Family room, guest suite, utility room
Third part of the tour! Ready to head upstairs? Today we’re showcasing the family room, guest bedroom, guest bathroom, and utility room. If you’re interested in exploring downstairs, you can find all the details here and here. Return to tour. I’m excited to share some of the design tips and considerations I made for these spaces.
As you walk up the stairs, as seen on the second tour, you hit a landing that is the family room. This is the room where we relax, watch TV, and play. Immediately to the left are cabinets and an alcove with storage and a place to set up the TV. So many people are interested in the television situation, and yes, now there is television where that work of art is located. Across the street is a custom-built oversized section where you can enjoy a movie night or spend some time relaxing. I chose Dark His Mark His Alexander fabric for this section because…you know, you guys!
You’ll notice that the arched slat roof detail gives this home even more character. I love Everett rugs. The reason for this is that the soles of your feet feel softer and this completely open space feels like it was created on purpose. As always, I stuck to using natural light. The bank of east-facing windows was very important to enjoy the wonderful morning light. I love waking up in the morning and having sunlight shining into my room to start my day. These shades are another custom weave by Hartmann & Forbes. I love the added taupe edge detail. I knew I wasn’t going to have curtains in this space, so I added some personality with a custom width. The family room also serves as a separation between the main suite on one side of the house and the children’s room on the other side. This allows everyone to sleep on the same floor and also provides the privacy you need.
Design points: I love transforming landings into functional spaces. Whether it’s a small space to support a simple desk and chair during homework time, or a small sofa and side table as a reading nook, these items can have a big impact on how your home functions.
Guest bedroom and bathroom
I love having guests over. Whether it’s your siblings, parents, in-laws, or friends, the door is always open. Therefore, it was very important to create a guest suite where visitors could comfortably take off their shoes and stay. The guest room is located down the hallway from the family room. I wanted it to be reminiscent of a boutique hotel, so the color palette is very bright. Step inside and you’ll immediately notice the high sloping ceiling with an impressive Lucite chandelier. Beyond that is an alcove lined with windows and a writing desk. The large Malone rug is one of his softest rugs in the collection with Annie Selke and I love how it creates a sense of connection throughout the room. From a queen-sized bed to a desk to a comfy chaise lounge, there are plenty of ways to stay comfortable. The private bathroom has a small vanity and shower, perfect for a guest bathroom. I kept the palette very clean in this space as well, but I love the punch of color in her Zia zellige tiles in slate gray. The slate grates are beautifully complemented by the Bedrosian marble tile around the shower surround. Since the space was small, I used Sydney pendants from the Lighting Collection instead of sconces or vanity lights.
Design points: This is how to make a bed! Start with a high-quality neutral sheet. Choose the weaving style that suits your taste. However, it’s a good idea to invest in a good set to ensure your guests’ comfort. Second, I love matelasse coverlets in solid colors or soft patterns for beautiful layering. Next, add a folded linen duvet to the end of the bed. For pillows, I usually choose a decorative sham to match the comforter and pair it with a beautiful lumbar or accent pillow in the front. With this minimalist method, you won’t have to remove a pile of pillows every night. For a bonus layer, drape a throw blanket over your bed.
All of our bedrooms are on the second floor, so it made sense to put the laundry room on the second floor as well. Past the family room, the laundry room is on the right in the image with the wooden double doors. This room is a small space designed for maximum efficiency! Stackable washers and dryers save a lot of space and allow for ample built-in cabinetry. I really like the color of the walls and furniture. It is a Sherwin-Williams Snowbound and is a short distance from the Greek Villa in the family room. The brick flooring reflects the exterior of the house, as it is the same reclaimed brick but repurposed as paving. The countertop is gorgeous stained walnut, giving the space a natural feel, but see my design takeaways below. If you pay attention to detail, you’ll notice that there’s a bit of shiplap on the back wall, reminiscent of the family room ceiling. Details like this make the design transition between rooms seamless. I tend to spend a lot of time doing laundry, so I wanted to make sure this room was bright, fun, and functional. To add functionality, we decided to include a prep faucet and sink in the space. A curious person always wants to know what’s behind the cabinets, so I store his second set of cleaning supplies, tools, etc. in this space and walk up the stairs with these items. I’m trying to avoid having to go down.
Design points: We are considering replacing our stained walnut countertops with charcoal granite for durability. I love wood countertops, but I think granite might be a better option for this room given the wear and tear on my family’s clothing and daily use. It’s not a problem. You may have to live in it to really know how it will work for your household.
The next stop on the tour is the children’s room and bathroom. Children’s spaces are some of my favorite designs and these rooms were no exception. See you at #MyHouse!