A little bit of calm

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Inspired by a visit to their favourite pub, this family contacted Roo St. to see how we could transform their family room using the same colour scheme as the Chetham Arms. Their hectic lifestyle and frequent international travels with work for both parents meant that they cherish the time they do get to spend together as a family so wanted to have a little bit a calm in the midst of all the coming and going.

A room based in the centre of their 1930’s semi, it’s used on a daily basis but was crammed full with all their stuff and with wires everywhere. A good size, with french doors leading into the open kitchen / dining area, the room had all the typical architectural features of a house of this age with chimney breast, picture rails and ceiling rose. The room was quite dark as it didn’t have direct natural light and was uncoordinated as it had evolved through the years as this busy family grew.

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Now they needed a place to chill and spend time together in a relaxed environment after long days at work, business trips, college and school; together as a family or with friends…. somewhere a bit more grown up with plenty of storage to hide all their stuff and the wires of course!


Producing mood boards and sketches to communicate ideas for style, layout and storage solutions, the ideas were developed and discussed. As Rachel had loved the Chetham so much with the scaffolding plank table, we suggested using pallet wood to add some texture and interest to the room… Her voice went a few octaves higher as she said “you mean you want to hang pallets on my wall?” it was hard to explain without a giggle that wasn’t what we meant and she did laugh later saying she just couldn’t visualise things.


Work began by clearing out everything from the room before painting began, then the carpenters came with pallets in the van. They were time consuming to separate but the variety of colours and textures added warmth and personality to the floating shelves and cupboards in the alcoves either side of the chimney breast. We were also able to create channels to hide all the wires leaving it all neat and tidy.


A gorgeous mirror was found at a bargain price as the corner had been chipped but once it had been filled and painted the same Farrow & Ball French Gray as the walls – you couldn’t see the damage. It was positioned on the wall opposite the French window to reflect the light and let it bounce around the room. Throws and cushions were made to update the sofa in a fresh black and white ticking fabric. Treasured items were displayed on the open shelving and quirky lights were added so soften the atmosphere.


The family room is now much more grown up and all the ‘stuff’ that generates from a busy family can be hidden in the cupboard along with the wires!


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