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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Zen Modern

Hey, hey...hey! To introduce myself as a design consultant to the blogging world, I welcome you into my home! Last year, my husband and I decided to renovate the lower level of our 2 story home. There were 4 rooms downstairs: family room, playroom, office and a bathroom/laundry combined. The lower level did not get much light and the playroom and office were cramped small spaces.
Life can be stressful and I wanted a destination where I could immediately feel good!

I asked myself, how can I achieve this goal?

1. I want a Zen Modern feel inorder to decompress:
A pallatte of serene-earth tone colors and patterns (gray-cream-slate blue) were selected to soothe the soul. The porcelain woven like flooring continuously flows from one space to the other. Gray modern couches with chaise lounges from Room and Board frames the family room and a creamy dense and plush handwoven rug underneath the couches from West Elm. My toesies never felt so good. I added a fountain and put it in the corner so I can hear water as I lay my head on my mongolian gray pillows. Ahhh Zen!

2. I want more light:

To get the feeling of the outside coming in, I sliced the existing foundation wall down 18" and installed large windows along the back wall. On the weekends, I sit on my couch and enjoy a morning cappachino as the morning light pours in the space. I feel like I am a part of my backyard now. The family room space feels so much bigger now.

3. I want the feeling of open space without addding square footage

The old office and playroom is now combined into one large space now for the kids. I kept the same materials and flowed it into their space. A lower ceiling due to a duct allowed me to add a light cove. With a blue tube guard, the kid space transforms into a lounge for when they are all grown up!

4. I love my bathroom! Goodbye laundry machines, hello shower with river rocks! The floating toilet and vanity are set infront of a dimensional limestone wall.

I accomplished all of my goals and love my Zen modern space!

Next time, I will be posting questions and design tips.



  1. Hey M,
    I want to install a fireplace in my Family room with a modern look? How can I do that without a chimney?
    Thanks, Anna

  2. Beautiful space. I like the layout, the furniture and the pillows. Also, the toilet is very cool. Very nice space.

  3. one night im going to sneak into your house and steal that rug!!!


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