Designer Spaces

Power to Simplicity

The goal for this home was to create a welcoming space that offered a sense of renewal as you enter. Designer Sunita Lymburner wanted to strike a balance between ease and elegance, casual and sophistication. Capitalizing on the open concept layout to carry the color tones throughout, Sunita introduced playful blues while still maintaining a neutral feel. In an effort to exude a more simplistic and open feel, she consciously made the effort not to overfill the space with too many furniture pieces, but focus more on the spaciousness of the home. To balance the design style with functionality, two bespoke furniture pieces anchor the sides of the fireplace while serving as storage as well.

A favorite feature in the space is the artwork, especially the gallery in the dining room. It strikes the perfect balance between vintage and modern. The architectural photography creates a conversation piece and also inspires a soft vibe working with the color palettes of the room.

The oversized window in the family room was another beautiful feature bringing in natural light to brighten up the space. Sunita believes that rooms with natural lighting can effortlessly uplift one’s mood and create a sense of motivation. Capitalizing on this, she chose a soft light gray for the sofa and area rug, allowing the natural wood finishes to serve as a contrast. 

The finished space offers a calmness within the home brought forth through the softness of the color palette, the openness of the floor plan and the simplicity of the surround. Simplicity can set the stage for textures, architecture and personality to come through. Good design is a combination of these factors. It goes beyond decorating but is also about ensuring the room has a purpose, serves a function and provides the homeowners with a sense of comfort and happiness. 

When planning a renovation, Sunita advises that you do your research and invest in the proper statement pieces. Your home should be a representation of you. Take pride in it and create a space you will love to be around. Your home is such an integral part of who you are. Invest in making this space a source of joy and comfort. There is simplicity in design and it does not have to be grand to be beautiful. You can strike the balance between beauty and budget! – Sunita Lymburner, Sara Leah Interiors, www.saraleahinteriors.com 

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