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When it comes to redesigning someone's home my goal is to use their furniture and accessories as much as possible. The idea is that I come in with an objective set of eyes and decide what to keep and what to put away. I want to make great focal points and highlight certain areas of the room and the home.
In the most recent redesign project everything I used was already in the house except the carpet and entry floor. It came down to a case of major sorting and de cluttering in order to create a room the entire family likes to be in. They had a bistro table tin storage and I brought that out to serve snacks or play games on. The curtains are easy to open and close but even when they are closed they are bright and cheerful and neutral. A red couch can be tough to work around but in this case we used simple neutral pillows and gray carpet. The family loves the big comfy couch and didn't want to part with it so we worked around it. I have a fantastic source for custom slipcovers though and in the future we can have them made if we need to. But for now the red comfy couch fits right in!
One thing I love about the carpet is that it is a durable commercial grade. Very easy to maintain and keep clean with kids and pets and will stand the test of time to work with different furniture. Just outside the family room there is a bench with matching pillows and a coordinating carpet going up the stairs to the front door. There was a large remnant of stair carpet left so we got it bound and it fits perfect by the front door. The flooring at the front door landing is a floating vinyl tile and works perfectly with the carpet both in the basement and on the stairs.
The next step in the project will be paint and lighting. After that we will be tackling the laundry and 3/4 bath attached to the family room. The mudroom and office on the lower level will be getting a makeover as well.