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Interior Design by Spazio Rosso // Photograph by Keller & Keller // Originally published by Boston Home

I know I JUST finished a MAJOR renovation and addition but I can’t help but dream about phase three- much less daunting and expensive (but still expensive, you know what I mean), we hope to turn our sunroom into a family room. We spend SO much time out there in warmer months and really want to have that space to be the place we watch TV and hang out.  This would leave our current living room as a more formal space OR we could turn it into a big formal dining room, which we don’t have.

My number one wish for this space is to vault the ceilings and use reclaimed wood beams.  I have dreamt of a space like this FOREVER.  If I can add skylights in there too then WOO HOO.


The second thing we want to do is turn our fireplace into a two sided one so it faces both the living room and family room.


And tons and tons of windows!!!!


This space has the feel I’m shooting for.


Here is our current first floor plan so you can get an idea for where it is and the flow.
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You’ve seen what it looks like now in my book- totally not useable in the winter or any cold months as there is no heat and with sliding doors and screens that NEED to go (one screen has a big Oliver-shaped hole in it…)


Image by Michael Partenio

This is the back of my living room fireplace, which would be the other side of the two-sided gas fireplace.

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Image by Michael Partenio

Here’s a SUPER DUPER rough sketch of my thoughts on the space- we’d knock it down and rebuild about 3-4′ deeper and about 4′ wider, turning one of my living windows into a french door to match the existing one on the other side.

Here’s my little idea board for this space, basically just a major upgrade to what we have there already!
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1. Reclaimed beam ceiling and shiplap/ tongue and groove walls and ceilings.

2. Built in tall narrow wood stack nooks flanking the fireplace (even though said fireplace will not use wood…)

3. Oval window on far wall above wall of windows for a little extra somethin’ somethin’.

4. I still love my Peter Dunham Fig Leaf pillows so I would keep them. A classic pattern.

5. Fuzzy, big taupe fur pillows.

6. Ceiling fixture (I love this one and have used it for a couple clients and now want one of my own!)

7. Reclaimed beam mantle for above fireplace.

8.  Tufted leather ottoman.

9. Etched brass tray for ottoman.

10. White, super comfy slipcovered sofa.

11. Side tables.

12. Woven modern chair.

13. Area rug.

14. Glass lamps for side tables.

15. Sheepskin for woven chair (too make it more cozy).

16. Herringbone wood floors stained to match current floors.

17. Spindle chair cushion fabric.

18. Spindle chair in white.



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