I recently finished a family room remodel for an active family of six – two parents, four teenagers and one huge, fluffy Golden Retriever. The project included new window treatments, new upholstery to an existing sectional sofa, paint, furniture and accessories.

There are still a few things to add (will get to that in a minute), but since the majority of the installation happened days before, I wanted to get the room photographed while it was still new and fresh.  So this past Friday, fantastic photographer Mark Adams and I tweaked pillows, hid cords, moved furniture and cocked our heads to the side until it all came together.


Before1 - bolinas

There were too many cushions here and they were way too small.  I find it's much more comfortable to sit on a wider sofa cushion.

Before2 - bolinas

The window treatments were the same color as the walls, which was a bright white with a touch of lemon yellow.  The lack of contrast made the room feel bland and washed out.

The challenge with painting this room was that the wall on the far right, continued through a dining area and then into the kitchen, which meant that if that wall was painted, the rest of the Great Room would have to be painted too and that was out of the project scope. We ended up painting two of the three walls Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (HC-81). It's a fantastic neutral that goes brilliantly with natural linen.

Before3 - bolinas

This little Asian chest and the art are the only pieces that stayed.



above photo by and property of serena armstrong/theurbanfarmhouse

We are still waiting for a custom coffee table exactly like the one above, except a square shape. I've had this one in storage from my store. The top is made from reclaimed barn wood and finished in a gray milk wash.  The base is brushed metal with a pewter affect – absolutely stunning.  I brought in the coffee table for the shoot since by the time the custom table arrives the room might have a more 'lived in look' than I wanted for the pictures.

Coffee table - Mark Adams

The sofa was redone in a natural, thick Belgian linen – gorgeous. Now there are only two lower cushions, four uppers and no welting creating a much cleaner look.

Tracy family room

above two photos (low resolution) by Mark Adams

I'm happy to provide product info about anything in the room.  

If you live in the Bay Area and need help creating a home you love, please do contact me for design help! 

Happy week to you! 


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