By Tiffany R. Jansen
A 1951 Purchase home gets a modern makeover fit for a young family.
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This 1951 build in Purchase is home to a young couple with two small children and a couple of cats. When they decided to give the house a family-friendly makeover, they called Jennifer Vreeland of JV Design.
“They’re a very close-knit family, and they entertain a lot,” Vreeland says of her clients. Contractor Anthony Bueti took down half of the wall dividing the kitchen and family room so the couple could entertain while keeping an eye on the kids.
Vreeland transformed an office space off the family room into a playroom, also visible from the kitchen. Dividing the playroom into sections (dress up, reading nook, arts and crafts area) helps keep things organized. A chalkboard wall gives the kids extra creative space while adding a touch of drama to the room.
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Much of the rugs and furnishings were pieces the couple acquired from family, and all were very traditional. The challenge was incorporating those traditional pieces into the midcentury look they love. Vreeland decided to redo the sofa and the kitchen table. For the sofa, she removed the skirt, had it reupholstered, and changed out the feet. The kitchen table, which originally had an iron base, was given a new brass base.
“With restructuring and reupholstering the pieces, I was able to make cleaner lines and less fabric to modernize it a little,” she says. She also added pillows with textured and patterned cases to update the look.
The result is an eclectic, stylish space for the whole family.