Window Trappings- part 1

2014-03-10 02.58.22Some windows are dramatic enough all on their own. These at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, for instance, don’t need any accoutrements to increase their impact. In most homes, however, windows typically require enhancement. In the SoMoToHo, as in most residential applications, window treatments of some kind were not only desirable from a design standpoint but also necessary for privacy concerns. As importantly, we needed something to block the sun. Particularly in Texas, you can get too much of a good thing in a hurry when it comes to sunshine. Continue reading “Window Trappings- part 1”

Family Room Rewind – A Comfy Place to Hang

Our mid-century ranch had a wealth of living areas: a “formal” living/dining combination the size of a small ballroom, a less expansive room right in the middle of the house that we ended up using as a library, and the room you see below that we designated as the family room – a place to hang out, play games, watch TV.

6844 Brants 008The family room certainly had the space. The light flooding in from the big windows and the 10′ ceilings (not a standard feature in a mid-century ranch; a sure give-away that this was an add-on)  were a great start for a bright, inviting space, but the floors and finishes didn’t say cozy, warm, and comfy. (If you read the second kitchen post, you already know how we felt and what we did about the floors.)    Continue reading “Family Room Rewind – A Comfy Place to Hang”