Buying a new family home, downsizing to a smaller space, and designing a room for a growing child are just some examples of the family milestones that affect the way we live in our space. Bringing in an interior designer to help you through those life changes can help make the transition easier. As our lives evolve, we need different things from our homes. Creating a space that supports your new way of life will make your time in your home more enjoyable.
One aspect of family life that usually has to evolve along with our home is family traditions. The huge Christmas tree that used to fit in your previous house may no longer be suitable for your new downsized space. Family heirlooms may have to be spread out to the younger generation because your storage has decreased. Gathering the kids together to play in one space is no longer acceptable with teens in your house. At Hoskins Interior Design, it is an honor to help our clients create a space that helps them balance keeping family traditions with life changes. We design spaces that will allow them to honor the spirit of their old ways, while creating space for new traditions to be created. Sharing time with loved ones may be the most important part of living in a home. Designing for those occasions will make those times even more special.
A large part of our success in creating custom interior design schemes for our clients over the past 18 years is due to the relationships we have with our vendors. Much of what is available in the interior design industry is not available straight to the consumer; trade-only access provides a much wider array of choices for those who work with a designer. We value our vendor relationships as they help us bring a unique, custom and quality design to our clients.
For example, one of our fabric vendors visited us recently to show us the latest design trends in her industry. We were enthralled with the sample pictured above. This piece represents a new idea in fabric – traditional pattern within a modern color scheme. The color combination of bright primary colors with bright secondary colors on a brown background is a fresh take on the common embroidered floral design. We ordered a sample of the fabric for inspiration. We do not know where we will use it yet, but we know it will end up being the perfect unique element in one of our design projects.
When you are a family that likes to entertain a lot, undertaking a remodel is an opportunity to create a space that supports that lifestyle. Our clients purchased an older home with the location they loved, but a layout that did not suit their needs. During a whole-house remodel, their love of hosting large gatherings played a large part in the design of their main level. Partnering with Architect Steve Goldberg of Goldberg Design Group and custom home builder Pat O’Connor with Homes by Pat O’Connor, we helped them create an open kitchen and a formal dining space – the obvious requirements for this jovial family. However, the design also called for an informal dining room, which allowed us to create a flexible, multi-functional space that completed their entertaining needs.
This secondary dining space was adjacent to the kitchen, so we designed the two rooms to flow well together. A large opening was crafted between them, and the color schemes complemented each other. The functionality of each space supported the other as well, with the heavy lifting of cooking and food service left to the kitchen and secondary yet necessary activities like beverage storage and overflow seating happening in the dining space. While large gatherings could be accommodated with the addition of this extra space, it was also intimate enough to welcome smaller gatherings that did not require the atmosphere of the formal dining room.
Both a large bay and small rectangular window added wonderful light to the room, which we complemented by adding soft elements to the design. Storage for entertaining implements was a high priority for the space, so we added two walls of cream-colored cabinetry. On the side with the window we installed a wall of closed cabinetry for linens and serving dishes, and created a window seat to add a bit of charm. Architectural elements like crown molding and inset, flat panel doors with an additional molding insert within the rails added dimension to what could have been a cold wall of cabinetry.
On the opposite side the storage was focused on beverage storage and service. Our clients love wine, and were looking for a beautiful way to store the bottles, glasses and other tools they have collected. They also wanted a serving area in this room. We designed a large wet bar, with open storage in the upper cabinetry for wine bottles, slots for hanging glasses and mullioned cabinetry for decorative pieces. The lower section offered closed storage, drawers for bar tools, and a beverage refrigerator. The dark countertop grounded the unit and added balance to the space.
One unique feature we added to the wet bar was a deep and narrow trough sink that could double as a cold beverage serving area. Our clients were particularly happy with this custom design element, and their guests comment on it frequently. Beyond the “cool” factor, the sink offers a necessary functionality by serving cold drinks without taking up counter space.
The large space provided enough room for a large table and comfortable chairs as well. We covered the chairs with cream leather for beauty and functionality, as leather can handle the spills that always occur during a party. The light colors throughout the space were intentionally chosen; there is a lot going on in the room, and the tonal scheme relaxes the eye and keeps the space from appearing busy.
The bay window offered a lovely opportunity for decorative area. The family owned a large laughing Buddha sculpture, which fit perfectly both in the sense of space and in aesthetics. He represents this fun-loving family perfectly, and adds personality and a conversation piece to the room.
Lighting can make or break the mood of a party – too dark and people can feel isolated, too light and the gathering can feel stark and invasive. We chose the lighting to fit the space, beginning with just enough canned lights to provide overall illumination. Functional lighting was added to the wet bar with under-cabinet lights. Finally, the chandelier was chosen to flow well with the lighting in the kitchen, while supporting the airy, easy feel of the informal dining space. All of the lights are on dimmers so the correct mood can be set for each gathering.
While these clients were fortunate to have a large space to add a secondary informal dining room to their kitchen, many homes have a smaller eat-in kitchen space. The same principles apply to those more intimate areas – create a design that supports the way you live! The designers at Hoskins Interior Design are experts at making the most of every size space. For help with your remodeling or new construction project, send us an email, or give us a call at 317.253.8986.