2015 Design Awards

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Hearth/Family Room Winner


Cozy Up: Sleek tile and modern furnishings make this new hearth room one of the home’s most-coveted seating areas.

When their kids were heading off to college, these homeowners wanted to create a cozy space for entertaining, and they looked to Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative’s interior designer Brandi Bailey for help. Bailey worked to transform a dated multi-purpose room to an entertainment space for friends and family, and she added a sleek hearth area as a unifying focal point.

Before the space was remodeled, it was used as a catch-all area and home to a fish tank, an air hockey table, a drum set and an artist station. One of the debates for the remodel was having a pool table or dining room to accompany the cozy new hearth area, because there wasn’t room for both. But Bailey found a solution to accommodate both homeowners’ wants with a dual purpose pool and dining table. The table has an adjustable height and removable sections on top, allowing it to easily transition from a game space to an eating area.

Bailey worked with the homeowners to meet their eclectic tastes and create a contemporary look for entertaining. “One of the homeowners is an artist and had an appreciation for original and local artwork,” says Bailey.  “I knew they wanted the space to be fairly sleek and modern, so I let the artwork and fireplace be the feature point in the room with gallery-like lighting.” 

While the new hearth area is the perfect space for the homeowners to cozy up and relax on a quiet night in, it also easily transforms into a quiet spot for conversation when the adjoining game area is buzzing with activity. Bailey found a creative solution to combine two traditionally separate areas in a modern and unexpected way, and the homeowners couldn’t be happier with the outcome.—K.J.

The hearth area is located adjacent to a game room complete with a pool table and an expansive bar.

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