Laura Samuel Meyn 2017-06-05 04:50:22
The living room is big on both style and comfort, a requirement of the client. A testimonial to the designers’ success: Each family member now has his or her favorite spot for hanging out. The gray Norwalk chairs swivel to face the kitchen when desired; the credenza from Global Views offers storage for toys. COLOR PLAY It all began with a swatch of fabric — a fetching ikat in a fresh combination of blue, pink, green and gold on a creamy neutral background. When Beckley Design Studio partners Kelley Roberts and Rebecca Atkinson brought the textile to the table, the client knew that they had nailed her style. The swatch steered the home design project down a spirited, colorful path. Blue, pink, green and gold on a rich, creamy background — the fabric used for the sofa pillows was the jumping-off point for designing the new kitchen, living room and bar, where those hues were echoed and amplified. The interior design duo was brought on board after architect Randall Gideon had redrawn a portion of the home built in 1946 in what is now an elegant, wellestablished west Fort Worth neighborhood. Focusing on the galley-style kitchen and an adjacent guest bedroom, Gideon reimagined the space as an open-concept kitchen with a broad view into a sunny living area, where the addition of a small bar and powder room make the space better suited to entertaining. Beckley Design Studio’s task was to select finishes and furnishings in a style melding vintage and contemporary, keeping comfort in mind without sacrificing style. While the eye-catching ikat offered Roberts and Atkinson guidance in their approach to the renovated space, the designers and the client (who requested she not be identified) considered it only a starting point to developing the color palette. Brass hardware and a rack of gilded vintage cocktail glasses bring some shimmer to the deep blue of the bar cabinetry. The fabric’s lovely blue, for instance, reappears in a markedly deeper hue selected for a pair of upholstered chairs. Handed down from the client’s mother, the chairs were re-covered in a rich blue velvet for the new family room. The color is echoed also in the bar’s cabinetry, painted Benjamin Moore’s Blueberry Hill, a bold choice. “Our client was fun to work with; she can think out of the box, take some risks,” says Atkinson. “We painted samples on pieces of paper so we could hold them up, and she did fall in love with that one blue.” A bold shade of blue — Benjamin Moore Blueberry Hill — gives the bar nook a playful personality, while its thick marble countertop ties it into the nearby kitchen. The homeowner purchased the 1940s Belgian light fixture in Dallas. Opposite the bar is an elegant little powder room, where a shapely mirror hangs above a floating cabinet, and wallpaper covered in silver branches creates an immersive space. A small powder room goes glam with an elegant mirror, a floating cabinet and a wrap of cool silver branch Schumacher wallpaper. In the new living room, the family of five required ample seating and space for putting feet up and watching football, playing games and having friends congregate. As the home’s main hangout, the room demanded furnishings that were durable, comfortable and stylish. Atkinson and Roberts, both with backgrounds in commercial design, tend to gravitate toward commercial-grade fabrics that answer all requirements. They upholstered the Mitchell Gold sofa in a tough faux suede and topped it with a pair of pillows made out of that inspirational ikat, while a second set of chairs — these swivel to face either the living room or the kitchen — is covered in a hard-wearing gray fabric. “It’s virtually indestructible,” says Roberts. The highlight of the remodeled kitchen is a custom walnut table for casual family meals. Tulip chairs with no-fuss vinyl-covered cushions are both practical and pretty. That everyone in the family, toddler to teenager to grownup, has a favorite place to relax in the room comes in handy on movie nights. Blackout drapes help transform the otherwise sunny spot into the perfect viewing room. The credenza doubles as storage for toys, while the cocktail table not only holds drinks but also serves as a surface for playing games. The hardest-working space in the redesign is, of course, the kitchen. An expanse of Montclair Danby marble slab countertops and backsplash, white wood cabinetry and a large corner window over the sink make for a light, bright workspace. The double-oven and six-burner range with builtin griddle sees heavy use by the homeowner, who loves to cook. An appliance garage keeps the coffeepot and toaster oven out of sight but plugged in and easily accessible on pullout shelves. And the island offers the luxury of a built-in ice maker, its scoop at the ready. There’s a lot to like, but the homeowner’s favorite feature is the built-in kitchen table that abuts the island. The semicircle of walnut atop a decorative wooden base easily seats the family of five and is large enough to accommodate six retrochic white tulip chairs. Both chairs and chair cushions, covered in bright-pink faux leather, are easy to wipe clean. “Preparing supper each night in a space where the kitchen opens up to our family gathering room allows me to remain in the mix and conversations while I work,” says the homeowner. “Our home is all about togetherness, whether we are watching a movie, cooking dinner or playing Rummikub.” THE DETAILS Interior design Kelley Roberts and Rebecca Atkinson, Beckley Design Studio, beckleyds.com Architect Randall Gideon, FAIA, 817-919-7110 Builder David Babek, Babek Custom Homes, 817-572-6434, babekcustomhomesinc.com Custom table Buster Sanders, 817-924-4822 Custom upholstery M & J Upholstery, 972-331-5330
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