Project Wardlaw - Family Room


Sorry it has taken me so long to get back around to Project Wardlaw. Work has been crazy lately!! I'm working on a couple of really big projects that I will be sharing more about eventually, but today I want to go over Project Wardlaw's family room! This room had been somewhat updated when I began working on the project. The previous owners had replaced the floors and added some built-ins surrounding the fireplace. I apologize for the super ghetto pictures, but this should give you a pretty good idea of what we were working with...

The first thing that had to go was the track lighting down the sides of the room. It was really dating the room and wasn't putting off that much light. We replaced the track lighting with some simple can lights and also added a chandelier. This made all the difference, the room feels much brighter now. Next, we came up with a new kitchen plan, which you can read more about here (P.S. if you're wondering why the before photo is different, I had lost my original photos and had to use the listing photos. I found my original photos recently.Yay!). The new plan involved bringing the wall adjacent to the kitchen back several feet, which really opened up the two spaces and gave my clients more of an open floor plan. 

Now let's talk about that fireplace situation. I would love to know what was going on before the cabinets were added by the previous owner. The whole thing just confused me, and when I look back at the photos, it still does. I went through several different solutions in my head, but most were going to send us way over budget. After quite a bit of thought, I decided to get rid of the "nook" side with the chair and mirror the cabinetry on the other side as best as we could. I'm so glad we did this because it makes the room feel much more balanced. We didn't get a shot of the new cabinets with the good camera, but here is a photo from my iphone...

I'm bummed we didn't get a better picture because this isn't doing the new cabinets justice at all, but you can see that it makes so much more sense now. I'm also not a huge fan of placing a TV over a fireplace, but the furniture is back far enough that you are not straining your neck to see it. Another plus is that you can watch TV from the breakfast area and kitchen too! 

Here is the final design board and furniture floor plan we designed for the family room...

I put a lot of thought into these design boards and floor plans. This is definitely my preferred method of designing. Not only do these plans give my clients a great visual of what to expect, but it also helps me too! There are so many different aspects that go into designing a room, and these plans help organize all my thoughts and ensures that everything looks great together in the end. There are a few things that didn't turn out just like the design board, but for the most part it's pretty much the identical! Take a look...

Photos by Chris Plavidal

Photos by Chris Plavidal

I love how casual, but put together and polished this room feels! Also, I would love to give some credit to my amazing sister, Carly Davis, who helped style this entire project to be photographed. If you're looking for a stylist, she's your girl! 

xoxo-Maddie