Modern Refresh {Before and After}

Here at Catherine French Design, we love a good challenge. We were approached last year by a great couple here in Chapel Hill with two small kids.  Who were moving into a new home in Southern Village. With them came a large, contemporary brown leather sectional that they wanted to incorporate into a design for their new space. Inherited with the house was a metallic tiled fireplace. The goal was to elevate this room aesthetically while keeping it kid friendly, relaxed, and functional. Challenge accepted! Welcome to this Modern Refresh project.


Before and After Photos - Before - Modern Refresh - Cat French Design

Welcome to the before. When we first came on board, the first step was to measure and document the existing space. From there we worked through several different layout options, discussed flow, needs of the kids, needs of the adults, and specific functions needed for the space. The size of the existing sectional dictated many of the layout options, and it was quickly determined that the client was happy with the current location of the sectional, but wanted to update all of the other elements in the space.


Before and After - After Photo - Cat French Design

We replaced the tired and worn swivel chair with one in a new blue leather to match the new blue hexagonal rug. The Alfa Italia media center stayed streamlined and contemporary but incorporated extra storage for all of the electronic systems with added height and display space for books, boardgames, and family photographs. Textured draperies were hung as well to bring the eye up in the room and to balance the visual weight of the existing sectional.

Living Room Update - Cat French Design


Afterwork and Console - Modern Refresh - Cat French Design

The lighter tones of the media unit and drapes lighten the space and bring balance to the other side of the room. We placed artwork, a table lamp and a plant on a console by the stairs. Two bins below provide an opportunity to stash mail, dog leashes, and stray toys, keeping surfaces clean and clutter-free.

Installation and Styling - Modern Refresh - Cat French Design

One of the best things you can do to truly refresh your space is to spend a little time on styling. Layering in pillows, mugs, photos, artwork and lighting make the space feel personal and finished. In this progress shot, Courtenay and I are working through the finishing touches. She’s adding in pillows and throws in different patterns. While my third trimester pregnant self is adding family photos to the bookshelves.

Modern Refresh – Finale

Living Room Styled - Modern Refresh - Cat French Design

Are you ready to give your living room a modern refresh? Need help in figuring it all out? That’s why we are here. We are hear to make your life easier and provide you an amazing look! Give us a shout at and we will book you today.

Want to see other projects we have completed?  Check out these posts: Boston Glam, Orange Crush, and Art Deco Scandinavian

Catherine French Design is a team of interior design consultants based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We have provided residential and commercial services in North Carolina and along the Eastern Seaboard.