While open floor plans are very popular (and rightfully so), they often leave a homeowner asking one question: How do I create different spaces within, that have a true purpose and function. This client, a young couple in their 20’s, that reside in a lovely home in Society Hill had that exact question. The space itself had the potential, and they had already choosen wonderful furniture for the space as well. The inherit problem being there was no differentiation between the spaces. They wished to have the first room upon entry to be the casual TV room, while the room beyond would function as the formal sitting room for entertaining by the warm fire. The two rooms flowed together seamlessly with no variation in texture, design, or aesthetics.
The simplest, but possibly the largest impact on the space was the new cased opening. It physically denotes the change from the casual to the formal space, while still visually connecting the two rooms. Within the formal sitting room, we really wished to appeal to the homeowners’ transitional style. Custom wainscot panels were installed throughout the room creating an air of elegance. Above the wainscotting you will find a luxorious grass cloth wall covering. As for the fireplace, it received a new, custom mantle, as well as a Calcutta Gold Marble surround and Black Absolute hearth. To your left as you enter the space, you will notice their new one-of-a-kind drybar that we designed and built 100% in house. It features LED lights inside, which provide plenty of light, while never heating the drinks within. The center panel drops down to form a countertop on which you can serve your drinks. It also features a soft close mechanism to ensure that there is no slamming of the doors and rattling of the contents within.
The sitting room has also been integrated with a Sonos system and in-wall speakers. Sonos is a multi-room audio system that allows you to "play the same song in every room with perfect synchronicity or simultaneously play different songs in different rooms." Sonos can play your entire music library, as well as internet radio stations & other music services, such as Rhapsody and Pandora. It is easily controlled with a Sonos controller, iPhone, iPad or computer. Finally the upgrading of the lighting greatly enhanced the space. We also updated the trim kits on the existing recessed lights, as well as adding additional fixtures. The new chandelier and wall sconces provide the eloquent finishing touch. This room no longer lacks a separate identity from its counterpart and is a formal sitting room that anyone would be proud to have guests visit.
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( Photo 1: Before, Photo 2 & 3: After )