Rivera Home Reveal: the Study (a.k.a Our Favorite Room In the House!)
The Rivera’s study is honestly one of my favorite rooms in the entire house! Right off the entry, living room and kitchen its a part of the first level of the home while also being neatly tucked away. While before it was dark and seemed to serve no purpose, now it is organized and filled with peace. Despite the awkward layout of the room we were able to find pieces that perfectly fit the room, taking care of the family’s storage needs. The textures and materials that we choose are cohesive with the rest of the home while also being unique to this space. Best of all, the Rivera family is thrilled; using the space on a regular basis to study and play.
THE FUNCTIONAL NEEDS:
STORAGE: Since we removed a good deal of storage from the living room, I knew that we would need to have some in this space. With the Riveras homeschool, sitting around their kitchen table, they needed a place on the first floor where they could store and easily access their homeschooling books and supplies.
LIGHTEN UP: Between the big wood piano, the gray walls, and the minimal light, this room was feeling a bit forgotten when we first saw it. I knew that we would need to lighten things up using furniture, decor and lighting (especially if it was going to be a kid's space!).
A PURPOSE: Before we came along there was no real purpose to this room. The piano that was in there had been given to the Rivera’s by the previous home owners and had been sitting in the same location for the past five years! The multiple openings, angular walls, and small foot-print made using this room a challenge.
When drafting the floor plans, I worked over and over to see if I could squeeze a small settee or accent chair in this corner. The narrow width and angled wall made it pretty much impossible (scroll down to see what we put there instead!).
THEIR STYLISTIC WANTS:
WARM & INVITING: If you had to describe the Rivera’s in a couple of words these would defiantly be it. While the living room was all about comfort and hospitality, we wanted to bring those warm and inviting vibes into the study, a space that would be for the kids to study, create and play in. We planned on doing this through use of furniture, a fun rug, etc.
WORK SPACE: When coming up with design plans for the study we presented two options: one, being that we build a custom desk counter the length of the wall with two floating wood shelves above, similarly running the length of the wall (like this). The look would be clean and streamlined, providing ample storage, work space and seating; however it also require the work of a carpenter and time. Since Jon was scheduled to be leave in a few weeks we went with option two which was two have a desk and chair centered between two tall book-cases.
STORAGE: The bookcases that we sourced provide excellent storage for the Rivera’s books and homeschool supplies! We decided to have some exposed storage and some that was tucked away.
NEUTRAL WITH POPS OF COLOR: As you can walk through their home you’ll soon pick up that the Riveras love gray but are also all about a pop of color! They wanted to carry that into this room, maintaining the brown wood floors and gray walls but inspiring interest through the furniture, window treatments and decor. Since it is such a small room, we decided to keep the furniture, area rug, and wall art neutral while letting the books and plants energize the space.
TEXTURES: This room really shines due to the amount of layered texture that we have going on. The key? We were consistent with the materials that we used: wood (as seen in the desk and bookcases), metal (this playful caddy), and woven pieces (such as this rug, the woven baskets and mirror). All of these helped to warm up this room, making it cozy and inviting.
ARTWORK: Making sure that we were honoring the family’s core values, we used art work that they already owned and which brought the focus back to Christ. The only addition in wall art that we made here was the addition of the mirror. It serves many purposes: adding a bit of playfulness and warmth to the wall; while also reflecting light back into the room.
LIGHTING: You saw the before images…it was a little dreary! But with the addition of light-colored furniture, consistent textures, a mirror, and pops of greenery we were able to breathe life into this space! To take things a step further the Riveras do plan on adding recessed lighting and new flooring in the near furniture.