For a family with growing children, it can sometimes feel like you have to give up on having stylish spaces in deference to comfort, durability and toys. The good news? With so many advances in paint, fabric and furnishings that help make them nearly indestructible, parents have much more opportunity to blend beauty and functionality.
To best balance these somewhat competing interests on a tight deadline, these new homeowners enlisted Brooke Lang of Brooke Lange Design to help them ensure they made the best choices now that would also stay relevant as their family grows.
“This client, a family of four, were previously in a condo and were now expanding into their first single family home”, Brooke explains. “They really loved stylish furniture, but wanted functionality and durability for their growing family. They also had a very tight deadline: two months to convert a dated house into their dream home.
“For the renovation, their wish-list included a brand-new master bath, brand-new kitchen, finished basement with an office and pool table and new wood flooring on the first floor.”
This timeline and magnitude of change would put fear in the heart of many designers, but Brooke was courageous and it paid off.
“We ended up completing all of that and adding powder room, kids’ bath and family room upgrades. Then we furnished the whole house. The client loved the space and hosted their first Thanksgiving just a few weeks after move-in.”
Window Treatments: Blinds.com
Our goal is to stretch our clients’ vision and expectations to appreciate something they haven’t seen before. We push against the norm while simultaneously elevating the taste level to create a one-of-a-kind result. Brooke Lang
“Keeping in mind that there are two small children living in the house, I wanted to create a look that was fresh and contemporary, but approachable. This included making recommendations that had a premium look but were also sturdy.”
Lighting: Joss & Main
One space where design preferences needed to be tempered was in the kitchen. “The client requested all white with Carrara marble countertops, but after discussing her family’s needs for functionality, we decided on white, durable quartz countertops that had grey veining to resemble marble. Then we added light blue subway tile as a contrast to all of the white. The kitchen feels timeless, with a crisp finish.”
New on our list of favorite things are these counter stools from HomeGoods. They make a statement in the kitchen with their bold textural design.
“My favorite part about the renovation was the master bath. The existing space had a separate area for the toilet and shower, which made it feel small and closed off. We took down the walls to create one large bathroom with a sliding barn door. We anchored the space with honed gray marble floor tile and added an oval soaking tub under the window. Truly a relaxing sanctuary!”
Bathroom Mirrors: Crate & Barrel
We take pride in knowing that we’re contributing to designing spaces that people will live their best lives in for years to come. Brooke Lang