less lodge, more earthy-modern


meet the newest project: A family friendly space with a need for comfortable seating and some warm colors. Our clients got a steal of deal on this place. Twice as big as anything else in their budget, they jumped on it knowing it'd take a lot of work to make it home. Great layout, great light. Great great great! The only minus? Not exactly the style they are after.

The 'lodge' aesthetic is hard to ignore with all the cut logs everywhere but they don't want to do the expected woodsy thing. It would be very expensive to replace them and a mistake to ignore them hoping they'll fade in somehow. Personally, I think they add character, I like anything that makes a home different from the next. We'll take the emphasis off of them a bit with the right colors, accessories and furniture.
It will be fun to play up this couples laid back style. Our meeting to discuss fabric selections was unlike anything I've experienced as a designer. They didn't change one fabric anywhere. {And they've already painted the rooms the colors I selected with out hesitation} I'm feeling spoiled.

The great room will have a more formal seating area at the front of the home using their existing furniture. We are designing the family room at the rear of the home, adjacent to the kitchen. Seating is important with 6 kids and lots of entertaining.

And then there is the artwork. The hardest part for me is picking someones artwork for them. I want them to do it. I don't want to pick something that just has the right colors for the room. I want it to mean something. It really, really should.


  1. IF I could afford a designer, it would definitley be you! I like the logs, too, but agree that an all-out moose-filled lodge theme would a little retro lame. Can't wait to hear out it develops.

  2. If you did an artwork for them it would mean something to them. Too bad you don't have 48 hours in a day. My family room centers around your diptich I stole from you. :) Love it :):)

  3. One day I will pay you to make my house beautiful.