There’s nothing quite like a fresh coat of paint to freshen up the interior space of a home. Couple that with a furniture plan that allows for multiple conversation areas and an eclectic mix of furnishings and appointments that feel collected over time, rather than assembled all at once, and you have the recipe for the perfect living room. That’s precisely how the homeowners whose living space is featured today feel about their recent renovation project. With the expert guidance of Roger Higgins, principal of the eponymous firm R. Higgins Interiors, and Meredith Mills, his assistant designer, this living room has been dramatically transformed to suit the aesthetic and lifestyle of the current residents.
When the homeowners purchased this West Meade home in 2003, they were fortunate to buy from the original owners who built the home in the 1950’s. It had been lovingly maintained, but as you can see from the photos below, the decor, while appropriate for an earlier era, felt out of step with the new homeowner’s furnishings.
I’ve had the enjoyable opportunity of seeing this home morph through several design iterations, as the family are dear friends of mine. And over the last few years, they’ve slowly made big changes to the flow and design of their home that have made their space not only current, but immensely livable and beautiful, to boot. This is a credit to Roger and his talented team, who make it their priority to truly understand their clients’ personalities and predilections. When asking my friend what she likes most about Roger and company she said, “I feel like Roger and Meredith have taken what they know about my family and have created a plan that is as functional as it is beautiful. We’ve worked together for many years now, and I like this latest living room project best, probably because I’ve learned to trust Roger’s judgement. He respects our priorities and goals, and I can see that as I stepped completely out of the way this time and put my trust in his ability to translate our needs into a great design, the end result is exactly what I wanted.”
Roger notes that the couple had several goals in mind: They enjoy entertaining and wanted to create a space where many people could gather for the evening. Adding extra seating was key. They also wanted to recreate the feeling of a library. They liked the single set of bookcases they added to the room when they purchased the home and wanted to build on that feeling. Knowing this, Roger drew plans for a second bookcase that would add symmetry, an element that is central in all of his designs. See how the room was transformed in the next photos:
What the homeowners love most about this space is that it’s turned the old joke about living rooms being the least used room of the house on end. And, it’s so inviting, comfortable and functional, all the members of this family find themselves gravitating here more than any other room of their home. I think that’s what I’d call a good design.
Many thanks to R. Higgins Interiors and the homeowners for sharing this beautiful project with StyleBlueprint. And thanks, also, to Jammie Preston for today’s photographs.