When we did the walkthrough of the Boulevard Show House pre-renovation, we realized something was missing. The layout didn’t include a family room or a playroom for the girls. These were two rooms we knew we definitely wanted to have, so the challenge was to figure out how to add these two rooms to the house. Luckily, one of the best parts about doing a renovation is that you have the opportunity to create new spaces from existing ones…so that’s exactly what we did!
The house did have a room, which I lovingly called the “rumpus room”, that included a bar, sunken lounge, and a library loft. It was way dated and didn’t flow at all. Cue the architecture for our new space! We decided to split the room in half and added a sizable loft to create space for a family room and a playroom for the girls, as well as a study for me and Michael. These new rooms are going to be designed by Blair Foster, Lead Interior Designer, and Krysten Westby-Cole, Associate Designer.
A glimpse at the Great Room ‘pre-revonation’ – lots of potential here!
Blair is a master at playrooms so I know the girls are in very talented hands. I’m so excited to see the progress thus far! The family room is very much my vibe with warmer tones and black and white. And the playroom is full of pastels, warmer tones, and fun graphic prints. It’s fun, sophisticated and a little moody – the perfect space for the girls as they grow.
Today, we’re handing it off to Blair to get the details behind her designs for this transformed space!
All about the contrast
To me, the family room should be super contrasty. I wanted to mix Laura’s love of black and white with a few muddy, (but in a good way) warmer tones. This entire space has terracotta-toned Saltillo tile that I would love to stain a dark ebony color. This will help ground the space and provide the perfect contrast-y base.
I see the initial landing area as a perfect spot for showing off multiple collected areas and vignettes: an eclectic bar, center display table, and art gallery. The sunken living space will have a lounge-style feel to it with a comfortable custom sectional upholstered in a durable Crypton fabric. It’s the perfect spot for family movie watching, as well as entertaining.
Family Room Landing Area
The key to using pieces from different time periods together is to stick with a basic color palette like black and white. We love the dark and edgy vibe of the stained Saltillo tile, but we wanted to add a bit of warmth to the space with this gorgeous Carol Piper Vintage Chinese rug. The vintage rug design balances out this contemporary center table with paint detail. This antique Carl Moore vellum bar table with these retro-inspired Harlow mink velvet chairs creates a luxe seating area that doesn’t feel dated.
Imaging this painted detail on the base of Boulder Breakfast table, very cool!
But don’t let this industrial-esque black aluminum Haiku ceiling fan fool you into thinking it’s old school. It’s not just another fan…it automatically changes based on room conditions! How cool is that?! And for the area’s finishing touch, we found a few unique pieces from Dimmitt Contemporary Art. Stay tuned to find out which ones we selected.
Sunken Living Room Space
We wanted the sunken living room space to have a cozier feel, so we chose a Broadloom carpet in a fun antelope print from M&M Carpets for the floors and these TruStile Barn Doors (stay tuned for the color selection) to separate the living room from the playroom. And since this is supposed to be a gathering spot for the whole family, having enough seating was key. This custom House & Town sectional definitely gives us enough space to relax together.
This Bernhardt cocktail table balances out the long sectional and is perfect for displaying our collection of coffee table books. For additional table space, we chose this tulip shaped Carl Moore Italian marble table. You can never go wrong with this classic style table, but we love the movement the marble gives the table.
The playroom builds on the color scheme we used in the adjacent family room. But we’ve added muted/dusty hues, fun graphic patterns, and natural textures to make it more playful…like a gold snake shaped pull from Scout Design that will be painted a dusty clay/rose color and used on the barn doors. Although this will initially serve as a kids space, the design elements will be equally fun and sophisticated for years to come. This is definitely a space the girls will love and be able to grow into!
We’ll be using the same stained Saltillo tile on the floors and the beautiful Vetrazzo by Laura U Classic Black counters. These are easy to clean which is great for any accidental messes that may occur…because we all know messes happen. For the walls, we selected this fun “X & O” print aka Hugs and Kisses wallpaper from Milton & King!
Vetazzo by Laura U, in Classic Black, will add a sophisticated touch to this room
When thinking about a playroom, one of the key elements is storage. This Besta storage cabinet from Ikea is so versatile and will definitely help keep the girls’ playroom clean and organized. But being a designer, I couldn’t help but add a few custom touches to it! I’ll be swapping out the plain white legs on the cabinet for these darling white and gold carrot shaped cabinet legs from Pretty Pegs and I’ll be adding these sweet faceted knobs from Anthropologie to the front.
For the seating, we’ll be painting hanging chairs in a moody black, which is a perfect match for the wallpaper. These Ikea dipped stools are so fun and are the perfect size for the girls. We are still finalizing the pieces for the art wall. There were so many great options at Laura Rathe and Minted that it’s making it tough to choose…so stay tuned! And to finish everything off, we’ll be adding in some of these fun throw pillows from Minted.
It’s all about the details, loving these fun dipped stools!
Soft & Moody Sophistication
Thank you for sharing with us Blair! I’m in love with the design so far and am excited for more progress to be made! I can’t wait to share the final product with everyone in Spring. Check out BLVD website for more updates and keep an eye out on our Facebook page for exciting announcements and progress!