Tudor balance / by Bonnie Achariyakosol

 Cozy layout and a mix of textures create a warm family space.

Cozy layout and a mix of textures create a warm family space.

I always joke that interior design is cheaper than marriage counseling... although I'm not too sure that’s actually true.  But it pokes fun at the hardest part about couples putting their personal stamp on their space which is that people can love each other and really rock at doing life together... but start talking modern vs traditional and you'll strike down to the core!  I love being the guide on the journey so that everyone gets a taste of what they like so they can truly see themselves reflected in their home while still seeing their partner there as well!  I'd love to say this is the story of this house, but honestly it’s just the story when it comes to design.... but this is the story of this house!  Wife loves modern, husband loves old world.  

This couple moved into this amazing Tudor from an uptown condo when their family grew by one!  After a few years of living with their past furnishings, they grew tired of how nothing from their condo really fit this space!  They had some unique items (I'm talking to you awesome fish side table and vintage record cabinet!) and some sentimental art work that a beloved family member created.  They met with me once they had some selections in mind and I worked with them to fine tune the details so that the space would work as an entertaining space when adults were over, but also be a cozy home for a young family. 

 Distressed leather and wood are ideal for family spaces they will experience a lot of abuse!

Distressed leather and wood are ideal for family spaces they will experience a lot of abuse!

I think every room deserves a little richness and some great contrast. The crisp white curtains against the deep leather couch are elegant and welcoming. If the coffee table need to be used for crafts…great! Pull up a Union Jack and get down to business.

 Hello original brick! We won’t be painting you!

Hello original brick! We won’t be painting you!

The rich detail of this Tudor home lend a LOT to the design so we highlighted the gorgeous leaded windows and cream brick with the perfect griege paint color. Pops of red and light blue make sure the room isn’t too serious.

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This is really a family home, so the concrete table top is ready for homework and take out as well as a nice glass of wine with friends. I love its slick surface in contrast to the woven window shades and original crystal chandelier.

 Charcoal grey chairs will surely hide the mess of daily life with real richness.

Charcoal grey chairs will surely hide the mess of daily life with real richness.