Anatomy of A Perfect Family Room

Do you remember this Georgian home I wrote about a few weeks ago? Well, I couldn’t let it go so I’ve decided to make that gorgeous family room designed by Sarah Bartholomew the topic of today’s post. Complete with a whole set of reasons why I love it so much and ideas on how to recreate a similar look on your own. You’re welcome 🙂 .

Sarah Bartholomew residence, family room

Set within a classical style home, the interiors of this family room display a traditional feel that is created by paying attention to the interior architecture. Picture frame moldings and built-in shelves are the perfect wall treatment for achieving the classic look,  while the white paint makes everything feel more modern and bright, and better suited for a young family.

The color scheme is kept mostly neutral with the walls and upholstery. Green  comes in with throw pillows, myrtle topiaries and a pair of rattan chairs.


A close-up of the shelves reveals carefully styled antique leather bound books, seagrass baskets, greenery, artwork and corals.


Every well designed room needs a great focal point. A grid made out of copies of antique watercolor bird prints (favorite of many interior designers)  by swedish naturalist Olof Rudbeck creates a powerful yet fun focal point.  A pair of Chesterfield sofas -one of the most comfortable sofas ever made- and a pair of club chairs offer plenty of seating space for family nights. Loving the subtle stripes of  the upholstery.

Sarah Bartholomew residence, family room, seating in bay window


Sconces, table and floor lamps cover the lighting needs of the space. An ample coffee table with clean modern lines offers plenty of room for board games, books and snacks. Finally, layered rugs bring in extra warmth and texture.  If you’d like to attempt something similar in your homes, you can try incorporating some of these items in your décor (Disclosure: I am not sponsored by any of these vendors). Now I must go check out Notre Dame but I’ll be back with posts on Thursday!


pillows // sofa // topiaries // rattan chairs // basket // sconces // bird prints