remodel women's den living area with exposed ceiling beams and trusses, and original built-in storage bench
Photo: Joe Schmelzer

After: Multipurpose Living Space

Sometimes a living room is for more than just conversation. For poet Karen Harryman, it is her workspace, a spot for her musical family's jam sessions, and a place to entertain. Unfortunately, the existing room "felt dark, dirty, and heavy," says Karen, and had a cluttered and cramped seating area, a beat-up desk for her writing, and an unappealing color palette.

Shown: A lighter color palette unifies the now open space. The family's instruments double as decor.

Designer: Kyle Schuneman, Los Angeles, CA
General contractor: Mark Aller, Malkoe Design, Los Angeles, CA; 323-301-6613
Paint: HC-7 Bryant Gold (reading nook) and HC-17 Huntington Beige (window wall), Benjamin Moore; Benjamin Moore
Pillows: Crate & Barrel
Art over mantel: Kudu Voodoo (oil on canvas), by Rachael Harryman, Los Angeles, CA
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