FAMILY ROOMBeach Style Family Room, Newark
Pocket doors allow the multifunctional family room to become a private main floor fifth bedroom for weekend guests. Ottomans are used in lieu of a coffee table, offering extra seating as well as surface space and allowing better traffic flow.
The proportionally-sized custom wall unit with strategically placed angles and touch-latch doors (eliminating protrusions) leaves just enough functional floor space for the queen-size mattress to open comfortably.
Photography Peter Rymwid
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AFTER: The living room's light color palette continues into the adjacent family room. "Using the same colors and fabrics throughout the first floor keeps it open and provides continuity," explains Rich. "Each room has its own personality but is also part of a whole." Rich used durable Sunbrella fabrics throughout the house to stand up to wet bathing suits, sunlight and sandy feet. "The true test of a design is to see if it holds up for years after you're done," says Rich.