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Lafayette Family Room: The Decor

NOW FOR OUR FAVORITE PART!

We focused on a merge between Farmhouse Modern touches but with a California casual sophistication. Here is how that breaks down.

  • FIND A COLOR SCHEME TO FOCUS ON!
    We honed in on a navy and peach color scheme for the accessories, largely due to this insanely beautiful vintage kilim rug by OLD NEW  HOUSE, that Sarah found. It’s just the right punch for layering along with the stripes, and not too distracting, which was something we had to consider with the striped layer. It’s not a hard and fast rule to put ONLY navy and peach in the room, its just a good guide when selected the art and the accessories and styling them throughout the room.

  • BRING IN THE TEXTURE!
    Mixing in natural elements helps to achieve a warm depth to the design.

    • Wood & Seagrass
      The coffee table, the baskets, the teak wood bowl and any art gallery frames will keep the overall vibe earthy and down home. We are leaning towards the warm pines and lighter Scandinavian farmhouse tones when it comes to the wood elements.
    • Fur & Textiles
      The deep textures of the vintage textiles, from the silk of a handwoven ikat to the nubby quality of the handwoven and hand-dyed mudcloth, play together nicely. The textural fringe of the denim mudcloth juxtaposed with a sheepskin to toss about is never a bad idea. Over the back of a chair, the side of the sofa, over top a round pouf for extra seating… pieces like this can be very versatile and promise to good anywhere they land in the room.
    • Metals
      Copper also adds another layer of depth to this design with the added benefit of sticking to the overall color vibe.
  • SELECT A BASE UPHOLSTERY
    We are leaning towards a performance linen-like polyester for this home with young kids. The family needs “light and airy,” but when it’s peanut butter and jelly time, they also need to be able to keep it clean. This 95% polyester / 5% linen upholstery should do the trick for that 8 feet of radical luxe English Roll Arm sofa we suggested.

As always, we pulled out some individual items for our homeowner to consider for purchase, along with a corresponding Pinterest Board, seen here. Items can be shopped directly from the list, or used as mere suggestions.

This pretty much wraps up the deliverables to our client. We always send these off with a dire hopes that they client is receptive to our ideas. Tina let us know that we opened her eyes to a few easy changes that she could make around the home, and she felt great about having a long term plan for the large items and the built-ins that she could pursue as resources make way!

 

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Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

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Lafayette Family Room: The Space Plan

__Lafayette Floorplan

 

Y’all remember way back to yesterday when we were chatting about the Lafayette Family Room.

Well, thanks for bearing with us, while we set up what we’re getting into. Now, let’s jump into our solutions for the space plan. We took the scenic route, considering (and spending lots of time mapping out options.)

Here is where we landed.

FURNITURE & TELEVISION PLACEMENT
We sought to solve the space plan woes for the family by floating the seating pit in the middle of the room.

Starting with the existing striped 10×14 rug as our anchor, we centered it in the room, just below the window. We suggest extending the curtains to 120″ to help frame the seating area, though the window is only 96″ wide. We then suggest floating the furniture inside that 120″ area.

Consider a vintage kilim rug layered on top for added texture and visual interest. Our renderings are a loose interpretation of our ideas for placement.

  • We suggest centering the layered rug according to the final sofa & coffee table dimensions.
  • These dimensions are all affected by one another, but ideally the coffee table should be centered over the rug, positioned roughly 16-18″ away from each seat, (Note the large gap in the former arrangement.)
  • Whether on or off, the rug should ideally have the front legs of each furniture piece equidistant from the rug’s edge. We suggest on.

There should always be a flat surface within reach of every seat, so the homeowner’s existing mix of side tables should serve perfectly once mixed in with the new seating layout.

A PROBLEM A SOLUTION

We did discuss some apprehension over the TV becoming the main focus in the room. There really were only two options for placement and the homeowner had tried both. Of the two, the one pictured in our before image above was not working functionally, while centering it on the other wall gave it too much prominence.

Our solution instead, is to create a larger focus that the TV can be a part of. By grouping the wall-mounted device among the art gallery scenario, and flanking it by two floor to ceiling shelving units, along with a low profile console (all in white) the entire wall becomes a showpiece.

MOVING ON TO OTHER TO DOS!

ADD A DINING ROOM BANQUETTE
We couldn’t help ourselves, and so we pushed beyond the boundary of the family room a bit. One of the casualties of the former space included the dining table encroaching into the family room zone. We love us a good dining banquette, so we tossed it into the floor plan just to see. We love it.

  • An appropriately sized bench or a built in banquette under the window will create a fantastic feature that is both on trend plus will help maximize space between the rooms.
  • We do suggest considering a statement pendant for above the dining table, but consideration of the proximity to the kitchen peninsula pendants is important.
    Watch out it doesn’t turn into pendant city.”
  • We noticed the homeowner’s peninsula countertop has a rather large lip unlike our rendering. Our suggestion is avoid placing bench seating below, but a customized built in could accommodate.

CREATE FOCUS

  • Make the TV part of a gallery wall to take the focus off of the device itself
  • Center a low and long console, then flank with floor to ceiling bookshelves
  • Style with existing matching lamps or spring for new lamps in a more petite, traditional shape
  • We think you might even be able to camouflage the large speakers among this setup.

CREATE BALANCE & COHESION

  • Float the rug and furniture in the middle of the room
  • Match the 3 window dressings between rooms
  • Create a storage feature along the back wall to help balance the weight of the TV focus wall
A PROBLEM A SOLUTION
The homeowner had doubts about hanging the drapery.

 

 

We think she had the height and the width right for the hardware, but would benefit from a bit more length in the drape itself. They should kiss the floor, rather than hang a couple of inches above
We also noted that the sliding glass door on the adjacent wall appears bare in comparison, while the dining room window in the next room was another disparate pattern, making the spaces feel disjointed.

 

 

Matching floor to ceiling drapes on all three windows will create a more cohesive look, tying the spaces together.

The grass shade can be eliminated for the sake of functionality on the sliding glass door, but is present on the two windows. Push all drapes to the left for easy access in and out of doors.

Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

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Lafayette Family Room: An Introduction

Let’s introduce you fun folks to one of our recently completed E-decor projects, The Lafayette Family Room. As with many TEOT PROJECTS, we pack in tons of info, so we’ll be splitting this up into a number of posts in the coming days! Let’s dig in first with the setup, the information that we received from our client at the start!

 

The Lafayette Family Room is a square room, approximately 16×16, and it sits adjacent to the dining room and open kitchen.

It is the main hub of the home for our client Tina’s whole family. This bay area couple has a rambunctious 5 year old boy and a 10 month baby girl, which means the room is pulling double duty as a grown -up entertaining space while it is often full of toys.

We wanted to help Tina establish a great space plan with new furniture, and find some storage solutions that would help the room easily transition from a day time play room to a great lounge pit for a family movie night, or maybe even some adult conversation with wine & cheese!

We were impressed with the base pieces that the family had chosen. There is an obvious passion for on-trend decor and we liked what we had to work with. Here is where we started.

Not a terrible start at all.

We put our finger on their style, referring to it as California Casual. It’s a bit traditional, but there is certainly a laid back vibe that is typical of decor here on the West Coast.  She had some smart pieces and you know we love us some navy blue, so we decided to build on that, rather than take her in a completely different direction.

Also, Tina had specifically mentioned that she wanted to keep the paint color and the large striped rug… but she also desired some assistance in layering more into the room, including another rug, perhaps a kilim, to make it feel complete.

The key areas that needed improvement included a better television placement, a cohesion in the drapery from room to room, and lastly that final layer that really pulls it all together; the accessories.

 

THINGS TO KEEP THINGS TO ADDRESS
  • Wall Color
  • Serena & Lily Rattan End Tables
  • The Art in the Gallery Wall
  • TV Placement
  • Little Architectural Interest
  • Lack of cohesion between the rooms

 

So, this is where we are starting.

As we always do with our clients, we immediately fired up a Pinterest board to begin tossing ideas big and small into one pot. You can see the Lafayette Pinterest Board here for a snapshot into the direction we ended up going with Tina’s new family room plan. And catch us back here on the blog tomorrow for more about this room.

 

 

Sarah and I recently introduced E-Decor & Historic Renovation Consultation Services to SHOP TEOT.

We have been doing this type of work over the years, typically working for an hourly rate. We live for these kinds of projects. Designing and Decorating, solving problems, tying your style with our strategies for a timeless style with modern appeal makes us HAPPY! Check out our services here, and let us know if you see any opportunities that we should consider adding.

 

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DEAR TEOT: Texas Porch Makeover Needed

Our dear friend Bregan needs a porch makeover.

The artist behind Maiden America Studio recently picked our brains with her challenge. She had a very interesting question indeed.

Dear Teot, Can I paint the exterior of my home, inside my porch, a different color from the rest of the exterior?

Here is a look at Bregan’s sweet little porch on her Wimberley, TX ranch cabin. (And by ranch, I mean 10 fenced-in acres, not a midcentury style residential architecture.)

The architecture of the home is actually a bit cabinesque, clad in a brown painted cedar paneling with matching window frames and gutters.

Texas Porch Makeover Needed

Another look at the interior of the screened in porch shows just why the room might need and want a little color on the walls. It does make sense to me why she might feel compelled to paint the entire room out, without painting the entire exterior of the home, but I’m no expert on the rules.

Texas Porch Makeover Needed

So, I sent the question over to Sarah, here is her response:

I’m fairly sure we can NOT paint the inside of the porch a different color than the rest of the exterior…but we can paint the ceiling, and I think we can paint the entry door and the floor.

And then she attached this jaw dropping image.

inspiration for bregan porchIf only all of Bregan’s brown were this moody blackish blue.

I loved that  picture so much, that I started to think maybe Bregan should paint her entire house a dark slate. I showed her the Lauren Liess contemporary home makeover.

lauren liess before after exterior

but Bregan said she might actually prefer the brown…

So, we are on a fact finding mission, and an inspiration hunt when it comes to this porch decor conundrum. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here is a little QnA for some more intel.

-What do you use the porch for if anything? Currently, nothing.
– If there is enough width to accommodate, do you envision yourself dining there. Possibly
– Do you envision sitting occasionally or full on napping, reading, lounging, chatting, etc? Or is this porch makeover more for aesthetics. Sitting, napping, enjoying the breeze, enjoying the rain, chatting with guests
-When you get  heavy rain storms there, does the inside of the porch get a little wet? Yes
-Do the things on the porch get really dusty or is it pretty protected from the weather? Yes
-Is there an exterior outlet? Yes

 

Have a Design Dilemma? We’ll work it out with you. Just holler at us.

Email Sarah at theestateofthings.com!
Subject: DEAR TEOT

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Betsy’s New House Progress

Dodgehead

Decorating is a living process, kinda like training this little dog of a puppy!

We’ve been in the new house now for just a little over 3 full months, and each day it gets better.

I suppose it’s a never ending effort to get a home feeling like home. I know all of mine have always remained a work in progress, cause being “done” isn’t really something that I’m interested in. Otherwise, it would be time to move, right Sarah? So, we have lots of projects left and I can think of many things that we still might like to acquire (like the perfectly sized persian rug.)

But, we’ve also made a few strides lately and I’m finally at a place where I can snap a few pics and share.

shaniqua-kitchen-stove

We’ll start with the least impressive… the kitchen!

We knew that this would be my least favorite aspect of the new home, and that we would be taking our time before planning any renovation. But I did swap out all of the previous owner’s glass knobs. In theory, a glass knob is a sweet option for cabinet hardware, but it wasn’t working for us and our desire to give this home a cleaner more modern vibe. We can deep dive into this room and how we are changing it later, but for now, I updated the cabs with the absolute most inexpensive hardware in the world, and while I know they aren’t what we ultimately want, the overall look is better. It’s got a little graphic punch, and if it makes any sense, this black speaks to the black window panes on the other side of the room. I’ll keep dreaming of an eventual gut renovation for this kitchen.

Care and the picture ledges

Speaking of spreading the black around, we pulled a little something off in the stairwell entryway as well. Back during the renovation, I purchased a wall of picture ledges, and we finally got them up. Most of this art came together from our previous home, and I’m just real pleased with all of it, the kid’s art, the family photos, and every stitch of sentimentality that I’ve ever put in a black frame. I imagine this will be an ongoing evolution.

 

shaniqua bedroom

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I am aware that the rug is too small for the bedroom! I have to decide on one huge, or maybe two large rugs for this room that are cozy, dog friendly, something the dude can live with, something economical, plus beautifully bold without us being sick of it in 6 months. So far I can only seem to love the $11,000,000 Persians. So for now, I have the same rug under our bed that was under our bed at the last house, in an 11×10 bedroom. So yeah, it’s too small, I’m aware. Thanks Emily Henderson and Sarah Farrell, it is an honor to be schooled in this way by you! ;)

 

SONY DSC

Lastly, here is a little look at one end of the sunroom. It’s one of my favorite spots in the house, since as you know we deliberated hard on painting the black window frames. I’m sure glad we sprung. They make just the personal stamp on the home that we need. The other corner still has some boxes stacked up and it does NOT have a hammock. Oh, the shame.

We have drawn up some plans for some built-in shelving and a floating console for the living area. That should give us the final storage needed to finally unpack all of our books and board games, and then we’ll be box free! Also, the kids’ rooms are really coming together nicely, and I love them both. I’ll share them someday soon, we still have a few projects up our sleeves for those rooms too!

Alright, that’s where we are, thanks for being here with us! <3

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Betsy’s House: The Bed

It took us a while to get our new bed selected, and you guys may have recalled when I was polling for opinions. I thought we had settled on a particular bed… the one on the left.

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but then Heffe realized it was upholstered and decided that this was not appealing to him. Turns out, he says he’s thinking more along the lines of a rustic wood.

It is always a bit fun and funny when the dude presents his distaste for what I think are solid choices for our shared life. I do my best to respect his desires, but I’m sure you can imagine that it’s often met with rolly eyes and or giggles if not heavy sighs while I shake my head. But, back to the drawing board I went, this time digging into some full bedroom imagery to illustrate to him my case for the upholstered headboard, and then a few looks into the style that I assumed he was after, for comparison.

First I gathered the rooms, and here is what we looked through. My case included examples from Amber Interiors, that Archiectural Digest feature of Patrick Dempsey’s house (not only b/c I love “Can’t Buy Me Love” but also b/c that entire Malibu house is dreamy,) plus the home of Ione Sky since I was in an iconic 80s actors mood.

I was leaning toward upholstery due to my desire for draping various textiles over the headboard. I felt like a nice neutral backdrop could play well to my evolving obsessions with the pieces of fabric I bring home from time to time.

 

As I dug, similar themes emerged… white backdrops, neutral upholstery, global textiles, rustic woods and maybe even an accent feature! At least we know what we’re after.

Next up, we thumbed through the beds that I found to suit the style.

 

So, after all of that storytelling with the dude, we settled on this sweet midcentury design that combined a bit of the upholstered look along with the wood.

drommen-beds CB2 Drommen

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