ABOVE & BEYOND
Tight on time but big on creativity, a talented designer refreshes her home’s main floor to achieve a space that fuses classic style with fashionable flair.
A designer updates her main floor to achieve a space as timeless as it is trendy
“Madness!” That’s what designer Sarah Walker says drove her to expand her living room makeover into the nearby dining room and kitchen.
The ambitious project is one she took on as part of a One Room Challenge, a biannual online design event that involves transforming an entire room within a strict six-week timeline. “The living room is open to these spaces, so they really read as one,” she says. “I wanted the finished product to feel cohesive everywhere you looked.” It was this realization that led the intrepid designer to extend the scope of the update to the entire main floor. Luckily, the dining room and kitchen required relatively minor finessing, as they had recently been redone. OPPOSITE It may look like a million bucks, but the kitchen bookcase’s styling is a lesson in creative DIYing. The evocative artwork is actually an inexpensive print that Sarah (pictured) augmented with black paint and had framed. The resourceful designer also covered her collection of cookbooks in graphic wallpaper for a unified look.
Flanked by Mid-Century Modern armchairs, the stunning living room sideboard is actually a dresser, which homeowner and designer Sarah Walker chose in order to maximize storage space for her sons’ toys and books. “I love how the flower artwork above it really pulls everything together and acts as a beautiful focal point for the room,” she says.