My clients in Durham had the idea of turning their big blah bonus room (you know the kind) into a library and playroom for their seven children.
They wanted the space to function for all – with the kids ranging in ages from 3 – 14 years; and serve many purposes: a library, a classroom, an arts and crafts center, a movie-watching room, for dance parties on the wii, sleepovers, and creative play.
We first devoted time to making the room just the way we wanted- utilizing attic access space for built-in bookshelves, adding much needed lighting, painting the walls (they went from an off- white to a warm taupe color) and installing wallpaper to one long wall to add interest.
The color palette was inspired by a whimsical and colorful linen print from Clarence House in hues of orange, pink, yellow, and green. The selection of the furniture pieces themselves- an orange loveseat (my personal favorite part of the space) a sectional sofa, entertainment unit, play table and chairs (existing), came naturally as they were both fun and functional.
Last week we joined up with a few of the kids for the photo shoot- it was fun to see them enjoying and using the space.
Check back tomorrow as I give my “Top 5 Tips For Designing a Kid Friendly Space.”
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Take a break this weekend and relax – you deserve it! This guest bedroom, recently completed by Brittany, is the perfectly inspired oasis for relaxation.
Enjoy the weekend.
Art above the bed is from: Bev’s Fine Art
images by Design Lines
From the catalog pages of Crate and Barrel to one of our most recent projects see how the same yellow and gray pillows are woven into two totally different design schemes.
Images: 1. Crate & Barrel May 2013 Catalog 2 & 3. Photography by: Everest Agency
We sure are ready for those screened porch days with cooler temperatures and a light fall breeze. As the Design Lines team prepares for the Fall season, here are a few shots are of Lauren’s screened porch. Boy, what eye candy!! Love the pops of color.
Have a great weekend everyone.
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Filled with light, and accented with natural walnut details, this recent renovation creates the perfect meeting place for an extended family.
As part of the renovation, the kitchen and living room were combined into one big space, providing ample room for all the functions of modern life.
One of the great challenges of this design was the fireplace; we had to find a way to make it address the scale of the new room, while keeping the existing firebox the same. We also wanted to integrate a flatscreen TV and entertainment cabinet. The result is a unique solution, providing functionality the client needs without sacrificing her modern aesthetics.
To keep things looking clean and uncluttered, the cabinets integrate display alcoves for the owner’s prized art collection, and hiding places for countertop appliances.
We think this project is the perfect blend of clean lines and modern comfort!
– Judy and Rob
Interior & Architectural Photography by Everest Agency
Lauren, recently designed this downtown historic home and used playful colors that evoked this uplifting and cheerful space. The client’s former suburban home was filled with neutrals and earth tones, but they were ready for a change.
As a former gallery owner, this client is an art lover. We began the design process by placing pieces from their collection.
This charming 1920s house was renovated completely and staying within the footprint kept room sizes cozy. Creative space planning allows the space to function well for today’s lifestyle.
For example, the formal dining room is now used as a casual dining and living space. It is connected to the kitchen for the feel of an open floor plan.
The space was designed not only for our clients but also for their four beloved cats. With a tendency to scratch furniture, we focused on working with fabrics like velvets and ultra-suede that weren’t as attractive to them.
The color palette consists of a unique scheme of blues, greens, and purples.
The design features a mid-century modern style contrasted against classic architectural details and 100-year old pine floors.
In the family room, we designed a panel over the mantel to allow a television to be installed there. The floor plan didn’t allow for another location that could be viewed as easily and without the over mantel panel, the television wires couldn’t have been connected properly.
The soft blue and white trellis wallpaper in the bathroom and the pops of teal and green in the bedroom give a calming and luxurious feeling to the space.
images: By Design Lines Ltd.
For a growing Raleigh family, this loft above the garage was designed with movie and game nights in mind! Bright colors fill this happy space.
This space also functions well for adults. Reading a book curled up on the couch or breaking out into a sweat to the latest DVD workout.
Playful fabrics paired with a zebra rug add elements of fun to the space.
We love the functionality of this oversized ottoman that can be seperated into four little triangles for additional seating. We think the coolest feature are the built-in cabinets that house a television which appears with a hydraulic lift.
Do you dream of a fun multi-functional space in your home? Tell us about it.
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Designing a nursery is always a fun project to tackle and I’m excited at how this little girl’s nursery turned out. Here are a couple completed shots!
My favorite element within the room has to be the white dresser, which currently serves as the changing table. The design is young, chic, and definitely fun!
To learn more about the beginning stages of the project feel free to take a look at previous blog posts.
What began as an addition and kitchen remodel turned into a re-imagining of their entire living space on the first floor and lower level. The family room, covered patio, and nook connect seamlessly to the kitchen, so that activities flow from one room to another, opening the entire first floor into a generous living space.
The renovation of the home included doubling the size of the existing kitchen, creating a very large open room. In order to break up the space into usable and intimate areas, we devised a three part organization of spaces. The first area is equipped with all of the daily necessities for the family, serving as a sort of “kitchen inside the kitchen” with easy access to the breakfast nook and patio; it has a large island with seating, a large sink, under counter microwave, refrigerators, dishwashers, and dishes storage.
The second area is the cooking area in the middle of the kitchen. It consists of a smaller island with sink situated in front of a large cabinet wall, including a professional range, built-in hood, and plenty of storage.
Near the center of the area is a bar area. A peninsula with raised countertops allows the host to serve guests, while also giving him access to the conditioned wine room through an arched door behind the bar.
The addition includes a breakfast nook adjancent to the kitchen (above), and a large covered outdoor patio with a custom cooking area.
Stay tuned as we plan to share more spaces from this breathtaking home.
Prosfessional photography by: Jane Beiles Photography Construction by: Rufty Homes
As promised….an update on my client’s nursery project – here are a few shots from our install last week!
Hot pink and butter yellow are the pops of color in this bold gray nursery. I wanted to give my client a flexible design that could grow with her baby through the years. (Color scheme blog post here.)
Now we are just working on the final touches – art and accessories – so stay tuned, more pictures to come!