Music Room Just In Time for the Holidays
Three years ago we had the pleasure of working with the Choi family, who was building a custom home in Falls Church. Working in step with the homeowners, and the builder, we created kitchen and bathroom tile designs, selected cabinetry finishing, wall colors and lighting. Although not ready to newly furnish their home immediately, we created floor layouts which were necessary in the building process to position floor outlets, television locations, and overhead and sconce lighting locations. SDI attended selection meetings, contractor meetings, and construction walk-throughs to ensure that everything came together as planned.
Fast forward to 2019. Having lived in their home for a while, they had better clarity on what worked well, areas that could be more comfortable and others that needed finishing touches. The scope included completing their music room, living room, and master bedroom.
Here’s the story on how each of the spaces were created including before and after photos and video.
The Music Room
Multifunctional Needs: Music practice, performance space and living room seating area
Another priority for the family was a space to practice music with instruments including piano, guitars and flute, as well as, perform for a small audience. The layout needed to accommodate a baby grand piano, sheet music, storage for other instruments when not in use, and also function as a comfortable seating area for listeners.
The room, conveniently positioned between the study and foyer, meant leaving enough space for people to walk-through without cutting through the seating arrangement. Our creative floorplan transformed the area into highly multifunctional room.
Our clients envisioned this room as elegant with an updated classic style. The inspirational room elements included an ornate mirror and an area rug, which was a wedding present. While beautiful quality, the primary mauve color in the rug was not necessarily the color they planned for the room. Pulling accent colors from the rug, we selected ivory and blue upholstery for a loveseat and accent chairs, both with classic details. Adding custom draperies in a blue and cream updated floral pattern, designed with a heavier fabric to act as a noise buffer, perfectly complemented the other textiles. The finishing touch was a piece of art painted in rich colors by Madhu Wangu, the homeowner’s mother, which creates an expanded canvas on the wall with the wood tones of the guitars mounted beside it.
The Family Room
Multifunctional needs: TV viewing area and crafting space
This family, like most, still enjoy television in the family room so they needed comfortable seating where everyone has a good view and the ability to stretch and lounge. It was also important to create a space within this room for the children.
We moved the TV from the built-in shelving area to an adjacent wall so that it could be seen from the sectional, as well as, the new crafting area. This suggestion enabled better television viewing and inclusion from every part of the family room. It also created a focal point above the fireplace, which is artwork drawn by Manoj Wangu, the homeowner’s father. An oversized, large patterned rug in gray, green, beige and coral set the color palette for the new family room.
We replaced their existing, oversized sectional with a more streamlined, L-shaped version in a beige, performance fabric and added a large, tufted leather ottoman so that everyone could stretch out and get cozy with a blanket or two. An accent chair in a patterned rust fabric offers additional seating.
To maximize the use of the room, we created a bonus area behind the sectional, perfect for crafts and LEGOs by procuring a narrow, drop-down table and two chairs. We also recommended built-in bench seats under the windows and topped them with custom-made cushions, providing an additional spot for lounging or sitting. New custom window treatments with a vibrant pattern of red, rust, green, and ivory created interest against the neutral walls.
The Master Bedroom
Multifunctional needs: relaxing sleeping space and sitting area
The master bedroom in this home is incredibly spacious; so large in fact, that our clients were perplexed about the best place for their bed. When we discussed their vision for the space and reviewed the inspiration photos they selected it became clear that they wanted to create a luxurious bedroom with a sitting area. They favored soft shades of green and many of the rooms they showed us also had an interesting architectural ceiling detail.
Our floorplan placed the king size bed in the alcove space by the windows. We utilized this area to frame the space with a gorgeous new tufted bed frame flanked by mirror nightstands with custom draperies providing the perfect backdrop. A seating area includes two accent chairs, a bench and ottoman, accented with a green floral area rug. A detailed bench with an open back was selected specifically so we wouldn’t block the view of the beautifully upholstered headboard. To enhance the architectural detail of the tray ceiling, we found a stunning medallion wallpaper in a reflective metallic finish to create a focal point in the room. Filling an empty corner with a mirrored vanity and art completes the room.
WE INVITE YOU TO VIEW THE COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION OF ALL THREE SPACES IN THE VIDEO BELOW.
Working with couples with convictions, generally pushes us all to co-create a look, feel and space that is better than any one of us could have done alone. The process truly demonstrates the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. When we work with clients in step to integrate function and beauty, creating a space that is uniquely theirs is almost always the outcome.