I occasionally post about design dilemmas from readers, under this title. May I involve you in the solution? A reader wants your suggestions! Ready for a challenge?
Lori is a friend from high school. She lives in Houston with her husband and their three precious girls. All of her girls have the initials TAM – because Lori and her husband graduated from Texas A&M. Being a longhorn (which translates to college enemy), I may secretly wish their last name didn’t start with an “M” making this so easy for them. No, really, I actually adore it.
Lori has a beautiful new home and needs help making the open plan on the bottom floor cohesive. Her family room is more contemporary while her breakfast and dining areas are more country. The color schemes are also quite different. She needs help marrying the spaces. And, is open to general decorating advice. Below is a photo she sent.
Question from Lori:
How do I make the family room which is mostly black, red and white and a little contemporary go well with the breakfast and dining areas which currently have a different color scheme? I don’t want to make any big changes like painting walls. Any suggestions? I am also open to general decorating advice or tweaks that I can make.
Now for a tour of the space.
Here is her family room. (Click on the photos for a larger image.)
The family room is open to the kitchen/ breakfast area.
The dining room is just down the hall off the entry. It has the same paint color as the kitchen area and the same general feel. She prefers the more contemporary feel or a blend of the two.
The low down from Lori:
- No painting walls.
- No new furniture other than maybe something simple or small like one chair or some storage cubes. So, this means the sofas, chairs, tv, tables and all stay.
- Sofas are black.
- Must have this much seating in the family room.
- Is open to a new rug or changing up the color scheme.
- Open to changing curtains in the family room. They are currently black.
- Cannot sew and doesn’t want a ton of diy projects if possible.
- Wants to add some warmth to the family room.
- Wants to add some sort of art over the tv to even out the heights on that wall.
- Cannot paint tables or china cabinet. MAY be open to getting new pieces, but not for a while.
- Is willing to change out art/ buy new art.
- Is open to new pillows.
- Is open to a window seat and curtains in the breakfast and dining spaces.
- Is open to moving furniture.
- Is open to adding or changing accessories.
- Her husband is very practical and likes function over beauty, if he had to prioritize.
She and I have talked about bringing red and black into other rooms, while softening and warming up the family room. Here is a peek of a storyboard we threw together for the dining area. This is just to get your wheels turning. I am convinced you may have some even better ideas or specific ideas for the other rooms!
Such a pretty house, huh? What would you do within her parameters? And, THEN, if you could do anything, what would you do? Be as specific as possible.
This is a tough one! Remember, click on each photo to see a larger view.
Please leave a comment with your suggestions. Can’t wait to hear your ideas!
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