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Truly a Great Room

by designer Loralai Wester

The Goal

The client purchased a traditional ranch style home with the vision of a dramatic remodel. Knocking down walls that separated the kitchen, living and dining room, they created a spacious and airy Great Room with vaulted ceilings and craftsman style touches. Using new and existing furniture, they desired the creation of comfortable gathering areas, arranged in a clean and uncluttered look.

The Challenge

Design multiple cozy groupings that create warm and inviting areas for an expansive space. Incorporate customer’s existing custom made mission-style pieces with the new furnishings and give it a fresh look.

The Success Story

Craftsman style built-ins set the tone for a gathering area at one end of the Great Room. Two sofas and a cocktail table, arranged facing the stone fireplace, are a welcoming place to sit and relax, watch TV or enjoy the warmth of a fire. A smaller intimate conversation area creates a clean transition towards the open kitchen, with two comfortable chairs, a small table and a beautiful rug in muted greens. The resulting Great Room offers cozy enclaves for gathering in an airy and uncluttered space.

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Client’s Response

Loralai was wonderful to work with. The design team helped us to complete our beautiful living room.


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    Library Transformation A gorgeous room by designer Loralai Wester The Goal Transform a nondescript family room with a propensity for clutter into a well thought out Classic/Contemporary inspired room that functions as a library, office, and sitting room. The Challenge Design and have built an office system that takes full advantage of the client’s limited space. Incorporate an existing sentimental chair in need of re-upholstering, a classic leather-bound book collection, and a stain-glass lamp created by the client into the new design. Create an informal environment that works for not only reading and office work, but also as a comfortable place to gather with friends and family or read a book. Make the space visually appealing due to its close proximity to the homes entry. The Success Story The result is a space that mixes contemporary pieces with antiques and personal keepsakes in a way that feels harmonious and fresh. A custom office system was designed, built and installed that perfectly suites the client’s needs, including plenty of space for file storage and office equipment. A solid wood bookcase was included to display the client’s book collection and decorative accessories. A classic/contemporary style of office furniture in cherry wood was chosen to compliment the red leather sofa and dramatic art. A favorite chair was re-upholstered in a Stickley fabric and a brightly colored hand-knotted wool rug was added to unite the room. Share This Project On Client's Response Working with Loralai was an absolute pleasure. She was easy to work with, she listened to our needs and came up with a plan that has made our room a place that gives us such enjoyment. She was always willing to visit to see how a certain piece fit in the room. I was amazed at the service provided Pedersens. I am very happy with every aspect of building this room including the service and the timeline. Thank You View Projects by Loralai Wester
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  • Craftsman Great Room in Sonoma County
    Truly a Great Room by designer Loralai Wester The Goal The client purchased a traditional ranch style home with the vision of a dramatic remodel. Knocking down walls that separated the kitchen, living and dining room, they created a spacious and airy Great Room with vaulted ceilings and craftsman style touches. Using new and existing furniture, they desired the creation of comfortable gathering areas, arranged in a clean and uncluttered look. The Challenge Design multiple cozy groupings that create warm and inviting areas for an expansive space. Incorporate customer’s existing custom made mission-style pieces with the new furnishings and give it a fresh look. The Success Story Craftsman style built-ins set the tone for a gathering area at one end of the Great Room. Two sofas and a cocktail table, arranged facing the stone fireplace, are a welcoming place to sit and relax, watch TV or enjoy the warmth of a fire. A smaller intimate conversation area creates a clean transition towards the open kitchen, with two comfortable chairs, a small table and a beautiful rug in muted greens. The resulting Great Room offers cozy enclaves for gathering in an airy and uncluttered space. Share This Project On Client's Response Loralai was wonderful to work with. The design team helped us to complete our beautiful living room. View Projects by Loralai Wester
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    Wine Country Casual A multi-room project by Loralai Wester The Goal Furnish a newly remodeled home choosing quality pieces for the living room and dining room. Design the space with wine country casual style in mind. The Challenge Start from scratch to create a space that expresses the client’s style. The Success Story Choosing a soft palette of blues, greens and cream, the colors extend the feeling of serenity from the garden. A Stickley sofa and chairs in the living room offer comfortable seating for family and friends. Leaf forms on the chairs and embroidered flowers on the accent pillows bring Nature’s imagery indoors. A Jonathan Charles oval cocktail table and a Theodore Alexander set of nesting tables in a farmhouse style parquet adds texture and the warm beauty of the wood. A small end table with a funky rustic edge and a Stuart David Driftwood console adds to the eclectic flavor. In the dining room a Nichols and Stone table and chairs offers a wine country farm table flair. The resulting space expresses a casual yet elegant ambiance and creates an inviting retreat for this family to enjoy every day. Share This Project On Client's Response Our experience at Pedersen’s has been wonderful. We have enjoyed our relationship with Loralai as she guided us through the phases of Master Plan for our newly remodeled home in Santa Rosa. We are very pleases with how everything has turned out, and appreciate the time Loralai has taken to ensure an outcome that we find completely comfortable to our taste. The quality of Pedersen’s furniture is clearly one of the reason we chose to work with them. Thank you to all who have made our transition so enjoyable. We now look forward to settling in and sharing our lovely setting with friends and neighbors.~ Nancy & Chris - Santa Rosa, CA View Projects by Loralai Wester
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    Ready for Champagne! by designer Loralai Wester The Goal Create a beautiful room with traditional elegance and a touch of glamour for comfortably entertaining guests. The Challenge Choose pieces to complement their sophisticated art collection from years of world travel and incorporate an existing Turkish silk rug into the design. The Success Story Inspired by ideas torn from magazines by the customer the designer chose colors, furniture and fabric. Cream, pale green and amethyst combine with metallic gold accents for a clean and rich look. An elegant Flexsteel sofa in creamy white with nail-head trim is the center piece. Two Jens Christian classic chairs in crisp bold patterns and a third in a subtle white on white zebra print bring vitality and freshness to the space. A romantic curved cocktail server offers dramatic flair. The result with gold and glass finishing touches is a stunning space that sparkles. Let the party begin. Share This Project On Client's Response We loved the selection and quality of furniture available at Pedersen’s. What kept us there was meeting Loralai Wester! She greeted us at the front door, listened to what we were looking for and went right to work making magic with fabric and furniture. We couldn’t be more pleased with the finished look of our living room and our experience with Loralai at Pedersen’s.~ Victoria and Alan, Santa Rosa View Projects by Loralai Wester
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  • Dining room design by Loralai Wester and Pedersen's Furniture
    Craftsman Inspired Living Room in Oakmont
    A room comes to life! by designer Loralai Wester The Goal My clients were recent transplants from Oregon to Oakmont. They moved in order to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They shared with me that during their move the U-Haul trailer they were traveling in was broken into and their most prized possessions stolen. They needed my help rebuilding a home that would reflect their personalities and provide a place to be with their loved ones. The Challenge Because we would be starting from scratch, it was important for me to find furnishings that effected my clients on a personal level. Two sentimental item that did survive the trip from Oregon were a couple of beautiful rugs. These provided a great foundation for us to re-build from. We worked together to choose items that would make my clients feel comfortable in their new home. The Success Story The first item my clients fell in love with was a 2016 Stickley Collectors TV Console. It’s inlay and craftsman details were a great focal point for the family room. We chose a large Century sofa in a soft neutral linen fabric with brightly colored pillows that we would find the perfect art work to compliment. A Flexsteel swivel glider rounded out the seating for a room the whole family could enjoy. A set of stacking tables were a great addition to the room which could be used as TV trays for when the grandchildren visited. A Nichols and Stone dining set paired with a Stickley sideboard was just what we needed to link the two rooms together and provide a place for future family meals. Share This Project On Client's Response My husband and I were fortunate to be greeted by Loralai Wester when we first came into Pedersen’s. We told her what we needed and were happy to find exactly what we were looking for. She added a few things that made our rooms really come alive. The furniture is great quality and appearance. We would recommend Loralai and Pedersen’s to anyone looking for furniture.~ Kathie, Oakmont View Projects by Loralai Wester
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