Refreshing the Southampton Family Room

July 1, 2012 · 24 comments

Located just of the open kitchen, it’s the room we really live in, and, after five years or so, it was looking a little too lived in.  The chocolate brown upholstery on the sofa wasn’t exactly worn out, but it was starting to look pretty tired, and the off-white linen (what were we thinking?) on the midcentury French “finger” chairs was getting downright shabby.

Here are a couple of pictures of these pieces in better days.

We were happy with the overall color scheme for the room, but we wanted –and needed– a change, so we turned up the volume a little with the upholstery, adding a bold pattern from Trina Turk to the sofa and swapping the white linen on the chairs for a more vibrant (and more practical) bright orange wool from Maharam.

The result isn’t a dramatic change, but I think the room is warmer and more cheerful than before —and friendlier to three year-olds in wet swimsuits and the adults who fret about them.

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