Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Bonus Room For Many Functions

Where do I begin, in describing this room? Its design and functional requirements created several challenges! As far as bonus rooms go, it is a smaller space measuring approximately 12 x 18 feet, and is a room the family uses everyday for a variety of activities. Reading, TV viewing, piano practicing, guitar playing and get this, a guest room when there is an overflow of company. And, as is the case with many design projects, this one came with an existing item that had to remain in the room. Sometimes these elements are small or easy to work around. Not in this room. Here the large sectional running the length of one wall and nearly all of another needed to remain in the room. It is in perfect condition, of high quality, and it just didn't make sense to replace it. Oh, and the lighting. The clients requested the ceiling fixtures be replaced as quickly as possible!




Before. With the large sectional taking up space on two walls and the double door entry taking up the third, the only remaining area to place the piano and media console was on the fourth wall seen on the left.


Before. Removing the large armoire allowed a smaller media console, in a style complimenting the piano, to be brought in. While I always gravitate towards symmetry and centering key elements on a focal wall, doing this here was simply not possible. Instead the media console and piano are placed side by side, with as much distance as possible between them, given the limitations of the wall length. A ledge is placed above these two key pieces of furniture, creating a bridge between them, helping the layout feel right. Also, because the ledge is centered on the wall, a sense of balance is created. Then, the gorgeous grasscloth is the highlight of the design. Without it the final result would be far less successful. It adds texture and interest and is another element that helps tie together the furniture and accessories placed along this wall.





A rug from West Elm brings in color and pattern while adding interest by covering the basic carpet with something more dynamic. Don't be afraid of layering area rugs over carpet, I say! Also, can you believe we didn't have to repaint this room? Luckily, a wallpaper was found that coordinated perfectly with the color the client's had previously painted the room.


Before. The original armoire took over the room and prevented any spacing between the entertainment function of the room and the piano. This created a cramped line of furniture down the length of the wall.




Before. With kids growing up fast, the toys were no longer being used and could be taken out of the room. This freed up space to artfully place the owners guitars in the corner and shift the media console further down the wall to the left, providing a little breather between it and the piano.



A painting by the children's grandmother works beautifully hung adjacent to the wall covered with grasscloth. The colors and texture are just perfect here.


The tailored light fixtures are a stunning improvement from the builder grade "boob" lighting. What is up with that and the fact they are placed in nearly every spec home?! While the space is small, the ceiling lines and height are one of the best features of the room. Hanging drum pendant fixtures accents and takes advantage of this feature.



Before. As I stated, the sectional needed to remain in the room, despite the client's wish for a more tailored replacement...someday.



Before. Changing pillows, artwork and adding additional lighting helps update and add function to this area of the room.





The client loves to read and hoped a small table could be found to slide into the narrow space available between the end of the sectional and wall, with a lamp placed on it for more light in this corner. The option we found fits perfectly, and with three shelves it provides a place to store a few items. The glass lamp placed here and on the piano coordinate well with the ceiling fixtures, providing a sleek contrast to the earthy wallpaper.



So there you have it! The clients love this room and I am very excited to be helping them furnish a wonderful beach house they have just purchased. Even better, our kids are friends...so lucky us! We are all looking forward to combining some fun trips to the beach to play while fitting in a bit of design work.

45 comments :

  1. Janell, I can't believe it's the same room! It looks awesome. You did such a great job. No wonder they hired you for another job!

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  2. This room is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

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  3. Hi Janell,

    Been away from the computer for a couple of days so am catching up with your posts now. Firstly, I would like to say Thank You for leaving a comment for me on a previous post several days ago, it really made my day! I really enjoyed this post as you described the design thought behind the process, and while I have no training sometimes just looking at something you can tell it's not quite right but sometimes hard to pinpoint the reason why, so when you described the problems and how you overcame them, I appreciated it. Will try not to leave it so long between posts. Have a great day tomorrow.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  4. This is such a nice space now. I love the clean yet warm feel. Adding grass cloth to the wall was a great idea.

    -Rene

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  5. An excellent result, especially considering all of the challenges you had to work with! The texture on the walls is beautiful, and I love the new lighting (never heard the term boob lighting before :-) ). I think the rug is one of the great features of the room as well - love the pop of color and personality that it brings.

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  6. Beautiful.....once again......you have a great eye!

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  7. The reason behind all the boob lights? Most builders are men, it's all they think about. Am I right?

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  8. what a great design and use of space. i love everything from the textures, tones, and choice of wall color. the mood of the room comes across as a sophisticated chill spot...just add cocktails (or not).

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  9. Wow, it looks fantastic. Your (design) thought process described in this post helps me understand why you did what you did. I love how you centered the shelf above both the console and piano to create balance. Makes perfect sense and it creates the desired effect. The textured walls make this room as well as the rug and hanging pendants. Looks fabulous!

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  10. This is such a fantastic transformation! I'm always so impressed by your wonderful design sense and style. Hard to believe it's the same room. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I absolutely love that rug!!!

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  12. Wow that turned out great. Love the earthy wallpaper. And I don't usually like wallpaper. Very nice:)

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  13. It looks great Janell! Fabulous work. I love the rug and the walls!!!

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  14. Love the way it turned out. Thanks for going through the thought process with us too. I always learn a lot from your posts. (The rug is my favorite part!)

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  15. It looks gorgeous - I love the light fixtures, oh and the grass cloth! Thanks for showing us this!

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  16. Love the way this room turned out! From the grasscloth to the rug! Love how the piano and the media cabinet work together in the space.

    Hey, is that picture of the snow and the tree one of your own?! I thought I've seen it before!

    Love the lights too!

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  17. Wow!! What a gorgeous room!! I love everything about this space!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. The room turned out gorgeous. Great work and a lot of activities accomplished in a small room. Hugs, Marty

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  19. What a stunning room! I love the colors, very relaxing. I laughed when you mentioned "boob lighting." We were going through my parent's attic and found a spherical light fixture with a finial on the end and I mentioned how it looked like a giant boob. :)

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  20. Wow! You did a wonderful job! That room looks gorgeous now. I really love the shelf and white vases that pop out, and the modern/casual vibe it has. And of course the "boob" lighting... haha, I hate those! Those pendants are perfect.

    ~Chelsea

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  21. The room turned out lovely!! I love the floating shelves above the tv and piano. Such a wonderful comfy room, the dhurie rug looks great layered over the carpet.

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  22. Absolutely fantastic transformation ! That room has such style, that grasscloth wallpaper is TDF ~ it adds so much texture. I just installed a similar light fixture in my boys room, love that !!! And the rug is perfection. Another room pulled together by the magnificent Janell, bravo!
    Kate

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  23. What a wonderful transformation, another gorgeous room! I love the grasscloth, I dream of it :)
    XO
    Kristin

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  24. This is such a tremendous improvement! You are so good! As you know I got rid of one boob light in my house - I have 3 more to go. They need to just be outlawed. I've been searching how and low for a really big drum shade pendant for months. The largest I've been able to find is 20" diameter but I'd like it to be bigger . . . Where are those from?

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  25. I'm so glad you said 'boob' lighting - I've been looking at flush-mounts and can't believe so many are designed in that way!
    I think my favorite part is the ledge you used for visual linkage. That works really well.

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  26. Fantastic! I love it! It looks like a completely different space, even though you kept the sectional and piano.

    And I always enjoy how you explain the design and WHY things work together. It's so helpful!

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  27. It looks so different. What a great job! And I love the west elm rug! I think it might be my favorite.
    xo
    amanda

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  28. Gorgeous!! Where is that yellow (floral) pillow from? It's beautiful!!
    -Sara

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  29. Beautiful, Janell! You really stepped up and met the challenges of the space. Love you incorporated the yellow Andalusia rug from West Elm, great to see it in a real room!

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  30. Great job! I love how it turned out. It looks both stylish and practical--a comfortable place for the family to hang out in.

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  31. Wonderful transformation. Love the grasscloth and how it is still functional for a family w/o being a total kids room. Great job!

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  32. Looks like a whole new room! The idea of the floating shelf between the piano and console really works. Great job.

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  33. Wonderful transfomation, Janelle. I think the grasscloth made a huge difference in the feel of the room. You came up with some creative solutions with your hands tied by the space plan issues. Great job!
    www.divinedistractions.blogspot.com

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  34. Wow that is unbelievable. I love the texture that grasscloth adds. It looks so clean and classic. The rug is the perfect pop to ground all the colors. You are brilliant.

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  35. Great Job! Love the texture of the grass cloth...nice touch. Where did you get the new entertainment unit? I am on the hunt for something similar. Thx

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  36. cozy and chic at the same time.
    love it.
    pve

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  37. I realize what I'm saying is redundant to everyones comments but ...WoW I love the happy yellow rug, specifically the print - if it had been a solid yellow the effect would not have been the same- I love it! That and of course the wallpaper! I hate taking wallpaper down so I never put it up. But this is worth it!!! Gorgeous!
    Sistersfriday.typepad.com

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  38. Beautiful!! Love it all. It is just so serene and chic.

    Where oh where did you find that teeny end table? I need something itty bitty, but I can't find anything.

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  39. Hi Janell, I am a long time reader, though this is my first time commenting. Would you mind sharing your source for the grasscloth paper? We are on vacation and staying in a lovely hotel with grasscloth paper in the room! And...my husband likes it.
    Hilarie

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  40. Love, love, LOVE the grasscloth. And the new pendants (SO much better than those awful nipple lights!). As always, brava, Janell!

    Have a good weekend!

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  41. For those of you who have asked, here is the source list for the room. Thanks! Janell

    Rug:
    West Elm Andalusia Rug

    Grasscloth wallpaper:
    www.wallpapermore.com
    Book Name: Lotus
    Pattern: DSG123

    Media Cabinet:
    Delavan from Crate and Barrel
    I don’t think it’s available anymore

    Chairside Table:
    OneWayFurniture.com
    Riverside Escapade Chairside Table in Dark Walnut
    Only 12” deep!

    Yellow Floral Pillow:
    West Elm

    Lighting:
    Lamps Plus
    White & Brushed Nickel Contemporary Pendant Light

    Floating Shelf:
    Pottery Barn

    Leaf Prints:
    Globalgallery.com

    Leaf print frames:
    Michael’s

    Table Lamps:
    Target

    Yellow ceramic vases:
    West Elm

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  42. It looks so elegant, modern & cozy. I know they love it!

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  43. Amazing, yet again!! Althoght you are amazing and anything you touch turns to gold- love this room!!

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  44. I love what you do with everything. You are awesome! I have always hated the builder lighting in my home but since reading your post I feel worse. I live in a house full of hanging boobs!! Until my budget allows they will be covered with sports bras.

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