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Phinney Ridge
Seattle, Washington

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Bursts of Personality in this Tangletown Great Room

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I started the design of this Tangletown home in North Seattle by furnishing the family room, which bridges the dining room and the kitchen.

Layout. Working out the initial furniture arrangement was the first step. We needed to maximize seating while also keeping the space open as a passthrough room to/from the dining room and kitchen. The large french doors to the backyard also needed to be accessible and showcased. As a solution, I brought in the largest sofa possible with a chaise to keep the room feeling open while allowing seating to orient around the fireplace and feel open to the kitchen. A comfortable accent chair was incorporated into the corner along with an ottoman for extra seating. The grand coffee table became a functional surface for the kids, while also connecting the furnishings.

Lighting. 2 sofa table lamps were incorporated behind the sofa for low lighting. The architectural brass trestle lamps instantly added personality to the room. We balanced these with the floor lamp behind the chair.

Color. One of the most beautiful parts of this house are the polished mahogany floors, which expand throughout the main floor. The red tone of the floor set parameters for the color scheme, which started by selecting the perfect neutral for the walls. Benjamin Moore Nimbus, 1465, was the winning shade – it transformed the room into a light and bright space that opened up decorating possibilities. The next step was to find a show stopping rug that had the power to add color and personality to the room. The rug we found was from West Elm, and despite it being a rather bold choice with the mix of colors and textures, my client gave it a thumbs up.

Windows. We added simple white draperies with bronze hardware to the windows to soften the feel of the space.

Fireplace. The fireplace mantel is quite deep, so adding the large round mirror helped to create a nice backdrop for layered accessories in the front. The black and white art print is from Etsy and framed by Frame Bridge. The accessories are from The Phinery.


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