A NORTH CAROLINA INTERIOR DESIGNER CREATES A LIGHT, BRIGHT, COMFY SPACE FOR HER FAMILY AND ITS 5 PETS.
“The first time my family looked at this house, we breezed right through the first floor out to the backyard, which is a little slice of heaven,” interior designer Lauren Clement says. At the time of the tour, the interiors of the house were not so heavenly. The family room was darkened by paint, heavy furnishings and wood blinds — but the family snapped up the home anyway. “I knew it was an easy fix and all just cosmetic,” Clement says. She redecorated the room, which is now a light, bright family gathering space that looks out over the lovely backyard.
Family Room at a Glance What happens here: Interior designer Lauren Clement, her husband, Chris, and their daughters, Finley, 6, and Campbell, 5, enjoy playing games, showering their two rescue cats and three rescue dogs with attention, visiting, eating, drinking, watching TV and lounging. Location: Charlotte, North Carolina Size: About 300 square feet (27.9 square meters) Designer: Lauren Clement
The first step was choosing a wall color. Clement chose a very light gray that works with all sorts of color schemes, which was perfect for her, because she likes to change out pillows and accessories with the seasons. She also painted the fireplace bricks white and replaced the mantel. Next came the fabric for the spindle chair. “I knew it was a really fun pattern I could pull lots of colors from,” she says. She chose light neutral tones for the sectional sofa and the rug, then layered in bright, preppy color via artwork and pillows.Wall color: Wickham Gray, Benjamin Moore; sofa, rug, lighting, accessories, fabrics: available via Lauren Nicole Designs
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