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Before: family room

After: kitchen

After: breakfast area

Before: breakfast area

After: family room

Before + After: Interiors

Designer Pamela Harvey revamps a kitchen/family room in Reston with warmth, functionality and flair

“The clients wanted a comfortable feel and didn’t want everything to look brand new,” says designer Pamela Harvey. “They already had much of the furniture, so we added interest with throw pillows, art and lighting. We mixed metals and tied the spaces together with black elements.”

Then Now
The kitchen and family room lacked connectivity, with an obtrusive wall and angled peninsula separating the two areas. Much of the kitchen was tucked behind the wall. The breakfast nook had little appeal. The wall and peninsula have been removed and the kitchen reoriented to face the family room. A built-in banquette, Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs and custom shades add charm to the breakfast nook.
The family room focused on a dated, boring fireplace. A combination of wall-to-wall carpet and terra-cotta tile clad the floors. A sleek, floor-to-ceiling slate fireplace wall with a rustic wood mantel takes center stage. Stained-oak floors connect both spaces.
Neutral fabrics, mundane art and dull lighting choices made the family room an uninviting spot. The family room beckons, with vibrant pillows on the neutral sofa, eclectic art and eye-catching Visual Comfort lighting. A custom concrete coffee table anchors the room.

Interior & Kitchen Design: Pamela Harvey, Allied ASID, NKBA, Pamela Harvey Interiors, Herndon, Virginia, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Kitchen Installation: Carrmichael Construction, Oakton, Virginia.

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