Nealon Family Room

A Father/Daughter Makeover Success Story

Let’s just say that a flair for home decor was not in John Nealon’s genes! In fact, he would be the first to say that his family room needed a major style boost. “Growing up, our family took the ‘utilitarian’ approach to home decoration. Aesthetics were not a focal point,” he confessed. Living in a charming home built in 1925, he wanted to enhance the preexisting features with updated design. The family room, a central gathering place, was a perfect starting point. Another motivating factor was Sarah, his teen-age daughter. As it turned out, nothing was “signed off” until Sarah put her stamp of approval on it!

Julie Ann commented, “I loved working with a father and daughter team. Creating a space where both feel comfortable was definitely a goal of mine. Adding contemporary furniture to a traditional home was a fun and welcoming challenge!” As Julie Ann always stresses a clutter-free space, removing knick knacks off the fireplace mantle and elsewhere was her first plan of action. Doing so made the beauty of the fireplace, itself, “pop.” Julie Ann chose a comfortable sectional creating more seating space than the previous couch and love seat combined. Together we chose the colors and style of the custom wool rug. With Julie Ann’s creative assistance, the two found artwork to reflect their personal styles. As John explains, “Through this makeover process, I actually learned what art I did and did not like.” A custom designed television stand polished off the room.

Julie Ann infused elements of Feng Shui to inspire good luck and to keep the energy positively flowing for her clients, John and his daughter, Sarah. John remarked, “I am so pleased with this transformation. Julie Ann was so patient! It was a great process for all of us.” The final result is a beautiful family room, a space where both John and Sarah feel proud to entertain friends and family. May they create many warm memories there!

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