I’m so excited to reveal the finished Court House Project on SMP Living today! If you’re new to this project, you can catch up on the action with the introduction (and before photos) and design boards posts. For everyone else, I’m so thrilled to share the final product. As you can probably tell from the timeline of my blog posts, I completed the project before I started sharing it on the blog (something I learned from the long and drawn-out Tye Street Project), so the design board didn’t change in the execution. It was so exciting to see the space come alive with the colors and textures of the furniture and decor, and the finished space feels like a casual summer retreat with a dash of Palm Beach chic!
(Photography by Kevin O’Gara for Thou Swell)
Make sure to check out the full gallery of this modern pool house makeover on SMP Living. What’s your favorite part of the room?
I’m excited to share this decor preview of the court house project this week! If you missed the project introduction, you can read up here. In order to create a multi-functional space, I broke the room up into two sections to create a dining area and a seating area. My clients also wanted the sofa to provide ample room for TV watching for their whole family, so a large sectional took the place of an arrangement of a smaller sofa and chairs. Because of the smaller space, a banquette provided a cozy but space-efficient way to seat many people in the corner of the room. It also brings lots of light and color (and more comfortable seating with Sunbrella fabric) to the edge of the room. We kept the sectional neutral, but brought in a little color with the throw pillows, and some sparkle with the faceted side tables. The console adds a contemporary touch, and I love the way it invokes the feeling of clapboard siding without getting tacky. The rug plays with a greek key motif, unraveling it in a geometric border that feels both modern and traditional, and is for both indoor and outdoor use, so it’s perfect for summer bare feet!
Although the Tye Street Project isn’t complete, I have a new project to share with you! The thing is, this project is much smaller than Tye Street so I’m hoping to share the finished result by mid-July. The Tye Street Project, on the other hand, is taking its sweet time and won’t be ready to share until the end of the summer (it’s getting so close, I’m just finishing the last room now)! But back to this new project. The Court House Project is really a pool house, but it was built by a tennis court so it’s called the court house. More than anything, it’s a carriage house, because it includes a little kitchen and bedroom, and I had the absolute pleasure of re-imagining the living space in the house, a spacious room that includes the kitchenette. As you can see in the before pictures below, the floor is terracotta tile (it was built in the 80’s), walls are an off-white, and there’s lots of wood trim. But the great thing about the room is the light – it has a dutch gable roof (glass on either end) and lots of windows!
I wanted to brighten the space and create a casual, comfortable, but sophisticated space that accommodated both sitting and dining. The obvious design-route to take would be blue and white, and while there’s nothing wrong with a little blue and white, I didn’t want to space to be predictable and I wanted to incorporate a mix of elements that added a little bit of the unexpected, while keeping it casual. Ready to see the before pictures?