See How a Colorful, Kid-Friendly Home Can Be Chic, Too!
October 9, 2014
United States
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I am a firm believer in blanketing my living spaces with white..lots and lots of white. But this Sherman Oaks home with its yummy wallpaper and collaboration of color and prints is enough to make this neutral lover take pause. Designed by Katelyn Coscarelli-Schag of KCS Design , it's a merry, merry combo of vibrancy and eco-friendly materials that are kid friendly to boot. Click here for more!
Working on this project was especially fun for me. The clients did not shy away from color and patterns. It was very important to them that every room felt light, happy, and full of life. We spent months sitting on their bare living room floor looking at fabric swatches and wallpaper samples trying to find the perfect colors to give them that happy feel without going over the top. The clients also have two young children and durability was a huge issue for them. Sticky hand-prints are just unavoidable so the materials we selected needed to be able to withstand spills and regular cleaning.
It was very important to the clients that we take as many precautions as possible so that the materials and chemicals we brought into their home were not harmful to the health of their children. We used Benjamin Moore and Dunn Edwards zero VOC paint on all the walls, cabinets and custom furniture. We were also thrilled to find chairs for the living room from Lee Industries who use soy for their foam, a GREEN & eco-friendly product.
It was very important to the clients that we take as many precautions as possible so that the materials and chemicals we brought into their home were not harmful to the health of their children. We used Benjamin Moore and Dunn Edwards zero VOC paint on all the walls, cabinets and custom furniture. We were also thrilled to find chairs for the living room from Lee Industries who use soy for their foam, a GREEN & eco-friendly product.
We wanted to incorporate extra storage while making the space livable, bright and open. I custom designed the extra-long blue sideboard for the living room so that they could hide things away when entertaining and created the custom window bench and entry bench with storage underneath the cushions for additional space to stash their belongings. We also created a unique and clean bar space that would serve as easy access for entertaining and additional storage.
Originally there was a large brick fireplace dividing the dining room and living room. It blocked all of the light from coming into the living room and made both rooms feel very closed off. The home came with five fireplaces which felt a bit unnecessary. We decided to knock out the fireplace and open up the wall between, creating an open flow between the two rooms. We separated the two rooms by giving them each their own color scheme. In the end, creating two unique but uniform spaces.
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