seating when guests come over.  The Tube artwork was my client's from when she studied abroad in London and the primary colors fit in well with the decor so she had it framed using Framebridge.  And not pictured is an arc lamp that provides ambient lighting throughout the room.


I hope you enjoyed this project and don't forget to come back to see more rooms I've been working on over the next month or so including a beautiful black & white bathroom and a fun boys bedroom.

Photography by Jourieh Hage