Makeover Takeover: A Bright, Family-Friendly Bungalow

The FamilyMeet Berkeley, California-based couple Brittany and Mike, and their adorable daughter, Zahara. The busy family loves spending time together in their gorgeous bungalow, but they find that their “multi-use” living space isn’t quite as multi-use as they would hope (as many young families can probably understand!). Our designers took over this fun-loving family’s space to reimagine it with plenty of room for everyone!

Take a look below to see how we transformed this young family’s home in no time at all, then use the tips to freshen up for your own space!.

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Makeover Takeover: Before

The Setting

Our fabulous family lives in a 100-year-old bungalow in beautiful Berkeley, California. The home is filled with art, refinished furniture, and plenty of stations for creative play.

“This is an extension of Zahara’s room,” Brittany told us before the living room transformation began, “but I still want it to be somewhat of an adult space.” We hear you, Brittany!

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The Solution

With just a few simple (but impactful) updates in mind, we got to work!




Rather than attempting (and likely failing) to corral kid-clutter to one area in your home, try integrating it into how you live your life.

Use nontraditional containers as “toy boxes” in common areas to keep loose toys tidy (like the bowl under the coffee table), or incorporate kid-friendly pieces into the room’s design, like Zahara’s amazing teepee from Pottery Barn Kids.

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To give the family’s walls an updated feel, we installed a simple gallery wall to display a unified collection of gorgeous typography artwork, including our eye-catching Type Key Chart Framed Print and Type Key Framed Print. While not all gallery walls need to be thematic, the theme in this case is a nice unifier that makes the collection of artwork seem more cohesive.

Want to add to the collection? Print and hang your own black and white photography to stick to the black-and-white color pallet, or go for photos with muted tones and continue with black frames for consistency.

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Who says you can’t have a busy family and a gorgeous white sofa? The trick: Slipcovers. Aside from being easily cleanable (and even easier to put on or take off, thanks to our revised design), slipcovers give you ultimate design versatility; order a new cover in different patterns or colors and change the look of your room in minutes!



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The next time people say that leather furniture is too masculine, or that it’s best-suited for bachelor pads, show them this room! The rich aged-patina of the Raylan Leather Armchair leather is the perfect design foil to the more relaxed sofa, and leather wears beautifully with both pets and small children (and it’s forgiving to the occasional red wine stain… just saying).

Watch the fabulous transformation unfold below, then get the look for yourself!

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Get the Look

Feeling inspired to get Mike, Brittany, and Zahara’s look for yourself? Just hover over the images below from the family’s room refresh and plan for your very own Makeover Takeover!



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