When you think of a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, visions of rich leather, heavy wood, animal skulls and western art probably pop in to your mind. When one of Shauna's good friends came to her to update their family ranch, we knew that finding the perfect balance between the western ranch aesthetic and a fresh, modern look would be a challenge we were anxious to dive in to.
The first space we tackled was the family room. A wide, open space that originally held a seating area and a dining table. We had other plans for a dining room (more about that later), so there was an opportunity to create a second seating area for afternoon cocktails, card games or just good ol' conversation.
I mean....wow! Right? We switched out the heavy leather furniture for a light, bright sectional from Restoration Hardware. Their Perennials performance fabric means you CAN have white linen at the ranch and not worry about mud or red wine or marinara sauce stains.
We also added this great cocktail table, also from Restoration Hardware (similar here), but kept the homeowners rug and that amazing antler chandelier to maintain the ranch vibe. Custom pillows in cobalt blue mohair, and simple, colorful patterns and stripes provide a rich contrast to the white sofa and are still comfortable enough for an afternoon nap.
In the new cocktail area, woven rattan chairs also from Restoration Hardware surround an antique Indian chakki table that has been topped with embossed leather to create a cocktail ottoman. The rustic console table from Four Hands fits neatly between the windows with two newly upholstered stools tucked underneath for easy additional seating. Of course, it's not a ranch without a cowhide here and there, so this seemed like the perfect spot. The homeowner is an avid collector of art and objects so we were not lacking for amazing pieces to style out shelves, tables and walls.
For the kitchen, we wanted to continue the open, bright feel and also give the homeowner a place to showcase her collections. We chose white cabinets and countertops and oversized white subway tile but the wood accents in floating shelves, cabinet detail and the range vent create that warm, rustic feel. And remember the dining room that we eliminated? Well what used to be a fairly unused sunporch is now a bright and colorful dining room.
Seriously, y'all. This has to be one of my favorite before & afters. It's still obviously a ranch but modern and bright and colorful (but not too much) and homey. These chairs were ones the homeowner already had so we just reupholstered them in a yummy blue velvet and floral print from Schumacher. The stacked wood console table by Noir again keeps that wood/nature theme going. Simple jute rug from Dash & Albert is easy to maintain and allows the colorful chairs to pop. Chandelier from Suzanne Kasler has leather buckle detail.
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