Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Suburban home: Part three

Get comfortable, curl up,  and enjoy the rest of  this redesign. Missy, a nurse and a dedicated mother of three,  has the perfect family room/ kitchen for a makeover. The walls in this spacious family room were also painted with Restoration Hardware’s  Latte. The worn neutral carpet will be replaced with durable hardwood, the slip covered sofa was donated to our local women's shelter. I plan to work in a L -shaped sectional to be placed where the existing sofa is, and it will wrap around the corner to the right, this will give Missy and her family ample seating, it’s the perfect fit. One half of the sectional will be placed in the existing sofa location under the windows

and …

Missy family room before 001

That means the other half of the new sectional would also run along this wall ( seen below).

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Proposed chenille blend fabric for new sectional,  it’s a soft mocha brown, magnified a thousand times.

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To the left of the sofa is the kitchen,  a wonderful dinette area and a dramatic eight foot height slider.  The floral pictures will find a new home on another wall in the family room.

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We replaced the existing  wooden drapery rod in need of repair, and we also replaced the floral print drapes and dinette set. This darling breakfast nook lacked charm.

( before)

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The draperies on the sliding glass door are now replaced with two soft silky panels. That slide open and closed for privacy.


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I purchased this hand forged drapery rod and finials at Liz’s Antique Hardware in Los Angeles, CA

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The finials & the brackets are true vintage antiques from an estate in Los Angeles, CA. Aren't they AMAZING?

  The rod was handcrafted at Liz’s, to match the patina and the shape of the finials.  This is one of the many unique services offered at Liz’s. (It’s one of Rachel Ashwell’s favorite places.)                                 

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( before)

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Missy’s new dark espresso dinette was custom  made.  It’s 48” round and is supported by a  oversized pedestal, and pairs beautifully with the casual rattan chairs. I purchased the chairs for Missy at Home Goods. I suggested she  fashion the table surface with a glass top,  for a kid friendly surface. This rich dinette makes a huge statement in this breakfast nook. Isn’t it dreamy? I think so.  Notice how the tones in the drapery repeat the color palette of the wood tones.

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With the holidays just a few days away, I decided to surprise my BFF with a little holiday vignette in her newly remodeled  breakfast room. She almost always has fresh flowers around the house, so I snagged a few and had some fun. She had this magnificent amaryllis, that I wanted to steal and take home with me. lol  But instead I just admired it’s beauty and adorned it with a burlap sack.  I love to infuse a bit of color around the holidays.

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I placed a vintage inspired clock inside the lantern and made a unique bow from an old tea stained ruffle I had, I love it’s crinkly texture.


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I dug out this cute black / white image of my mother in law. It’s hard to see the image, but she is wearing a trendy polka dot gingham dress with ruffle detail around the sleeves and white bobby socks with pumps!!!

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I found the old wooden box ( to the left) with it’s dovetail corners in my closet.. It was a garage sale find.

Merry Christmas Missy!!!

I hope you like your breakfast nook all “fancied up” as you would say.

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I hope you folks found this post inspiring.

Coming up soon, I will rework this family room wall, stick around.

Missy family room before 002


Thank you for being such a humble wonderful friend by allowing me to share your newly redesigned home for the world to see.  I am truly grateful.

Happy Holidays to all! xoxo



  1. Laurie,

    I love the richness and texture of the chairs and what a gorgeous table!! What a good friend you are to set up a beatiful display on her table.

    Great job!!

  2. Thanks so much to my friend and designer (who happens to live next door), how great is that!!! She has encouraged me to think beyond my comfort zone and in doing so has really helped to transform the rooms. Still a work in progress but the wood floors will be coming soon and I look forward to her help with choices. Merry Christmas friend and I love my vingnette! You are too sweet.

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