From Shabby Chic to Transitional Style

Mary and I first met in 2003 when I designed her great room the first time. Although she loved that design, as years went by a new remodel of the first floor started the ball rolling on new furniture too. We went from Shabby Chic to a timeless transitional look.


While it is still a great gathering spot for her large family, her needs changed over the years. Cozy reading spots for the family and young kids turned into more seating to accommodate grown-up kids with friends and spouses.

Design Plan

The angled leather Kaden sectional is the anchor in the room. We chose to use a complimentary sofa in fabric to add a little warmth & variety to the room. The deep pile, multi-color shag rug invites you to come to sit by the fire and plays well off of the original Sticks end table. The beautiful colors are a nice contrast to the newly refinished floors.



Since the kitchen changed too, we decided a taupe gray maple dining set would be a fresh look. We used Sunbrella and Crypton fabrics throughout the space to be very easy to live with and clean.
The office was a fun project that we did to surprise her husband for Christmas. We chose a beautiful watery teal fabric that let one person read while the other used the desk. The custom rug was designed to go with the chair in the perfect size for the space.
Her husband loved the room and I think the first floor remodel was a huge success! Each area has its own personality and the furniture flows beautifully off of the paint color palette of taupes, teals & ocean blues.

Avatar About the author: Laura is a Senior Designer at by Design, having worked here since 1992. She graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Interior Design: ” I’ve always felt that your home and your room should reflect your taste and lifestyle, no matter the scale of the project we work on. If I’ve done my job well, you’ll find yourself feeling “at home” in your new surroundings… and hopefully we’ve had a lot of fun along the way.” | Laura’s Page