Before the remodel, TV trays acted as makeshift computer desks in the living room. Chip Wade, host of HGTV's Elbow Room and Curb Appeal, upgraded the family’s office space with this custom, swivel-arm desk for two. The desktops swing out, allowing Mom and Dad to face the family while they work. The desks tuck back into the wall when computer work (or play) is done.
This friendly family room was formerly the house's foyer and it went largely unused. The designers removed an exterior door, and centered the focus on the fireplace and new built-in shelves. The homeowners now spend time in this room every day.
This living room's white stone chimney and open shelving double as a frame for the television and fireplace, softening their presence in the room. The shelves also allow more textures to be brought in: the baskets on the floor, ceramic vases and books.
A beautiful white brick fireplace sits at the center of this living area; a black mantel, fireplace surround and flatscreen tv make a sophisticated contrast against it. Blue accents throughout the room soften the mood.