28 October, 2013

Monday's Peek at a Project: The Away Room

By LuAnne Silvia, ASID
I think one of the most intriguing parts of our work is understanding how different a space can feel depending on the finishes in the room. I am continually fascinated how colors, textures, and materials can shape the mood and experience of a space. Yes, even though I am a trained designer this still captivates me! I love thinking about how playing with the different elements in our creative tool box play together.
We have a client who purchased a home on a lake largely for the views and the connection the home has to nature. As part of the design team we worked collaboratively on the whole house remodel. One of the goals was to simplify the interiors to provide a visually organized backdrop for the clients traditional aesthetic and antiques while strengthening the relationship to the outdoors. The whole house feels very light and open. The clients wanted one space within their home that would feel quite different. The challenge was in thinking about how we could create a contrast in experience for them while keeping a consistent flow throughout. They desired a space for watching television, reading, and enjoying a fire. An 'Away Room.'
Our concept for this space was to have it feel cozy and be an inviting destination, with an inward focus to support these activities. The architect, Bryan Anderson of SALA Architects designed a wall of built-in shelving to house their book collection and television and updated the previous fireplace surround. We selected tile for the fireplace in deeper earth tones with a small repeating pattern to add warmth. We selected a dark red grasscloth wall covering to add a layer of texture to the walls and make the room feel cozy. The deeper tones in here contrast the crisp white woodwork that is found throughout the rest of the home where it is combined with less contrast and light finishes  creating a decidedly different feel. Here are a couple photos of the Away Room.

The builder on this project is Bob Flynn of Flynn Construction