Suburban Newark Family’s Home Accommodates an Active Lifestyle
According to plan: when improving their Newark home, the Andersons take their time and do it right.
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The first item on the master plan was making over the Andersons’ family room. The space already offered the benefit of a large, stone fireplace flanked by built-in cupboards. But seating was problematic. A petite sofa and love seat didn’t provide the casual comfort required for family conversations. “It was good furniture, but it was too precious for a family room,” Bartron says.
The solution was to relocate the pieces to the living room, a place far better suited to their scale and formal design.
In the family room, the Andersons brought in a big, inviting sectional sofa, slipcovered in deep tan microsuede, a fabric that is soft as a teddy bear, yet tough as a grizzly.
“We can launder the slipcovers in the washing machine and they come out looking great,” Kathy Anderson says.
A super-size coffee table provides plenty of room for snacks and games. The distressed wood finish is an ideal match for an active family.
“I can’t tell the difference between the dings from the kids and the dings that are supposed to be there,” Kathy Anderson says.
The Andersons enlarged the passageway between the family room and an adjoining sunroom to enhance the flow of natural light. A soft palette of sandy beiges and earthy browns unifies the open floor plan.
A bit more formal than the family room, the sunroom also serves as a grown-up retreat for Kathy and Gary, a place where they can relax on upholstered chaises, share a drink and take in lovely views of the woods.
Bartron designed an ottoman to serve as both an occasional table and a place for the Andersons to put their feet up. The custom piece combines the rugged good looks of leather and the refinement of dressmaker details. Antiqued brass rivets accent the pleated skirt.
An informal dining area bridges the space between the kitchen and the family room. Bench seating makes it easy to find a place at the table for impromptu guests. The rustic wood table also expands to accommodate a crowd.