I’m back to complete the reveal of Project Lexington Green II, which began a couple of weeks ago with the kitchen, bar, and dining room. Here’s a quick glimpse at that (and click here for the more in-depth glimpse!).
Today I’m sharing the family room – which is kind of three rooms in one – and the home office, designed primarily for the husband. Once again, I am going to keep the ‘before’ pictures on Instagram.
Let’s start with the moody appetizer – the office. Although I’m just sharing it now, this project was completed in 2019; pre-COVID times. Little did we know just how important home workspaces were about to become!
This space is one of the darker rooms in the house, so we embraced that with a tone-on-tone warm gray wall and millwork combo, and added jewel-tone blues and greens, and brass/gold metallic accents to add some zing to the scheme. The desk floats closer to the windows rather than being shoved depressingly into a corner, and a cozy velvet reading chair by said windows creates an inviting reading spot. And everything sits atop one of my favorite broadloom carpets (cut and bound as a room-sized area rug) EVER. The image does not do it justice.
In the category of ‘art makes the room,’ the painting, part of artist Leslie Graff’s ‘Domestics’ series, was commissioned specifically for this client and room. It is bananas good! Huge thanks to Libby Silvia Artstyle for facilitating the piece.
Now we are going to head out into the kitchen again to start moving into the very large ‘family room,’ which also contains a pretty spectacular casual dining area for family meals (as opposed to the more formal dining room, used more for adult entertaining, holiday occasions, etc.).
I teased this image in the ‘Part 1’ reveal post, partly because it is hard to draw a line between the kitchen and the area I’m calling the family room. It really flows together (in a quite intentional way!). Let’s take a closer look now…
This dining area is pretty fabulous! But let’s break it down, because it is also quite practical. First of all, the chairs are upholstered in a hard-wearing, wipeable faux leather. The custom table top is made from walnut, and has the same ultra-durable finish we employed on the wood countertop in the bar. We added a beveled top edge to soften the feeling of placing your arms on the table, and reducing the likelihood of wear. The metal pedestal base means no legs to get in the way when all of the chairs are pulled in (not to mention, it is darned good-looking!).
I also love the art the client and I chose for this area! By Eileen Corse, also via Libby Silvia. You’ll see in a minute that there is a completely other ‘zone’ right next to this one, and I felt adding distinctive, and differentiated art installations on the wall behind them would help create definition and balance in the large gable-ceilinged space.
Pivot to the left a bit and this is your view – an arts/crafts and games area for the client’s two young daughters. I suspect this little spot is now being used for remote learning, and that the bins on the console table immediately behind are working overtime keeping this family organized.
The art installation above said console table was designed by me, using these delicate little white porcelain flowers I discovered in a showroom at High Point last year. I originally envisioned a more free-floating array of blooms sort of ‘floating’ up the wall, but ultimately we landed on a bullseye comprised of different sized flowers. You would not believe the work that went into designing, templating, and installation (which was handled by a pro). Not to mention that each of these flowers was individually boxed and had to be carefully unpackaged and unwrapped…by me. 🙂
OK, now turn around about 180 degrees and here is the actual ‘family room’ part of the family room space! In this image you can see the wall color a little more clearly – it is actually the palest lilac (aptly named Lilac Hush by the geniuses at Benjamin Moore). It carries all the way through the kitchen, as well. Aside from fixing some color issues, another dramatic improvement was the addition of four large pendant lights – one each over the dining and craft tables, and these two, directly opposite, over the ample seating area. It was one of those things you know was a good idea, you were surprised that the client agreed to it, and you and the client were surprised just how important and amazing it ended up being once installed. Never underestimate the power of the right lighting to fix a room!
But besides lighting, there is a lot else to love here – including the colorful upholstery, fun patterned pillows, and room-enhancing functional draperies. One of my favorite things is the custom split faux leather table ottoman holding down the middle of the grouping. The blue sofa is quite long, and it would have been cumbersome to have a very long ottoman in order to reach the green sofas, as well. The two pieces fit together, or come apart as needed to serve the green sofas, and create an ‘access/escape hatch’ to the large blue sofa.
While we brought a lot of amazing new art into this home, we were also thrilled to find new homes for their most beloved existing pieces – including this trio of resin antelope (gazelle??) heads. They have names which now escape me, and they are lovingly adorned with decorations by the client’s daughters at the holidays. The small lacquered grasscloth cabinet beneath provides additional storage for the adjacent living space, and looks great doing it.
We were thrilled to work with Cusato Construction on this project; they did an amazing job bringing the vision to fruition.
All beautiful images by Michael J. Lee Photography!
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