Over a year ago, Kayla’s sister discovered that her 5-year-old son was severely allergic to their home. The culprit was a white mold infestation that had quietly consumed the lower half of their ranch-style house, including nearly all of their furniture. Traumatic, right? But after the panic subsided — and most of their belongings were thrown out for trash — the family decided to embrace the challenge and breathe new life into their living room...Now an avid AT reader, Kayla’s sister enlisted our help to create a space that felt more like “them” while addressing the awkwardly long horizontal layout of their garden-level living room. It all began with a dark leather sofa, a brighter color foundation of Ben Moore’s Gentle Gray, and a new fireplace.
It was essential to establish different visual zones to break down the overwhelming hallway feeling. A simple bench cushion, plant life, some accessories and artwork transformed the end wall into a focal point, switching the emphasis from “long walls” to “lovely windows.” Furniture around the TV angles inward to create a cozier feel, while the landing strip sits proud to the opposing stairs. An additional side chair and artwork anchor the desk to establish a dedicated office area next to the fireplace.
Because they had to purchase everything from scratch (on top of paying to de-mold the house), the space has been a slow work in progress for nearly a year. We may have started the ball rolling but they picked it up and ran with it, creating a room that is totally "them." We know the space will only continue to layer and grow along with the family in the years to come. Great job, guys!