Before & After: A Space for Family Fun and Memories

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The words every interior designer wants to hear: “We LOVE it.”

Our team just finished designing a family room and kids' play area in Fairfax, and our client is thrilled with how it turned out. (We admit we're obsessed with the new space, too!)

We transformed a dark, drab, and weathered basement into a space that is refreshing and inspires family fun. Take a look at the Before & After...

Designing a space that brings the whole family together

 BEFORE: Family & Exercise Room

BEFORE: Family & Exercise Room

 BEFORE: Family Room

BEFORE: Family Room

The original space was dark, well-worn, and took a slightly awkward “open concept” approach to the family and exercise areas. Our client wanted separation between these two areas, but she also knew that putting up a wall would block the natural light from the window. We had a solution!

 AFTER: Family Room Turns Fun & Bright!

AFTER: Family Room Turns Fun & Bright!

This pre-built shelving unit is the perfect way to divide the room AND preserve sunlight. To keep the shelving unit looking cohesive with the space, our contractor expanded the existing column to make the shelves appear built in. We also added a checkerboard-patterned throw blanket to the couch to subtly incorporate the shelving unit into the rest of the room.

Now, the difference between the previous space and the new one is night and day. (Literally!)

 AFTER: Colorful Family Room

AFTER: Colorful Family Room

Some other impactful family room touches:

  • Sconces frame our client’s favorite "Tree of Life" artwork and add drama (and light) to the room

  • Small doses of bright color keep the room feeling mature but lively and fun

  • Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) looks sophisticated and helps the floor withstand heavy use

PRO TIP: Most LVT is waterproof, as well as dent, scratch, scuff, and stain resistant. This makes it a great option for high-traffic areas — like a family room, home gym, or kids’ playroom!


The brightly colored pillows and art make me smile.
— Client in Fairfax, VA

Creating a kids’ area that inspires adults

Our client specifically wanted a place for her kids and their friends to play games, do puzzles, and be creative…

...but she also wanted it to be a space in which she could pass time with other parents.

 AFTER: Adult-friendly Kids' Play Area

AFTER: Adult-friendly Kids' Play Area

 AFTER: Storage Space!

AFTER: Storage Space!

This playroom perfectly balances the kids' and adults' needs:

  • Comfy chairs in a traditional pattern provide inviting "grown-up" seats

  • Fun but minimal artwork keeps the space young... but not immature

  • A simple table becomes the perfect gathering spot for several little ones

  • A modern, green pendant adds a dose of clean and cheerful design

There is also plenty of storage space — another win!


We had a kids’ party, and I WASN’T EMBARRASSED TO INVITE THE PARENTS DOWNSTAIRS!
— Client in Fairfax, VA

Making a small bathroom appear larger and brighter

 BEFORE: Dark & Cramped Full Bath

BEFORE: Dark & Cramped Full Bath

Before, you can see this bathroom took quite a beating from the daily barrage of kids… and cats… and more kids. The lighting itself isn’t great, but the tan wall paint and opaque shower curtain make the room seem even smaller and darker.

 AFTER: A Bathroom People Won't Want to Leave

AFTER: A Bathroom People Won't Want to Leave

The design of our client’s new bathroom was all about creating space and brightness:

  • The white and gray palette keeps the area feeling open

  • The light fixture directly overhead frees up some wall space

  • Glass shower doors now reveal the bathroom’s full depth

  • Subway tiles in the shower are a stylish trick for creating visual width!

Style-wise, the tree wallpaper keeps this bathroom feeling young but elegant, while also echoing our client’s favorite “Tree of Life” artwork in the family room. (It’s the little details that keep everything cohesive!)
 

Interior design brings people together


We are actually spending time down there now!
— Client in Fairfax, VA

A well-designed space has the power to change the way people live. Especially in an age where technology seems to create more distance than closeness, it's uplifting (and incredibly rewarding) to see that interior design can bring people together. 

This kind of impact is more meaningful to us than any words of praise, and we're happy to have played even a small part in this family's story. We wish them many joyful memories in their new space!

Now, we're on to the next. ;)

 

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