A Calm & Cozy Woodside Retreat

A Modern Remodel for a Family of Four

A Calm & Cozy Woodside Retreat | A Modern Remodel for a Family of Four | Interior design by Alden Miller Interiors | Photo by Joseph Schell | Family Room Inspiration | Modern Family Room | Modern Sanctuary | Family Room Layout | Interior design inspiration | Living Room Design | Modern Living Room | Couch Design | Living Room Inspiration | Modern Seating
Photo by:
Joseph Schell
09/19/2017

For many of us, our needs for our home change over time. What we originally used our spaces for when we first moved in, may alter as our lives evolve, especially when kids are in the mix. And that was exactly the case for this growing family of four. Since their young children turned school age, they wanted to start entertaining more. So they enlisted Alden Miller Interiors to reconfigure and modernize their existing space – making it optimal for entertaining guests while also being comfortable for family time.

“Home to a family of four in Woodside, California, the goal of this modern remodel was to connect the residence to its beautiful surrounding environment, while developing functional spaces that emphasized entertaining, relaxation, and family time”, explains Alden Miller.

“With the youngest of the homeowners’ two children enrolling in school, the couple found that they had more time for hobbies and entertaining. This was wonderful, but also introduced new design challenges. The original living, kitchen, and dining space had fantastic movement but was too small to serve as a functional space for entertaining. In the front of the house, a larger room was better suited for having guests, but its location in the entrance of the home made it feel too transitional in nature.

“Reimagining the layout and furnishings of each room, we were able to redesign both spaces to cater to the family’s formal and informal needs.”

Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell

Alden Miller and her team chose Beetle Chairs by Gubi for both the game table in the living room (above) and in the dining area so that they could have matching chairs at large dining events. 

Photo by:
Joseph Schell

This Blu Dot storage bench is topped with a beautiful Brentano fabric cushion and provides extra seating in the living space.

Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell

The L-shaped sofa in the living room was custom designed by Alden Miller, clad in Chivasso by JAB fabric, and built by Lucarini Upholstery.  

Photo by:
Joseph Schell

Alden and her team resurfaced all of the cabinetry and finishes in the kitchen, creating a modern look that fit the aesthetic of the rest of the updated home.

Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell

Providing warmth and ample storage, the stained oak media console in the family room was also custom designed for the space.

Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell

In the little girl’s room, the built-in features large storage drawers, purple back-splashed book shelves and a beautiful window seat perfect for reading.

Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell

The owners’ bedroom is a serene retreat. Alden and her team created elegant floating bedside tables painted in Benjamin Moore’s Yorktowne Green.

Photo by:
Joseph Schell
Photo by:
Joseph Schell

With their use of organic textures and clean lines, the Alden Miller team created a calm and cozy family home with a layout perfect for entertaining guests and spending quality time!

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Meet the designer Alden Miller of Alden Miller Interiors
Bio:

Alden Miller founded Alden Miller Interiors in 2011 on the principle of Design for Living. The firm relies on the core philosophy that a home is not a showcase. It is a space where dishes are washed, faces are shaved, and pillow forts are created. Alden believes that every home is filled with its own rituals, and that the rooms we inhabit should perfectly fit the function of our daily lives.

The team at Alden Miller Interiors sets itself apart by focusing on the practical Science of Design. All projects start with an understanding of the mission and essence of the space that is being created. Inspiration comes from the distinctive qualities of the individuals who will live there. Working outward from function in a way that logically flows from lifestyle, homes are crafted into highly functional and inviting spaces. Alden places emphasis on natural materials, quality lifestyle and original details. Along with planning and critical evaluation, her team collaborates with clients, artisans and craftspeople to create beautiful homes.

What is your Modern Sanctuary? What space brings you peace, comfort, and joy?
An environment that encourages you to live the life you want to live. Many don’t realize that our surrounding can have a direct affect on our day to day.
What is your design process?
Part of the challenge of good design is creating beauty within the constraints of architecture, cost and the client’s taste. However it’s just as important to create a space that flows logically with one’s lifestyle. I work outward from function because interior design starts with the need to live in your home.

My process of designing is highly collaborative and naturally evolutionary — there is a gradual development as new concepts and choices build upon previous ones. While moments of inspiration are key, even magical, a well designed home is brought into existence mainly through the quality of the design process, and the quality of relationship between designer and client. Both of these are deeply influenced by the experience of the client. Amazing designs lead to happy clients, but happy clients also lead to amazing designs.
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