Project Tall Pines | A Family of Four from Out-of-State



I've got a new project update for you today! We've been working with some great clients who recently moved from out of state. Their new place is quite a bit larger than their last home, and with their kids now in the pre-teen/teen stage, they were excited to create what they called, "a grown up house with grown up furniture".


For stage one of the project, we're helping out with all three bedrooms (always the #1 priority after a move, since this is where everyone can escape and have their own space), and the living room and kitchen breakfast area.


We also decided to have the interior of the house painted prior to move in, since painting a vacant house is so much easier than one full of furniture. The whole house was very warm initially, with beige walls, orange walls, brown walls, and lots of dark wood trim. We decided to balance out the warm wood trim with a nice neutral, warm white—Sherwin Williams Greek Villa. This brightened up the entire home, and created a lovely neutral base for us to build upon.

We're also updating the carpet throughout the house—always a great idea when you're moving in—to a


Living Room and Kitchen


First up, I'll show you a glimpse at our plan for the living room and kitchen. Here's a quick shot of the living room from the listing photos:




Our plan is to remove the trim and moulding from above the mantel and replace it with drywall in order to make room for a larger Frame TV. The walls have been painted SW Greek Villa, and the carpet will be slightly lighter, and with more color variation. You can see the carpet swatch in the style boards below.


We're also tackling the kitchen furniture, which is open-concept to the living room. Below is a before photo of that space. We're planning for new stools, a new table and chairs, and a new chandelier and pendants.



As for our layout, we're planning for a sofa centered in front of the large windows, two matching exposed frame accent chairs across from the fireplace, a taller wingback leather chair beside the hearth, and a massive rustic wooden coffee table. The layout for the kitchen area is pretty straightforward, with a smallish size table for six and four stools at the island:



Below you can see our style board of the living room with the items we're planning for the space. We went with neutrals, tone-on-tone, black accents, and a variety of fabrics and textures. You'll see this theme play out throughout the home.


For the kitchen, we're brining in the black element with new cast-iron pendants and a modern take on a candelabra chandelier. The bar-height stools have a metal base and a functional faux-leather seat for easy clean up.

Primary Bedroom


The primary bedroom is massive, and the perfect oasis for two busy, hard-working parents. Below are a couple shots of the space from the listing photos. You'll notice the very warm color palate and trey ceilings. The recessed ceilings felt a little excessive to me, so to tone everything down, we painted everything in the space Greek Villa. With the trey ceiling and the regular ceiling now being the same color, that architectural detail feels more subtle and less of a focal point.




In our layout, we'll center the bed up on the far left wall with the right nightstand layering in front of the window. The way it was laid out in the photos made the bed feel squished to one side. This will give us room for a king bed, as well as significantly larger nightstands.


On the opposite side of the room we're creating a cozy sitting area with a smaller sofa and accent chair. The clients we're especially excited about the opportunity to have their own sitting area within their room! Finally, on the center wall of the room, we'll have a dresser with a wall-mounted TV and sound bar. The TV will be on a swivel mount, so our clients will be able to watch from either the bed or the sitting area.

Below you can see the pieces we are planning for the primary bedroom. Again, nice warm, neutral tones with lots of variation in the textures and fabrics.



Teen Daughter's Room


Next up is our clients' daughter's room. She and I met over zoom to talk through her style, and her main style pointers were neutral, minimalist, and plants—a gal after my own heart. Another awesome detail of her space is a Juliet balcony right of her room, for which we're planning a smallish outdoor chair and side table (not pictured).


Here are two shots of her space from the listing:



Again, in this space we painted everything Greek Villa white, which brightened up the space entirely. New carpet is coming soon, as well as an updated ceiling fan/light. The space previously was more of a guest space, so we'll be making her space more youthful and playful, while still mature enough for a young woman moving into her upper teens.


We'll place her bed in a similar location as the listing photo, and add a rustic bench for plants and such at the end. We're incorporating a study area where you see the dresser in the photo, and will have shelving above with a wall mounted lamp to allow maximum use of her desk surface. We'll also at a funk chair and side table so her room feels like a cool place to hang out.


Our selections for her space were largely black metal, white, and warm wood tones. She specifically was interested in a black metal framed bed and also hoped to incorporate a floor length mirror. We went with neutral bedding, again with lots of textures, and added in some slight color and texture in her drapery panels.


Pre-Teen Son's Room


Last up, we're into their youngest child's rooms—yup, you read that right, this lucky kid gets TWO rooms! His spaces are two bedrooms with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom in between. One will be his main bedroom, and the other is what we're calling his "hang out room". This will be for roughhousing with dad, shooting hoops on a door-mounted basketball hoop, and the general shenanigans of a 13 year old.


Our clients hoped for a design that would fit him at his current age, but also be able to grow with him into his teen years. The bedroom needed to have a bed and storage for his larger lego sculptures, and the hang out room needed storage for sports items, clothing, and a comfortable spot to sit. Below you can see our layout for the two rooms:


For the bedroom, we chose a higher, wingback headboard in a charcoal grey with some nice wood accents and a black ceiling fan. His window treatments will be woven wood roman shades, and for bedding, we chose a camel colored quilt with cream accents.


In hs hang out area, we're using framed sports jerseys from his favorite teams as our artwork, and brought in a couple wooden storage pieces to stash additional items. The same wooden shades and ceiling fan will go in this space. Lastly, and the coolest piece, is a curved corner modular sofa for him to hang out and relax.


The Wrap Up


We've just completed the design phase for Project Tall Pines and we're about to move into the execution phase, which is always an exciting time! It's always an honor to help families transition from one home to another, and I'm looking forward to helping these great folks create a home that will grow with them for their next season of life.