Formerly a playroom for their children, our clients wanted to reclaim their living room to create a formal seating area with bar for entertaining adults as well as maintain an area dedicated to their kids. The long room was divided in two, using area rugs to designate the spaces. Since the wife is a horse-lover, a large black and white photo of two horses is centered on the back wall between matching shaded sconces. Attention was given to materials and colors reminiscent of the natural environment of a horse farm, with organic elements such as leather and wood and pops of greens, browns, creams, and a warm rust color.
Featured in the “adult” side are two armchairs with studded leather trim (Royale wing chairs) designed by Barbara Elza Hirsch for Dowel Furniture, along with a side table from the same line. In the “kids” section, Barbara used a wicker hanging chair to add some whimsy. A weathered-gray oak bookshelf provides room for toys, games and art supplies, while large throw pillows offer comfy floor seating around the coffee table.