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Refreshing a Reading Room

Recently, our client requested MEB Architects to freshen up their stuffy library for their historic 1920’s formal French home into a comfortable room to read and relax during the day.

Our Challenge:
The existing painted French casework and paneling had become old, stale, dated and lacked warmth. The formal mantel was too feminine for the client and was not deep enough to hold accessories. The plan’s many entry points, central location, and smaller size created furniture placement problems.

The Solution:
Faux painting the paneling with wood tones provided the warmth and contrast to the new furniture and accessories while also being the most economical solution. The fireplace mantle and stone surround were recreated to be functional and masculine. The custom, open-back settee allowed for a larger conversation grouping without shielding the fireplace. A fresh take on traditional pieces – custom wing back chairs and settee grounded by a geometric rug provide a soothing contrast to the existing traditional French detailing. The chocolate velvet and cream fabrics are unified with the family room by the green accents.

The transformation of this comfortable room is on display in our collection of photos.



Michael E. Breseman Architects, Ltd.   ●   847.845.4000