Modern Blue and White Family Room

A couple weeks ago we finished up a wonderful family room for a couple that are now empty nesters!

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They wanted a bright, cheery space with a modern twist.

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The rug was my inspiration and we went from there!  One of the chairs was a chair that the client had and the other was one I purchased that we redesigned and reupholstered.  I love to repurpose furniture and this one has a swivel for easy TV watching!  My husband tells me that I have a love affair with old chairs.  I admitted that he was right!  I LOVE chairs!




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Can you believe that this was the chair BEFORE?



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Crazy transformation, right?

 Guess who got the other chair?


BEFORE                                                                                       AFTER


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The client purchased the new leather couch and we added everything else in the room.  I love the glass top coffee table and the open geometric design.  With a rug this beautiful, it is crazy to cover it up with a heavy coffee table.




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Velvet pillow that I found while in Atlanta about 5 months ago, just for this project!




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Before this chair was slipcovered it had huge rounded arms.  It was dated but still good quality .  The client loved how comfortable it was so we  totally transformed it into a modern, comfory chair.  It is so fab!   Not dated anymore!

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The client had the artwork and mantel accessories, we just moved them in from another room.  Added lamps and side tables to finish it off!

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The newly stained hardwoods look amazing too!

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Details, details!

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We added this custom artwork to the adjoining kitchen nook.  I took all the fabrics we were working with to an artist and we got creative with what I wanted this grouping to look like.  Mary Howe with Design Inspirations is so talented and these add so much color to the space and marry the two rooms.

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I'm in love with their new chandelier aren't you?

Happy weekend!  I'm ready for some down time and plan to sit by the pool a bit with the family!

Yellow and Gray Family Room

 decrenew interiors 1It is always such fun to decorate a home knowing that there is something special happening with the couple!

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They are having a baby!

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Perfect time to do the finishing touches to their new home before baby arrives.

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They already had the sectional and the rug.  My job was to add the drapes, lamps, artwork, pillows, ottoman and other misc. accessories.  We did a few touches to their kitchen and adjoining dining room as well.

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They wanted the start of a gallery wall.  The black and white artwork can eventually be taken out and their new baby photos can be added when they are ready.

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The custom ottoman is my absolute favorite in this space and will be a conversational piece.  Perfect for putting your feet up while watching TV.

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It looks amazing with their new bar stools too.  We also added the pendant lights!  Wow, are those ever gorgeous!decrenew interiors 3

These ottomans are perfect under the console table because they cover up a plug that was put right in the middle of their walkway to their master.

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I'm in love with the striped grey and white drapery panels.

Custom pillows that are to die for.

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A yellow and gray throw pulls everything together very nicely and is perfect for getting cozy by the fireplace.

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We enlarged some gorgeous photos of the couple and placed them in their niches in the entry.  First the niches were painted a dark gray so the photo's would stand out beautifully.

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The adjoining eat in kitchen area got some finishing touches too.

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All ready to welcome baby home!

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Also ready for their baby shower this weekend in their newly decorated home.

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Happy Weekend and we have cool weather!  Yippee!

Young Executives Colorful Dallas Townhome


It has been such a privilege to work with my recent client. She is young and has been extremely successful.  Recently purchased a beautiful town home and called me to help her add personality and fun to it.


She had a few accessories, a small round bistro table and a beautiful town home to work with.  The furniture that we couldn't use, she donated to charity.


(dark and drab)


Being that she is young and fun, I presented a design plan to her with color and crisp freshness. She loved it and we got started right away!  We painted all the walls a soft gray and that in itself transformed the entire room.


The beautiful watercolor that you see in the hutch below was my inspiration for the room and helped us incorporate some of the existing blue accessories she already had and loved.


I found the used china cabinet below and had it professionally repainted, bringing it up to date!  It had such great bones and I knew the curved arches would add interest instantly.


 The outside was painted a rich gray and the inside was painted a light gray to showcase all the colorful accessories I added.

My client does not like a cold modern, contemporary style.


 My goal was to make her home feel updated,  functional and comfortable but also give it a feeling of youthfulness and style.


 She wanted it to be a place that  is a casual refuge for her to come to after a long day at the office.  I placed some old leather books, along with some pottery she had and mixed in unique artwork.  I also found these antique wallpaper stamps and they make a great conversation piece placed in the cabinet.


 It now exudes a colorful, free spirit just like she has.






A wonderful tufted ottoman is a place where all feet can rest comfortably!




The existing table she had now looks to scale, especially underneath her new chandelier.


Underneath the large front window we added a new console table.


I found these two fabrics and knew combined they would be perfect for her style.  Blown glass vases inbetween the lamps are showcase pieces now with the light shining in on them and above them.  They also have a bit of sparkle so that was a fun surprise for her.




The mantel was painted black. I proposed to my client that we move the mantel up due to the wierd space between the ledge and the mantel however, due to the budget, she decided that could be done later.  We worked with what we had for the mantel and I think it turned out nice.






My client returned home after being at a meeting all day and fell into her  comfortable couch and immediately started enjoying her NEW room!  She had the wrought iron shutters already, we just rehung them somewhere else.


Team DecRenew was extremely tired after a hard day with an extremely early start; 3 truck deliveries, 2 cars full of breakables and flowers, a wonderful handyman, my assistant Lesley with her crazy good  organization skills  and "get it done" attitude, and of course Tim my drapery installer that always does his magic.  I couldn't do it without them all!


It was hard work and required a ton of planning ahead of time,  but it was all worth it.


Fun, happy, casual and inviting!


 I could live here, couldn't you?

Watch this before and after video of the space!

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Family Room Before and After

So much fun to finish this project for my client just in time for Thanksgiving with their family.  We gave their family room and kitchen an update with paint, new furniture and accessories.

The fireplace was a cream stone and had such beautiful detail.  However, the detail was lost because the fireplace didn't make a grand statement, it just blended into the wall color.

We fauxed the fireplace surround a graphite gray and it now has much more grandeur. I suggested they paint their bookshelves an off white so their accessories could be showcased. Collectibles always look better against white.

They had a patterned carpet in the room already but my client wasn't too fond of it!  I found a rug that complimented it well that we  placed on top of it.  This added dramatic color and interest to the room and made my client really happy!  The leather sectional was a must because this is their TV watching room where lots of football watching goes on!
Of course you have to have reversible pillows for those that love instant change!

A seven foot mirror really added a WOW to the room! 
This console table matches the fireplace color.
I found this metal urn and painted it and then aged it.  Added some driftwood and it's a fantastic addition to the bookshelves.  Notice the wonderful cinnamon color behind the bookshelves!

Every room needs a touch of animal print.
Sorry for the TV reflection. I couldn't figure out how to turn it off!  I really tried to personalize the room so it didn't look staged! Family photos and special items were hung on the walls to make them feel surrounded by their special things.  The crosses were gifts from family and friends.

This stone was our inspiration for the color palette for the paint colors.

Adding candles in the same color scheme really adds a magic to the space.

Enjoy your weekend! 
I'll post more about their kitchen later. Wait til you see what we did with their enormous island!
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