After a deep dive into our Design Process last month, it only seems fitting to show you the result of all that planning and hard work — elegant and fresh living spaces for our incredible clients!
Today, I want to introduce you to The Linden Project: a 2,900 square foot home in North Kingstown, RI that we started in April 2019 and officially wrapped up in January of this year. This post mainly highlights the transformation of the living room and sitting room, but we also refreshed the breakfast nook, front entry, powder room and mudroom. Let’s take a look…
When we met with our clients for their initial design consultation, they told us that the whole home felt dated and needed updating. They wanted to refresh their space with new colors, textures, fresh patterns, and interesting elements.
But their main objective? To create a FINISHED space.
As empty nesters with two adult children out of the house, they were ready for a home that felt fun and colorful yet timeless, and ideal for enjoying as a couple or for entertaining.
Space Planning for the Living Room & Sitting Room
The living and sitting rooms are connected but serve different functions. The living room is perfect for relaxing and watching television, while the sitting room is designed for cozy mornings, invites more intimate socializing, and even lets the host or guest prepare drinks at the built-in wet bar.
Together, these two spaces offer the full range of options for any desired use!
Conceptual Designs for Fresh Living Spaces
As a Colonial style home, it was essential to balance the tasteful traditionalism along with the clients’ transitional preferences. We proposed a timeless look that is colorful and fun but still works with the period of the home.
We love the blue and orange color combo, and it just felt right in this home. Our clients had a lot of gray-green and purple throughout the house, and we definitely wanted to supply something fresh. We proposed complex neutrals — warm grays and tans — layered with sociable oranges and breezy blues.
Our clients were hesitant about the orange when we first mentioned it to them, but they trusted us, and once they saw our design concept, they were convinced! Not the first time that’s happened. 😉
The adjoining sitting room was a space that our clients never used. In fact, they told us it felt more like a drop zone for coats when they had company. We were determined to change things!
We envisioned a cohesive yet unique design that would create a space they loved to hang out in — with or without company. Something elegant yet inviting, indulgent yet relaxed. More warm neutrals to keep the room feeling fresh and open, while pops of blue tie the design well with the living room. And of course… texture!
With our clients’ blessing and brimming with inspiration, we spent the next several months bringing the vision to life. I’ll spare you the construction and installation photos this time. Let’s skip right ahead to the best part — the reveal!
Linden Project Reveal: Warm and Timeless Living Room
This modern traditional chandelier in chrome is the crown jewel of the room. And would you look at the armchairs’ fabric — gorgeous detail!
The fireplace façade and hearth update the space and bring a natural elegance into the room. We added sofas with gorgeous texture and pattern, a coffee table with traditional character, and airy window treatments.
The two orange ottomans and custom pillow details burst with bold and lively energy, while the artwork by Josef Kote beautifully harmonizes all the colors at play.
It’s difficult to see in the photo, but we also refinished the room’s Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring. Our clients have two large golden retrievers and were worried about scratches, so we used a harder water-based finish and covered the floors with rugs from Stark Carpet to protect them.
Ahhh, couldn’t you spend an entire lazy Sunday in this space? We could! But before we get too comfortable, let’s move into the sitting room…
The Linden Colonial: Fresh and Sophisticated Sitting Room
The sitting room boasts new furniture, a custom wet bar and cabinetry, built-in shelves, and colonial style wainscoting. The molding of the arched entryway adds traditional character while the more transitional, sleek furniture — the leather bench, burl wood table, swivel armchairs — add freshness.
The sitting room bar looks incredible with wallpapered shelves, cabinet lighting, and stylish accessories. These are accompanied by café shutters (by Hunter Douglas) and a gorgeous botanical print valence by Schumacher.
Custom round glass mullions by Rome Point Woodworking add instant sophistication to the space, and we used the same countertop material as the backsplash. The beautiful stone speaks for itself!
This textured wallpaper by Philip Jeffries is a treat for the eyes!
And of course, swivel seating for cozying up with a book!
Fresh Living Spaces
It’s safe to say that these spaces got the infusion of color, function, and fresh updates our clients wanted! Whether they’re stuck inside on a cold winter day, entertaining on a warm summer evening, or anything in between, they’ll have a home that inspires them to make the most of it!
And that’s exactly why we do what we do. Because at the end of the day, our homes should fill us with courage, bravery, and inspiration. They should empower us to live as fully and passionately as we’ve always wanted (but maybe never had the courage) to live.
If you’ve been picturing your dream home in your mind, but haven’t gotten started yet, what’s stopping you? Can you imagine anything more important than living your best life?
Our Interior Design Project Planner will help you get those dreams onto paper, and from paper to a real plan! So be brave, go download it, and know that you have our support and encouragement to start taking action on what matters most to you.