A North Carolina interior designer creates a light, bright, comfy space for her family and its 5 pets.
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
Tip: Rearrange the art in your home from time to time. The painting over the mantel was one the family had in its old house. “The painting is so vibrant against the white bricks. Its placement in our old house didn’t give it the appreciation it deserved,” Clement says. “Originally I didn’t plan on placing it here — it just sort of happened. It fits perfectly and works so well with the colors in here. It’s so much fun to repurpose something you have by using it in a different way.”
The mantel is a piece of a reclaimed beam. “I like preppy, but I’m also a farm girl,” Clement says. She incorporated both parts of her personality in the room.
The idea for the shiplap wall hit Clement a few months after the room’s makeover was complete. She hung framed family photos in between the boards.
The credenza is another repurposed piece from their old house. “I love this piece — the mirrors make the room seem larger and lighter,” Clement says. “And it’s multifunctional — it holds all kinds of blankets, board games and other stuff the girls use.”
The chandelier also speaks to Clement’s love of farms and horses. The wood ring plays nicely off the mantel and some of the shapes resemble horse race horns. She also liked it because it’s wide, not too long as to impede watching TV or walking, and it leaves the views through the room open.
Finally, just past the credenza is this bench, another piece the family already had. Above it is a French linen canvas. “The bench was a great way to anchor the art on a wall that was kind of awkward before, and we can pull it in to use as extra seating,” Clement says. “I love pieces that are multipurpose.”
A warm fireplace, happy colors, comfortable furniture and bright color have transformed the room.