a design for family, work, & entertaining
Carrie & Sean Murray are a busy power couple with two growing children. They hired Bone Collective Studio to rethink their 850 square feet main entry to their home to become a place where they would be proud to invite in their friends and family who are often stopping by. The entry way, powder room, dining room, and large sitting room all make up a fluid space where guests enter and feel welcome, thus creating this first impression was an important design concern.
A custom angled walnut screening device was designed to create a separation between the main entry door and the dining area without. The slats allow for site lines and natural light to carry from the frosted glass entry door, while still maintaining a completely separate space for dining. A new walnut dry bar was fitted into the existing bar space with floating shelves and appropriate lighting.
Like an unexpected jewel inside of a plain white box, the powder room was transformed into an chic, hotel-like experience for guests. Walnut again being used in the bentwood mirror while the midnight blue found throughout each space paints the wall and vanity, blending this whole plane into one dark element while the other walls are painted white and filled with a salon style hanging of black and white art in a variety of shapes, sizes, and framing techniques.
The first thing you see after admiring the walnut slat wall is the massive seating area just two steps down. It was designed to frame and flow with the newly remodeled backyard. The midnight blue is once again used to cover the wall behind the 13 foot long custom sofa. Further accentuating the deep blue is a gallery wall full of family photos, which also harkens back to the art covered walls of the powder room. The dark blue, textural rug ties everything back in with the existing cherry wood floors. Across from the midnight gallery wall is the new custom fireplace, clad with a medium grey stacked Arto brick. The concrete hearth runs across the entire length of this wall, creating more seating space for guests to enjoy during events. The thick walnut shelves are embedded between two new walls to give the whole fireplace its own space.
Turn around back to where you entered and on the other side of the walnut slat wall you will find a new smoked glass chandelier floating above a long marble table with black metal legs. The dark midnight blue color comes in again in the plush velvet chairs that comfortably allow up to 10 guests to dine around the table. The mirrors on the wall play with the varying metals and textures in this space while reflecting the walnut slat wall, further creating and cozy nook for dining away from the rest of the open space.
Carrie Murray was one of LA Confidential Magazine’s “Women of Influence” for 2019. She is the founder of BRA Network whose mission is to connect and uplift female entrepreneurs with the support, resources, and networking opportunities they need to grow a profitable business. Another core value of which is that the members hire one another first. In this, she truely walks the walk. She hired me, I hired another BRA member, Courtney Paige Ray, to do the photography.