Fresh Take: Family Room

“About fifteen miles above New Orleans the river goes very slowly. It has broadened out there until it is almost a sea and the water is yellow with the mud of half a continent. Where the sun strikes it, it is golden.” – Frank Yerby, Novelist

Title/Source: Family Room, featured in online article at Country Living (, Photo by: Keith Scott Morton
First Impression: Vibrant!
Mood+Feel: Peaceful, yet visually intriguing. I love the warm gold walls and ceilings. I believe that is what makes this room so restful. Typically cool hues signify calm and rest; however, the warm, unimposing gold creates a true retreat. I’m feeling the comfortable, easy Southern vibe here. The metallic gold dots on the creamy-honey ceiling fit Frank Yerby’s vision above oh-so-perfectly.
Function: Relaxation, conversation, quiet reading space, snuggle-spot, movie night.
Why I love it: The designer uses texture, pattern, and balanced color to create a cohesive space. The natural light pours in illuminating the beautiful photography. The black+white frames and mats create uniformity and avoid a busy, distracting array of multiple frames/colors in a small space. The cushy ottoman with tray is so inviting. The soft edges in a small space allow for ease of movement without bumped and bruised legs!
What works: I love the solid seat cushions on the sofa. They provide visual rest from an otherwise entirely patterned sofa in a small space and the poppy-colored welting unites the cushions with the upholstered frame. Repeating the gold of the walls on the side chair frame and sofa throw pillow ties the room together. The designer did not try to fit too much furniture in the space and instead opted for light-weight side chairs and a small pedestal side table. The room is adequately furnished without feeling crowded.
Room for Improvement: Everything’s so lovely, I’m forced to nitpick! I love the deep tray on the ottoman, but while it looks really fabulous, it lacks practicality if this room will be used often and possibly by children. The high edges make for bumped and spilled drinks once they’re set down and picked up repeatedly. If the ottoman is for propping tootsies occasionally, any jostling of the tray might also tip some cups or that pretty vase! However, if they spill – they’re contained, no?
Sustainable Style: How can you repeat the look and keep your environmental impact low? The side chairs are vintage styles and could easily be found second-hand. Using natural fibers such as cotton or bamboo on the upholstered pieces is essential. The windows add natural light and ventilation and they’re adorned with natural materials.
Features: The drum pendant light fixture has such a mod presence. It adds style without clashing with the style and feel of the room. This fixture is so versatile. Similar drum pendants are available at Suburban Wholesale Lighting.


2 thoughts on “Fresh Take: Family Room

  1. Your “run-down” of the space is a terrific approach. It gives us a sense of what attracted you to it as potential clients. Every now and then I could use a bright little room along a lazy river.

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