Designer Betsy Helmuth designed this bright, inviting living room with a gray sectional and coral-colored ottoman in place of a coffee table. For families with kids, large ottomans are a great alternative to tables with hard edges.
A window-filled bedroom by McAlpine features floor-to-ceiling windows and the "elegance of a Parisian apartment," according to the book, "Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine." The room is designed by Betsy Brown. Bobby McAlpine is the architect.
With the extra square footage and a french door added to the left of the kitchen, the Cousins on Call demolished old wall that separated the kitchen from the living room. The Betsy family now has two large rooms that flow together. The family can cook on the large oversized island, while others relax in the living room without feeling detached from the rest of the family or guests. The large new windows and french doors fill both rooms with bright warm light.
When specifying upholstery for a beachfront house belonging to an active family, designers Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey of Burnham Design opted to cover all the furniture in indoor-outdoor fabric. "Every piece is done in Sunbrella fabric — even the pillows and the custom area rug underneath. Outdoor fabric was the perfect choice for this room, which is "command central" for TV-watching and game playing.” And, they note, “In terms of the furniture plan, sometimes it’s dramatic to do fewer pieces and keep the scale large of each and bold; that’s the case here. We selected the largest sectional we could fit in the space and made sure it was super deep and comfy. We paired it with a large upholstered ottoman, which serves double duty as a coffee table and great place for everyone to kick up their feet.”
The new living room at the Betsy home is brighter and more open. By opening and extending the new kitchen in the back, the living room is filled with a lot more light. A brighter colored paint, mixed with a new white ceiling, and white moldings, adds to the brightness and warmth of the room. The coffee table, sofa and rugs were provided by Ikea, and the many accessories were purchased at West Elm, Future Perfect, Ikea, and Brooklyn Flea. As seen on HGTV's "Cousins On Call".