Interior design ideas: an airy family room that communicates with the outdoors


Clients of Katie Bogart, a young family who recently moved from town to Weston, asked her to design a useful family room and a peaceful atmosphere where children and adults could live with ease. To accentuate the stunning Palladian windows and the wooded landscape beyond, Bogart created a light and airy arrangement accented with blues and greens that bring the outdoors in. A modular sofa upholstered in performance linen maximizes comfort, functionality and floor space. “The layout provides flexibility,” says Bogart. “There’s enough room for the kids to play, but once the toys are gone it’s beautiful. “

1 A leather swivel chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams allows for easy interaction with the adjacent kitchen and living area.

2 A faux olive tree from Etsy draws the eye to the top of the window, and a fern at Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland draws the green to the center of the space. Kathleen Kolb’s serene seascape is from the Edgewater Gallery.

3 The Black Wire Brushed Mahogany Coffee Table with an aged gray finish has a driftwood feel in a modern form. Its soft aesthetic blends perfectly while its substantial size fits both sides of the sectional.

4 A sculpture of Bogart’s uncle, Jacques Schickel of Maryhill Clayworks, personalizes and elevates the space while introducing a subtle whimsy.

5 A teak burl cube balances the cognac-colored leather armchair across the room. “The darker tones melt the eye,” says Bogart. “If everything was a wash of soft neutrals, the eye wouldn’t know where to rest.”

6 Bogart used an indoor / outdoor version of the iconic Christopher Farr Cloth Carnival fabric for the pair of X stools. “They work well as booster seats or are easy to move around so kids can play Legos,” says Bogart.

Marni Elyse Katz is a regular contributor to Globe Magazine. Send your comments to [email protected].


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