I was talking with a friend recently about our favorite design blogs. After pointing out that great blogs pull back the curtain on the creative process, she gently suggested that I do more of this, to give readers a peek into my work, from concept to finished interior. Well, ask and ye shall receive!
The images below illustrate the process for the family room of a seaside residence in Darien, CT. With its summer-friendly motifs, this family room seemed like a perfect choice for these sultry days.
For this space, my client needed to finesse multiple functions (media room/playroom/hangout family room) into a design that transitioned seamlessly from the more formal, tailored rooms. My goal was to make it clubby, casual and beachy without being obvious. Thus, I looked for ways to layer marine blue and white, adding camel tones to ground it and give it that clubby, classic feeling. My inspiration board (below) shows how these themes began to take shape:
Materials were key to hitting just the right balance of durable and chic. I used crisp grids and stripes in fabrics & carpets to maintain a tailored feeling…
…and chose pieces in family-friendly zinc and distressed wood to maintain a sense of ease. Outdoor fabrics for the chairs and pillows allow for easy cleaning (and occasional mischief-making).
I wanted a sophisticated space, but with elements of fun – these vintage travel posters were a great way to keep the mood buoyant. The layout combined toys and a game table in one corner, a ping pong table at front (not shown), a flat screen TV and comfortable seating for all.
This room was a great collaboration and, looking back, truly captures the vibe of this warm, vibrant family.
Images by Susan Bednar Long