Oct 06
Show n' Tell – Jessica's Family Room

HOME – It’s where your story takes place. This is where we live. My husband and I and our two darling girls, ages 6 and 11. It’s where we pile in at night and watch tv, play games and build the most magnificent structures out of Legos. There are plenty of surfaces to build on, put down a drink, phone, or plate of nachos.You name it, we live in here. This is our Family Room.

The home is a Spanish Revival home. Originally built in 1980 – We did a massive remodel and addition to the home about five years ago. Adding more traditional, neutral finishes and features that will make the home transcend time. The arched opening into the family room is one of the last Spanish features left. I love the thickness of the wall and the sense of entry it creates.

I begin each room with a rug – to me, it’s like buying art. The rug gives a definitive energy to the room, and sets the tone for how the room is used. In this case I chose Thomas O’Brien’s wool and silk Guilded Teal 9 foot by 14 foot rug. It has bits of teal and olive that dance along the off-white background. Then bits of deep brown scattered in sections that give the rug depth.

I chose a massive sofa for this room. it spans 108 inches in width, and is 41 inches deep. We lay on it, sit Indian style on it and stretch out and lounge. This isn’t a Living Room sofa where you are expected to maintain your posture. We puppy pile on our sofa… the more the merrier! I upholstered the sofa in a chunky linen the color of oatmeal – casual, natural, sofa… and comfortable.

I knew I needed to add height to create the illusion that the 8 foot ceilings were higher. I chose a pair of chairs opposite the entry that are forty-nine inches tall. By running a vertical band of leather up the center, it also lengthened the lines of the chair. One other elongating trick is mounting the drapery rods right next to the ceiling. Those long vertical panels did wonders for the room and framed in the magnificent views of the valley below.

I used Oly’s Thor Sliding Cabinet as an entertainment unit. The silvered resin doors add an austere depth and are a bit of throw back. I layered a photo of a horse behind the TV. On more trick to add height to keep the eye from stopping at the top of the TV – just like putting together an outfit, it’s all about the layers.

Some of my favorite moments in the room are:
– Daylight streaming through the collection of Beijing navy vases from Oly Studio.
– The large loosely painted landscape by Chelsea James. I love what it gives to the room – color, life, tranquility. It inspired me to use more purple in the accents of the room.

I filled my room with things that make us happy to look at and that are useful – usually both. Using things that are generally low in contrast allows your eye to move from one thing to the next without much pause. At the end of the day, we all just want to be comfortable, and a big part of that is surrounding yourself with the people and things you love.


[photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat]


I am so in love. The splashes of purple are so inspiring and peaceful. I love how you talk about your home being a place that you live. Everything is so perfect. Thank you for sharing.


Love, love, love!!! And the picture of your daughter (guessing) is so adorable. Everything fits together so perfect. I love the freshness of the room. So livable.


We can order it in for you here at Alice Lane! It is 46.5″ x 46.5″ and is $825. Just give us a call if you have any additional questions.

Nicole Davis

I am so excited to see inside of Jessica’s home! It is even more beautiful than I imagined. Great job Jessica – you are true talent, and I love the way you live with your sweet family of four.

Erica M.

The living room is gorgeous! I especially love the area rug over carpet. I love to see people do that because it seems to be out of the norm. I just did it recently and I think it looks awesome.


I am liking the table lamp in the second picture. Is it available? A very livable room.


We actually don’t carry that line here at Alice Lane – it is a Henredon piece though.


I love your living room. It looks like a great place for the family. Could you please share the details of couch and drapes ( where to purchase, color, fabric). Thanks

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That is the exact coffee table I have been looking for ! Would you mind telling me where you got it? Thanks!


It is an Oly Studio coffee table purchased through Alice Lane but it has unfortunately been discontinued. If you would like us to look for something similar let us know!


I have Amazing Gray walls and I am liking the color of carpet in this room. Do you know what make/color it is?


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