Room at a Glance
What happens here: Reading, visiting, board games and Lego play
Size: 120 square feet (11 square meters)
Designer: Cynthia Soda of Soda Pop Design
The room is right off the entry, which Soda also refreshed. “I used a round rug because it invites you into the space more than sharp corners would have,” she says. “It also meant that we could push the seating area out toward the entry just a little bit to invite people in.”
Her clients knew they wanted two comfy chairs, a big ottoman, and shelves and cabinets for lots of storage. They also loved the idea of a statement chandelier. “I like to play with scale, and this chandelier is great because it’s bigger than anyone would expect,” she says. “Even though attaching all of the little crystals was painstaking, it was worth it.”
Chandelier: Niche Decor; chairs: DwellStudio; rug and pillows: Loloi Rugs; ottoman: Elte
She recommends taking inventory of everything you want to store and display before planning your shelves, paying particular attention to what you want to conceal. In this case, board games, toys and lots of Lego sets are hiding behind closed doors and drawers beneath the built-in shelving and bench seat.
She also knew it was crucial to find a good woodworker who could make her vision come to life. Brent Colclough of Colclo Custom Woodworking installed everything she’d drawn with only a few small revisions.
She added cabinet boxes within the composition to make the shelves more interesting. “My clients can have fun with these; for example, they can paint them different colors if they ever get bored.” For now, there’s already plenty of color from the family photos, books and favorite accessories. “I like to spread family photos out rather than grouping them so that each one can be appreciated,” she says.
The room is open not only to the hallway but also to the family room, so she chose colors that complemented and coordinated with that room. The accent wall adds contrast to the white millwork.
Paint: Street Chic (accent wall) and Chantilly Lace (millwork), Benjamin Moore