The Living Room features art from the Carnes's young daughter

Working with a nearly-blank slate is a blast – you can transform the feeling of the room in any direction based on the items selected. The Carnes were a joy to work with and wanted to bring in the aesthetic of the neighborhood they are a part of. They live in Oak Hills where many Rummers and Mid-Century homes can be found (and where last year’s Modern Home Tour was located).

We replaced everything but the fireplace stone starting with the warm-gray carpet that has a textural, organic grid pattern. We then added chocolate silk drapery panels from floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall and can lighting with a chandelier over the cocktail table. Built-ins flank the fireplace asymmetrically; the left side is open shelving for display while the right side is enclosed for board games (this also conceals a depth variance between the two sides). The Carnes wanted to add wallcovering behind the built-ins for a contrasting texture to the wall color. The resident artist, their young daughter, hangs her photography above the sofa as the room’s focal point. A table sits in front of the window for chess games and there is plenty of seating for what they designed the room for: entertaining their friends and family. The furniture is simple and reminiscent of mid-century designs. A chaise is set between the two seating groups so guests can sit facing either direction or recline while watching a chess game.

Built-ins flank the fireplace - beautiful form and function

Luminescent wallcovering behind the built-in bookcase highlight the decorative items placed on display

The custom coffee table has a smokey-gray glass top (a nice alternative to clear)

Accessories on the cocktail table tie in the blue from the bookshelf and throw pillows

And a few before…

Facing the fireplace

Facing the Window

Large Back Wall

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