5.02.2016

Modern Farmhouse Family Room Before/After


The scale of this home, with rough hewn beams and French terra-cotta floors give it a grand farm house feel.  The family room is the center of a home with three busy children.  The owners wanted a fresh, stress free, more modern look.
 This is a bad photo but it makes a really good before picture!

 And now!
The speakers had to stay where they are, but 
we made the shelving a bit more uniform (I like that so much better).  It was restyled it using mostly their existing accessories and books.  That cute gold sphere is new from West Elm though.
Two Lee Industries sofas (instead of the sectional) are covered in Perennials Ishi... easy to clean indoor/outdoor fabric that looks like linen.  The homeowners purchased the tree trunk coffee table from a custom shop in Berkeley, CA.  With the angled fireplace coming so far into the room... it was a challenge to get as much television viewing seating as possible.
And speaking of that...the coffee table accessories (mostly from West Elm) were kept low for easy viewing of the television 
and the fireplace.
 
The window seat is getting a make over...forthcoming.  The simple addition of the plant on the mantel brings in some life.  The dad's chair is also made from Perennials fabric.  We are getting him a small ottoman and the room still needs task lighting and a rug.
A little detail...

 Soft jute rugs under consideration...custom cut to the angle of the fireplace.
 My son just told me that he was reading some of my old posts (that was a surprise in itself) and they had some spelling typos--yikes!!!  Sorry about that.  If you want...when you see a typo, please email me or leave a comment so I can correct it.  Hope I don't get 100's of emails :)

This blog is not exactly a moneymaker...I do it to help you with your own decorating ideas and fill you in on what I think is great at the moment.  All in a positive environment (I try to keep politics, etc, out of it).

Guess what the bonuses have been?  I've met lots of like-minded, new friends and it's helped me grow my business in Northern California since we moved here.
Thanks, Jay for this photo...source anyone?
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34 comments:

  1. Shifting to white from beige/tan really brightens it up. And the blue striped chair is a nice shot of color. I am keeping in mind the nail heads along the bottoms of the sofas. Nice detail!
    BTW, bravo to your son for being good at spelling! I long for the day when my kid takes up spelling.

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    1. Thanks so much. I ca't wait for the window seat to be ready.

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  2. Wonderful – like a breath of fresh spring air! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Another marvelous work Mary Ann!!!! Totally casual-chic! Love it!

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  4. I am loving the blue striped chair, that would look good in my hubby's den/office.

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  5. Mary Ann,
    This is one of those rooms that is simply amazing---the changes were exactly right to make the room look new and fresh. I love it!
    I had to laugh about your son reading your posts and finding typos. I do the same thing and hope that others understand it's more likely due to juggling a dozen other tasks that allow me to make the occasional error. As a faithful reader, it doesn't matter, I get the jest of all of your wonderful posts. :-)
    xo,
    karen

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    1. Thanks, Karen...you never have any typos!

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  6. Hi Mary Ann,
    An excellent transformation! It looks beautiful and so up to date! Typos don't bother me in the least, because we ALL make them. In all your posts, I've only noticed a couple so don't worry about them!
    Love the little "funny" at the end! Made me laugh!
    Happy Monday! xo Gail

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    1. Gail...you of all people (savior of Chief) need to tell me, please :)!!

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  7. Great transformation! Love how you opened up the space and made it appear twice as large! Very current looking without looking trendy! Well Done my friend!!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy. I am thinking about you!!

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  8. It looks great and SO fresh!! Love the changes you made - crisp white background with touches of blue!! Very nice!!

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  9. Like the changes, especially the bright new furnishings. Where did the natural fiber rugs in your pic come from? Can you recommend a good source. I like the different patterns in your post.

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  10. Even the fireplace looks better! as always, love the pillows. what a lovely place to take a nap on a cool spring afternoon.

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  11. I like the new cocktail table in the middle what is the size and is this west elm.

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    1. No Mitch, its from a custom shop in Berkeley called Z&E Slabs.

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  12. The best takeaway of this post: You have a terrific son who adores you...and can spell...and who is a good bro to Chief. All good stuff!

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  13. It's all pulled together now, and I bet the home owners respect their living space so much more now that they have a beautiful now space to enjoy.
    Wonderful design.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Yes. I was just there yesterday to go over a few things and hang a chandelier and it looks as good as it did the last time I left. They have a pretty home.

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  14. The changes make the room look more inviting. It's not so far off of the before plan - and I mean that in a good way. It's not going from a dark room to bright yellow. Still within the thread that works for your family, but more styled and elegant.
    I think we all cringe over blog posts we wished we didn't write or typo's, but the whole idea is that we are amateur writers sharing with others. I had a relative of my fiance ask me if she should email if she noticed anything 'poorly written' on my blog. Umm, that would be a big 'ol NO.
    Enjoy writing and sharing - I enjoy the read.

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    1. Yes...I write in a conversational style...not grammatically correct...but I don't like misspellings. Thanks, Katherine.

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  15. Mary Ann,
    I love your before and afters! And....had it not been for blogging, I would not have met you!
    xo
    annie

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  16. i dont ever remember a typo in your posts and believe you me I study them :) love this before and after...its beyond lovely. simple but stunning!

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    1. Thanks so much, Nancy. Happy mother's day!

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  17. LOL.....so funny that your son pointed out the spelling mistakes! We can check and recheck but it happens so no worries! Love the changes to this room....so thankful for performance fabrics as everyone is wanting them now.....including me!

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  18. How sweet that your son reads your blog! (My kids barely even know I have one:))

    The room looks great Mary Ann, just enough to "hip" it up and make it fresh while keeping the essence of their style there.

    And I feel like you- I'm so new at blogging that of course I'm not making money, but I have made so many wonderful connections with like minded women who love design (like me! yay!) that that in and of itself makes it worthwhile:)

    Sheila
    xo

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