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Life in the Family Room

by designer Katie Garman

The Goal

Update the family room to a more contemporary style. Design a floorplan that will seat at least 6-8 people. Choose new upholstered furniture to replace existing pieces that have begun to show their age. Add other furniture and accessories as necessary to complete the look.

The Challenge

Blend new contemporary furniture harmoniously with family heirloom pieces and client’s original art.

The Success Story

The clients frequently travel and love to entertain when they are home. Bringing back wonderful stories as well as unique objects from their trips, the family room has a personal energy. The space comes together with two comfortable Miles Talbott sofas in a beautiful blue. Paired with the sofas are an Artistica cocktail table and end table for a clean contemporary look. The clarity and light coming through the glass of the cocktail table really shows off the colorful modern art center-piece. Focusing on a vibrant color palette for the sofas, earth tones were chosen for the Stressless leather recliners and ottomans. Colorful accents are added with floral design throw pillows in brown and blue. The original art, existing pieces, new furniture and accessories combine smoothly. The result is a comfortable contemporary space with an upbeat feel where the clients will enjoy entertaining family and friends.

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Client’s Response

Sue and I had an idea of how we wanted to redo our family room. We heard that Pedersen’s had a good selection of quality furniture to choose from, so we started there. WE were planning a complete makeover, so when Katie mentioned that Pedersen’s could provide interior design assistance, we jumped at the chance. The designer came to the house, took pictures of the present layout, talked to us about our thinking, came up with a plan and presented it to us. We gave them our feedback and finalized the plan. The nice part is that there was no pressure to buy everything new. We integrated many of our existing pieces into the design.
The real excitement came when the furniture arrived and we saw the final result. It was exactly what we were looking for. We’ve had several parties since and everyone was blown away by the new look.It was a great experience for us. We were very pleased with the professionalism of all the Pedersen’s staff from sales to design to the people who delivered the furniture. Great job!

~ Tom

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    Beach style to Arts and Crafts Mission by designer Katie Garman The Goal Make a complete and exciting style transition! Moving from Southern California to St. Helena, the client decided she was ready for a change. Leaving Beach style behind, an Arts and Crafts Mission look was desired for her new digs. The aging driftwood and wicker furniture, with sun damaged fabric, needed to be replaced. The addition of comfortable chairs was desired to provide adequate seating for future entertaining of family and friends. The Challenge Create a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment while incorporating existing pieces smoothly into the new Arts and Crafts look. Choose design elements that will convey the client’s personality. The Success Story The designer’s choice of a soft color palette, mixing with a variety of new wood tones in the mission pieces, compliments the existing furniture beautifully. Two chairs in the main room are covered with a fabulous and colorful fabric inspired by the client’s love of birds. The pattern is playful and a very personal design touch that adds a fun and cheerful feel to the space. These chairs in combination with a Stickley Monterey Mist rug, grouped in front of the cozy fireplace, beckon you to gather and enjoy. The completed project presents a comfortable and welcoming home, with personality, that the client will enjoy for years to come. Share This Project On Client's Response About 5 weeks ago, I became a customer of your fine store, as I needed new furniture for my living room. I discovered that what works in a So Cal beach town doesn’t necessarily translate into other areas. Accompanied by my son in law, we entered Pedersen’s showroom and started browsing. That was when Katie Garman entered the picture, offering her help if needed. Not only was Katie helpful, she answered all our questions and pointed out some of the services that Pedersen’s provides. Most important to me was that Katie was never pushy and never put her own tasks ahead of mine. Katie Garman brings her considerable knowledge and enthusiasm to every aspect of her job. You sense that she loves what she is doing. To conclude, Katie has made my experience at Pedersen’s extremely rewarding.~ Ann Davis View Projects by Katie Garman
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    Life in the Family Room by designer Katie Garman The Goal Update the family room to a more contemporary style. Design a floorplan that will seat at least 6-8 people. Choose new upholstered furniture to replace existing pieces that have begun to show their age. Add other furniture and accessories as necessary to complete the look. The Challenge Blend new contemporary furniture harmoniously with family heirloom pieces and client’s original art. The Success Story The clients frequently travel and love to entertain when they are home. Bringing back wonderful stories as well as unique objects from their trips, the family room has a personal energy. The space comes together with two comfortable Miles Talbott sofas in a beautiful blue. Paired with the sofas are an Artistica cocktail table and end table for a clean contemporary look. The clarity and light coming through the glass of the cocktail table really shows off the colorful modern art center-piece. Focusing on a vibrant color palette for the sofas, earth tones were chosen for the Stressless leather recliners and ottomans. Colorful accents are added with floral design throw pillows in brown and blue. The original art, existing pieces, new furniture and accessories combine smoothly. The result is a comfortable contemporary space with an upbeat feel where the clients will enjoy entertaining family and friends. Share This Project On Client's Response Sue and I had an idea of how we wanted to redo our family room. We heard that Pedersen’s had a good selection of quality furniture to choose from, so we started there. WE were planning a complete makeover, so when Katie mentioned that Pedersen’s could provide interior design assistance, we jumped at the chance. The designer came to the house, took pictures of the present layout, talked to us about our thinking, came up with a plan and presented it to us. We gave them our feedback and finalized the plan. The nice part is that there was no pressure to buy everything new. We integrated many of our existing pieces into the design. The real excitement came when the furniture arrived and we saw the final result. It was exactly what we were looking for. We’ve had several parties since and everyone was blown away by the new look.It was a great experience for us. We were very pleased with the professionalism of all the Pedersen’s staff from sales to design to the people who delivered the furniture. Great job!~ Tom View Projects by Katie Garman
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    Contemporary Sizzle by designer Katie Garman The Goal Open up space in the great room by replacing the existing sofa and design a layout that provides easy access and good flow from one area to another. Create an updated contemporary look with plenty of seating for entertaining. The Challenge Choose color and design to support the client’s large collection of Southwest art. The Success Story Providing a welcoming space for friends and family to gather, a creamy-white Century sofa takes center stage. The subtle white on white fabric offers texture and interest without appearing too busy. Vibrant accent pillows sizzle in purples, oranges, and reds. Using the Miles Talbot “Ottoman Options” program, the ottoman was custom designed in a pebbly gray leather. A Feizy rug with a traditional Persian design grounds the space. Two Comfort Design recliners with a Flexsteel table between them are the choice for relaxing and watching the game on TV. The fabric on the recliners pulls in the greens, taupe, warm oranges and grays that are found throughout the room. The result is an inviting and exciting contemporary space that strikes a perfect balance of form, movement and color. Share This Project On Client's Response My husband and I moved onto a new home and needed to furnish the large great room and a den. After reviewing the furniture options at the other local furniture stores, we found that Pedersen’s had a large selection of furniture options for our needs. We were lucky to work with Katie Garman as our designer. She is a very delightful and talented designer who pays attention to details. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and the custom furniture that was selected for us. The installation team was very polite and efficient with the delivery and set up. The best part was that Pedersen’s held the pieces as they arrived, then delivered everything at once. We will be adding a few pieces and look forward to working with Katie to make it happen.~ Patty K., Santa Rosa View Projects by Katie Garman
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    Contemporary Living Room by designer Katie Garman The Goal Replace well-worn and cat scratched upholstery with new pieces that are comfortable and practical for the family’s lifestyle. The Challenge Create a beautiful and comfortable design while choosing child and pet friendly materials. The Success Story The client’s fine art and dramatic fireplace set the stage for a sofa and two chairs in a warm desert tan from the Flexsteel Digby collection. A metal top table with a black base plays off the design of the fireplace. Keeping the kids and pets in mind, Kashmira fabric was the choice for upholstery. Kashmira, known for its durability and easy care, feels like leather but is actually fabric. Accent pillows and a woven throw in hot oranges and gold pull in the vibrant color of the paintings. A Hubbardton Forge pharmacy lamp adds a slender silhouette between the two chairs and creates a perfect place to read and relax. The completed project is a light filled warm and comfortable space to gather with family and friends. Share This Project On Client's Response Our designer, Katie Garman, helped us select furniture for our living room. I appreciated her design experience, professionalism, helpfulness and her patience. Pedersen’s employees from Katie to the men who delivered and set up our furniture are a class act. I love the fact that this is a local furniture company in business for 124 years. They must be doing something right!! Thank you!~ Manny and Carol, Santa Rosa View Projects by Katie Garman
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