“The husband kept saying—and I still tease him about it to this day—‘I just want to place that wows,’” says Barney. “They just really wanted a space that spoke to them as a family and who they were at this point in their lives, more than anything else.”
Per his request, Barney took inspiration from Lenny Kravitz’s Brazilian compound, an eclectic space outfitted in murals and bold photography with layers of wood, leather, and colorful patterns throughout. She swapped out various fixtures and finishes during construction to turn the builder-grade property into a true home.
In the dining room, she commissioned a mural on the wall, meant to imitate a wisp of smoke, and opted for built-in bench seating underneath it to make the large space feel a bit cozier.
From there, the decentralized setup called for structural sconces rather than the oft-expected chandelier, and a custom dining table with an extra-special detail: a steel base that incorporates their initials, T and A, topped with a ten-foot live-edge slab of wood. “That was, to them, to become sort of like a family heirloom,” says Barney. She capped off the area with a NanaWall system for breezy indoor-outdoor living.
Coming from a fairly neutral home, the family was eager to incorporate color into their new space, though Barney was cautious not to go overboard. In the mostly gray-and-white kitchen, she wrapped the island in handmade blue tile and added warmth with custom rattan bar-banquettes, meant to both give the family more places to cuddle up and to reduce overwhelm from the amount of seating as the sight line flows into the open living room.
Anchored by a two-story plastered fireplace, Barney built out the living room around a metallic Bernhardt coffee table. “We wanted something that was conversational and they could sit around and play games if they wanted to,” she says, but at the same time, an unobtrusive piece “that could easily be pushed out of the way if they needed to for hosting or whatever else.”
She continued the color scheme with a light blue CR Laine sofa and bench seating cushioned by an Aegean-toned Schumacher fabric on either side of the fireplace, flanked by caramel leather, wood, and wicker seating. “Bringing in the color lends to that playfulness and just being a little bit less formal, a little bit more approachable and functional for them,” says Barney.
In the primary bedroom, Barney elevated her use of color with a textured accent wall beneath Sherwin-Williams Dignity Blue paint to add architectural interest without disturbing the calm, welcoming environment.
Meanwhile, in the two daughters’ rooms, the eight- and six-year-old offered their own design input, where they landed on navy and rainbow schemes, respectively. To create spaces that could grow with the girls, Barney layered swappable elements, such as plush bedding and funky wall tassels. Underfoot, she used rugs on top of wall-to-wall carpeting to add depth and texture to the space, careful to choose thinner rugs so that they’d lay flat and avoid a tripping hazard.
“I think the overall look and feel is that it’s warm and inviting and cozy,” says Barney. “It’s a good example of how you can make a home feel like a home and be beautiful, without being too cataloguey, dark, not enough life and personality in it. It’s just really creating that personalized space for them without it leaning too much in their personal taste and still really speaking to who they are.”