Client Journal: Functional + Joyful Living Spaces

[Photos by Cat Nguyen]

Client: A busy family of 5 that enjoys crafting, cooking, and hosting.

Space: Living Room, Breakfast Nook, and Dining Room

Functional Objective: Create spaces that have ample seating for guests and flexible surfaces for their hobbies.  With three young children in mind, we designed these spaces using durable, hard-working pieces that reflect this family’s fun aesthetic. 

In the living room, we chose an inviting sectional and a big leather ottoman which we paired with a set of custom upholstered chairs.  At first glance, the chairs appear to be identical, but one is actually a recliner.  The seating area is grounded with a vibrant, yet inviting rug and deep, blue grasscloth wallpaper highlights family photos and mementos in the built-in shelves. Rather than a standard console table behind the sofa, we utilized a desk system which allows the kids to craft, draw, or snack… and still be in the center of everything. 

In the breakfast nook, we chose a round dining table crafted from reclaimed European barn wood.  The imperfections in the texture make it a beautiful, family-friendly choice, ensuring that any future nicks and dings only add to the character and charm.  Along the large wall of windows, we added another task space. We designed a custom desk and floating shelf.  Here, the children can spread out and work on projects, crafts, or homework. 

In the dining room, we continued the relaxed feel with a refined pair of cork boards.  These offer a place to highlight the ever-evolving collection of childhood masterpieces.  A custom detail on the wainscoting provides a ledge,  just deep enough to prop framed art.

Aesthetic Objective: Even though we designed these spaces with children in mind, we chose pieces that will evolve as the family evolves and stand the test of time – both aesthetically and in durability.

Highlights: Bring function and color into this laughter- and joy-filled home.

family friend living room with workspace for children
custom upholstered reclining chair
built-ins featuring grasscloth wallpaper
custom upholstered chair and pillow
custom counter chairs with fabric that coordinates to living room custom pillows
dining area with workspace
breakfast nook with workspace
dining room featuring children's artwork
dining room featuring children's artwork
before and after of breakfast nook with workspace

February 29, 2024



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