The more casual family room is full of bright colors and interesting pieces that show off this family's personality. Teal walls make the space bright and fun, while red and green accents make the color palette pop. Patterned curtains and ottoman use the room's primary colors to add some textures in a unique way, while funky pieces, such as the privacy screen at the rear of the space and the unique chandelier add a little drama. To tie this space to the style of the rest of the home, exposed beams were added to elegantly bring the space together.
Sliding glass doors open to the backyard, creating a seamless transition between the home's interior and exterior. Here, a large swimming pool and lounge area give the family of six plenty of room to stretch out on the weekends.
Use of an industrial bookshelf in the master bathroom creates an artful space to organize hand towels, washcloths and accessories while new and vintage collectibles add a spa-like or beach inspired style.
This pristine pair of swivel chairs was passed down from Micah’s grandmother. They’re a perfect way to inject a little generational history into a young family’s home. Family heirlooms are always a good idea. You’ll notice that below the white painted crown molding is a white picture rail. In many older homes, the walls are plaster as opposed to drywall. Plaster is much harder and more difficult to repair; therefore, a piece of molding/rail is used as a surface to attach hardware and wire, and then your artwork to. Preservation is key in caring for older homes. The Stansells cleverly repeated the teal color on the drapery panels, but used white sheers on the window’s interior for semi-privacy while still allowing light in.
A mid-century modern style family room with a collection of furniture classics: An Italian leather sofa, wicker egg chair, natural wood coffee table and modern light fixture create a sophisticated space. Light wood tone floors with an inspired area rug and sliding glass doors highlight the views.
Home is all about family. It’s about creating a space where every member of the family feels represented, connected, and safe. Of course most of that happens outside of the realm of interior design, but when it’s reflected in the design of the interior, that’s when a space becomes truly special. Nestled away in a quiet corner of Brooklyn, New York, one home manages to capture all of these things spectacularly. In it, David Land (http://www.davidaland.com/), a well-known photographer and video director, lives with his husband, author Rumaan Alam (http://rumaanalam.com/) and their sons, Simon and Xavier. With family roots in Russia, Bangladesh, and African American heritage, the diversity of the family provides a fertile ground for design that is beautifully representative with a melange of cultural pieces, family heirlooms and items collected during travels.
It’s easy to overlook obvious opportunities to reconnect with your partner or kids. Eating together is a chance to go around the table and check in with each person. Even if you’re eating take-out, the face time is important when you have hectic schedules and lots of distractions.
While the majority of the home is bathed in a cool blue color, the family room brings warmth to the home. To add texture to the space grass cloth covers the wall, making the space a cozy place for the family to relax and enjoy each other's company.
One of the toughest parts of the renovation was not having a kitchen. Even the kids got tired of eating out. After having to outsource almost every meal during construction, the family voted to turn the backyard shed into a chicken coop!
Even though the kitchen is mostly white, Darnell adds interest through different textures. The backsplash is a trellis design, while white bead board is installed on the walls. The space is made family friendly by having the breakfast area open up to the kitchen.