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18th contemporary family room


The living room was restored to be a bright and crisply appointed space for entertaining and music. The original douglas fir flooring was refinished and complimented by the pale green painted trim.

Photographer: Bruce Damonte

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zuhal81 wrote:
hey great work, how wide is the room? thanx
   Comment   March 9, 2014
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The living room is 15' wide and depth is 13'-6"
March 12, 2014 at 9:40am   
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shyguy111 wrote:
Rug - Hi. Where may I ask did you get the rug from?
   Comment   January 6, 2014
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the carpet was sourced from Tony Kitz Gallery in San Francisco
January 6, 2014 at 10:24am     
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simonhuynh wrote:
Finish for the floors? Thanks!
   Comment   September 9, 2013
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The floor finish is 3 coats satin oil bass polyurethane.
September 10, 2013 at 6:18am   
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RS3 DESIGNS wrote:
Hi, where did you purchase the pianp from?
   Comment   July 25, 2013
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It was our client's piano, sorry I have no idea of its source
July 25, 2013 at 5:04pm   
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mishqui wrote:
how high is the ceiling in this room?
   Comment   February 1, 2013
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It's about 10' high
September 28, 2013 at 7:27am     
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sashblossom wrote:
painting trim - Beautiful painted trim- if you do that in one room, do you have to duplicate in every toom????
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Are you referring to the window and baseboard trim or the beige below the ceiling line? It is not clear if the beige is trim or simply a horizontal stripe. Regardless, the answer is no; you can treat different rooms differently. Traditionally you would do the same throughout but that is not a requirement and I have often used smaller trim in rooms that have a lower ceiling, for example, than ones with a high ceiling, even in the same home.
June 2, 2012 at 7:24pm   
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All trim of this room (front living room) was re-painted with Benjamin Moore #2062-40 "Rain Forest Dew”. (the horizontal line is the original picture moulding)
I would agree that the architectural trim and certainly their paint schemes can differ from room to room. It all depends on the scale of the room, formality of the space, exposure to natural light, window and door types, ceiling conditions, (the Livingroom had a coved plaster transition between walls and tall ceiling) etc.....
Originally the house had at least three sets of moulding profiles, some painted, some stained, and some faux painted wood grain. We maintained and restored the profiles that were salvageable, updated paint, restored the faux, and added less formal trim in the new spaces, all in response to the particular needs and requirements of each space.
June 3, 2012 at 8:43am   
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khadijah8301 wrote:
who makes the carpet and where can i buy it?
   Comment   March 17, 2012
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It was sourced from Tony Kitz Gallery in San Francisco
an awesome resource!
March 17, 2012 at 5:37pm     
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