Photo By: Jennifer Cheung; Design By: Mark Tessier, Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture, Inc.
Photo By: Tomas Espinoza
Traditional Family Room is Multifunctional
Gray walls and white trim set a fresh, clean tone in this ground-level family room in Brooklyn. A modular sofa and a desk turn the room into a multifunctional living area. Meanwhile, French doors to the back garden connect the home to the outdoors.
Multifunctional Transitional Living Space With Neutral Palette
A custom white oak cabinet by Honea Woodworks balances the wood-paneled opposite wall in this airy and transitional living space. Vintage teak bookcases and an upright piano turn the room into a multifunctional space the whole family can enjoy. Traditional rugs make a fun pairing with modern artwork.
Traditional Kitchen With White Cabinets and Wood Island
As frequent entertainers, the homeowners of this traditional home wanted a multifunctional kitchen with integrated living space. To create wider passageways, walls were removed and the living area of the kitchen was bumped out about two feet, allowing room for more windows to brighten up the space. The peninsula separating the kitchen and dining area was removed to create an open living area.
Modern Outdoor Living Room With White Paper Lanterns
For a multifunctional outdoor living room that would serve as a family gathering space and a meeting area for the owners’ clients and colleagues, landscape architect Mark Tessier created an accordingly varied lighting scheme. Traditional outdoor lighting illuminates the area without making a statement, while style enters from above and below, via a flickering fire pit and paper lanterns of various sizes hung randomly throughout the space. “After dusk, these lights cast a warm, inviting glow festive for simple or elegant gatherings any time of the year,” says Tessier.
This quaint living room boasts all the comforts of a traditional home. With elements including exposed wood beams, vaulted ceilings, and shiplap walls my personal favorite detail is the stained wood trim around the windows. True to tiny home form, this space is also multifunctional. The TV wall conceals a full-size Murphy bed that can accommodate guest overflow.