Before & After - living & dining room projects

Today I want to share a living and dining room project that has me dreaming of warm, sunny days on this cold day in Maryland! My clients, Leslie & John, love the beach and and desired a coastal feeling for their living and dining rooms — without creating beach-themed spaces.

The couple, with two young girls, wanted a living room where they could read, entertain friends with drinks and spend time with the girls playing games. The space had to be both kid-friendly and grown up and not too fussy. We gladly accepted this challenge to help our clients' aspirations come true. 

Located in the burbs of Howard County, their house isn’t exactly near the beach, but we loved working with them to bring that feeling to their home so they could experience a relaxed vibe all year long!

Here's a look at the rooms before, after and how we created the spaces with a nod to the beach.

BEFORE
The spaces were empty or partially-furnished before we began the design project. 

{BEFORE: Saddle Ridge Terrace dining room}

{BEFORE: Saddle Ridge Terrace dining room}

{BEFORE, Dining room looking into living room}

{BEFORE, Dining room looking into living room}

Their living room is the first room you see as you enter the home, but they rarely used it because it didn’t feel welcoming or function for their needs. The dining room had moldings on the walls that were removed and wood flooring was added in both spaces.

AFTER
Here’s how I created a coastal feeling in the suburban house of this young family.

{AFTER - the living room and dining room}

{AFTER - the living room and dining room}

The color palette was key. We used teal blue, coral and soft white and light, warm gray to create a coastal feeling in the rooms. The colors are bold, energetic and soothing at the same time. 

A small nod to the water goes a long way. An obvious nod to the water is found in the framed whale art over the sofa. 

The rest of the design elements - tufting on the ottoman, bold patterns in pillows and a chair, metal tables and nailhead trim on the chairs — keep the room grounded and not too “beachy.” Both chairs are recliners that don't look like recliners! A great blend of function and style.

The living room is now a delightful first impression when you enter this home.

{AFTER - the dining room

{AFTER - the dining room

The dining room shares the colors of the living room which works well since they are connected. The nod to the sea is in the wallpaper. It's a warm, neutral color, but with a slight texture with coral details. Classic and striking! It's a great backdrop to warm grey stained table and cream painted wood chairs and credenza. 

There's a lot of natural light in this room so I wanted to bounce that around as much as I could. We added a large mirror across from the bay window and a credenza with mirrored door panels. The double chandeliers (always a great idea with a long table) add a touch of elegance to the space and also have reflective qualities. Can you say maximized light? 

Shutters on the windows in both rooms offer great function - so easy to open all the way, tilt to let some light in or close for privacy. It's important that your window treatments function and look great! Shutters are a great look for this home.

The clients love their colorful living and dining rooms and enjoy spending time in these spaces. To see more photos of these projects and watch a short video about how we pulled it all together, visit the Saddle Ridge Terrace project in our portfolio.