A Bold, Eclectic Family Space

I am excited to share one of my favorite projects from last year! This family hired me to help furnish their new home in Lexington. Their style was more modern with an eclectic edge and Asian influence.  And they were just so awesome to work with - trusting me along the way and being great partners in the design of this space.  They had lots of great accessories and some existing furnishings we were able to play with which is always a plus.  Today I'm sharing photos of their living space and next week will reveal their master bedroom. Voila!

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

The living and dining room were open to one another so the blue and yellow/chartreuse color scheme stretched through both of these rooms.  We painted the walls a blue-gray-green and used woven wood roman shades in both to connect and warm up the space.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

We decided to use the client's existing leather sofa and accented it with chairs in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures including a chartreuse velvet swivel, caramel leather accent chair, and marine blue wool womb chair.  I wanted to use a vintage Persian style rug in the space and opted for one from my favorite Etsy rug vendor in a smaller size to keep us in budget.  We layered that overtop a Jute rug to fill out the space.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

The wooden bar with inlaid brass is from CB2 and is accented with their own barware. The vases on the coffee table are from Lekker and the artwork above the sofa is my client's own.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

In the dining room we worked with Saltwoods to create a custom table. My clients really wanted to do a live edge (something I typically shy away from), however, this one is just AMAZING. Even better in person. I love how they worked with this piece of Cypress, in particular waterfalling the edge on one side.  Just so cool.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room

I also found this chinoiserie style China Cabinet for the corner - the black finish really pops in the space. I love how the wool rug from CB2 brings in pops of yellow while the vase and bowl from Lekker pull in the aqua color from the rug in the living room.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room

Moving onto the family room, I wanted this room to feel more casual and comfy.  We painted the large accent wall a slate blue and the remaining walls white. We accented this with pops of orange, citron, and blue along with black, white, and gray neutrals.  

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

The sectional from Crate & Barrel can easily fit this family of 3 for movie nights.  A round table and Eames style chairs provides a great spot for breakfast or lego building while the open shelving gives plenty of storage for toys, books, and other decorative objects.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

The carpet tiles are from Flor, a brand I often use in family spaces due to their durability and fun patterns.  The blue pillows and ottomans are from Lekker while the orange pillows were designed by my client.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

I'll be sharing their master bedroom next week in a separate post which is still colorful yet calm and serene. I can't wait!  I hope you love this project as much as me as it was certainly a highlight of my year. 

Cheers!

Photos by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photo

The Bright and Happy Great Room

Well hello! It's been QUITE some time since I posted here (eek!) but I hope to get back on track by sharing some projects I've worked on recently. First up is this bright and happy great room for a fun family in Lexington! 

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I was approached by my client after she made a few purchases for the room. She worried she was heading down the wrong path and asked me to take over.  Instead of starting from scratch, we incorporated the pieces she already bought and filled it out with additional furniture and accessories.  She asked for modern, fun, family friendly, and pops of color.

The room was very big, so it called for different zones.  Matching sofas face one another to create the main hangout zone while two chairs help form a U for conversation and TV viewing.  We added a reading nook adjacent to the built-in bookcase.  Opposite that is a spot for the kids to lounge around, play games, or read books on bean bags.

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The room was already painted gray and my client had modern white window treatments from Hunter Douglas installed. While she liked the the modernity of the paint color and shades, she asked to warm it up a bit. I immediately thought that bringing in a caramel leather would be perfect.  Instead I chose two sofas covered in a faux velvet in a caramel color that almost looks like leather from afar, but at a much lower price point (and super kid friendly - did I mention they have 7 year old twins?) The sofas and lilac colored side tables are from Lekker Home.  The blue armchairs and rug are from Crate & Barrel and the marble coffee table is from Room & Board.  Pillows are custom using Scion fabric and accessories are from HomeGoods and CB2.

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It's always hard to see a beautiful room with bare walls, especially a room of this size, so I was excited when she asked me to recommend artwork for the room.  I knew I wanted to use art to bring in the pops of color she requested since most of the furnishings were neutral.  I chose a large giclée print on canvas from Lola Donoghue via Etsy to anchor the largest wall behind the sofa.  Opposite it we paired two Stephanie Henderson works on paper to balance the space.  Behind the chair in the reading nook, we added an original painting on canvas by Logan Ledford.  I love how these three pieces work together. They're all colorful, but have varying saturation and structure.  A HUGE thanks to art consultant Libby Silvia for her help with this project - she always has such awesome pieces to choose from!

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I added a cowhide rug in the reading nook to ground the space and warm it up a bit and mirrored it with faux pony hair bean bags in the kids corner. A shout out to a good friend of mine for bringing these bean bags to my attention - they are super comfy and as they're from PB Teen, a good size for both kids and grown-ups to lounge in.

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It was a wonderful project to work on as my client had a great sense of humor and trusted me completely to bring this together.  I'm so glad they love the finish product and hope you do too!

Cheers!

Photos by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photo