My Friend’s Kid- and Pet-Friendly Family Room Reveal
I’ve been slowly helping out friends of mine decorate their already great house and today you get to see how we pulled together their family/TV room. They have a 4-year-old and a dog that licks and jumps so we had to make it pretty kid- and pet-friendly. The architecture is modern farmhouse and their style is what we have jokingly dubbed “inviting post-apocalyptic homey.” It’s specific and yet it’s pretty universal, because, hell, if I lived through the apocalypse, I’d be psyched to be invited to their home. They like neutrals, with hits of mustards and muted blues. Samesies. We joke because she has influenced my style so much, edging up my fashion and muting down my colors, but likely I have in turn brightened up her typical camo palette. We are both from the PNW and she is moodier than I (not surprising) so I bring the happy while she brings the edge. Together, I LOVE what has happened.
Last year, we customized her sofa at Cisco Home and I know you are all going to freak over it because we did and do all the time. She chose a distressed fabric that looks almost like roughed up denim and at the time, I remember advising against it because I thought it looked too “I’m Industrial,” but as it has worn in, it’s kinda perfect. It’s a washed canvas that has a ton of give and distressing and the more wear it gets (with a toddler and a dog, it’s a lot) the better it gets, as you can see. It’s low and deep and 10 feet long with a single thin down-filled cushion (key) and loose back cushions for ultimate comfort. It’s high quality, high comfort and high style. To be fair, it was not cheap (around $8k) but they were ready to invest and if you break down the amount of time they’ve spent on this sectional, it’s definitely been worth it. We also had the fabric stain treated and while it has only been just over a year, it has worn perfectly.
Where I came in was the ottoman and the rug. I wanted to ensure that the sofa had a warmer toned best friend. That caramel ottoman does just that with its tone and the simple tufting. Plus, it perfectly matches the fur-tone of their French bulldog Boris. Oh, I forgot to mention, in 2018, it’s VERY important that your pet matches your color palette for the most Pin-worthy and “thumb-stopping” photos. And yes, that’s the new term for if/when your large clumsy thumb stops on an Instagram photo and double taps that ish. Welcome to our new reality where we let the action of the world’s chubbiest appendage indicate personal (and corporate) success.
The rug is one of my favorites that I’ve used a few times. It’s soft, warm and neutral but with enough pattern to give the space some style. It has also held up surprisingly well under high family traffic.
Those shelves were kinda challenging being so skinny, so we just styled them out with books, frames and some neutral objects and tried to make them feel not so itty bitty.
A lot of lounging and TV watching happens in that room. It’s just so comfortable and kid/pet-friendly.
That’s right, she bought that painting from the rummage sale for $200. It looks so good up there and fits into this whole “modern farmhouse” vibe that the house has going on.
Here’s a shot that lets you see the whole space…
The lamp is from Schoolhouse Electric and we bought the trunk at the flea market last year. The pillows are a mix from Target and some borrowed picks from A 1000 X Better, a staging company that is great if you need an LA staging company.
So there you go. It’s not some crazy design masterpiece but it came together really well and is such a lovely place to hang out and relax.
1. Vintage Trunk (similar) | 2. Custom Sofa | 3. Donna Floor Lamp | 4. Ottoman | 5. Rug (different color) | 6. Accent Chair (similar) | 7. Live Edge Side Table | 8. Sconce (similar) | 9. Vintage Indigo Pillow (similar) | 10. Neutral Patterned Pillow (similar) | 11. Navy Tassel Lumbar Pillow (similar) | 12. Throw Blanket | 13. Tall B&W Striped Bottleneck Vase | 14. B&W Dipped Vase | 15. Ceramic Bell (similar) | 16. Linden Indigo Pillow (similar) | 17. Tan Wool Pillow (similar) | 18. Mustard Patterned Lumbar Pillow (similar) | 19. Marble Tray (similar) | 20. Vintage Camera (similar) | 21. Vintage Portrait (similar) | 22. Black Candle Holders (similar) | 23. Punk Table Lamp | 24. Planter (similar) | 25. Basket (similar) | 26. Credenza
*** Photography by Sara Tramp for EHD