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The Challenge:
In 2007, interior designer Jann Placentia was brought in to do a partial remodel of a 1947 Magnolia home, focusing on the family room. “We needed a conducive area for enjoying ourselves,” homeowner Lana Davies says. The space had no identity, and Placentia wanted to convert it into a relaxed eating and entertaining room that maintains a sense of continuity with the adjacent kitchen.

The Solution:
To improve flow between rooms, Placentia created a double-sided fireplace with a travertine hearth on the nook side. “It opens up visually to the kitchen but also integrates the kitchen and eating area,” Placentia says.

For maximum light, multiple lighting fixtures, including a pair of sconces and a pendant, bathe the room in warm gold hues. A custom L-shaped banquette upholstered in Perennials “Origami” all-weather fabric sits atop the new exotic hardwood floor. Its easy-to-clean surface is ideal for the homeowners’ young daughter and also for occasional “grown-up messes” such as spilled wine.

Side chairs covered in sumptuous chocolate Ultrasuede provide additional seating, and the expandable wood table allows the owners to comfortably seat as many as 10. “We needed to utilize more of our living space,” Lana recalls. Instead of a single-purpose family room, the Davies now have a room for everything from doing homework to dining to entertaining.

Placentia chose a hand-blown pendant by Steven Dale to complement the sconces.

A floor-to-ceiling fireplace draws the eye up to the vaulted ceilings, making the room feel spacious.

Lee Industries armless dining chairs allow for more mobility and make the seating area feel open rather than restrictive.

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