Southern Village Modern Eclectic

Catherine French Design was hired last year to help this busy Southern Village family update their home, showcase some of their favorite pieces, and to bring balance and warmth to a house full of three kids, two busy doctors, and an au pair.

Catherine French Design - Southern Village Modern Eclectic Living Room

Every project needs a starting place, and the priority was the living room. The center hub for this busy family originally felt off-balance and lacking in warmth and a consistent color palette. We stepped in to layer in smart storage solutions (like this custom ottoman!), family friendly fabrics, and multiple surfaces for drinks, books, artwork, and conversation.

The kitchen opens to the living room, so we introduced a new more modern and sculptural ceiling fan and kept it up high for optimal television viewing pleasure while cooking or sitting on the new swivel bar stools. Cookbooks moved to the console behind the sofa for a fun pop of color and to create more storage space in the pantry.

We then incorporated the main design concepts from the family room into the front of the house for consistency and flow from the entryway, into the office and formal dining space. We layered in a show-stopping sculptural light fixture with vibrant art and rugs to emphasize the modern eclectic design aesthetic of our clients.

To keep these spaces cohesive and connected, we juxtaposed the more traditional wooden family heirlooms with contemporary white furnishings and accessories.

The bonus room also got a major facelift as a hardworking family friendly space. Our task was to create a flex space for watching movies and work out videos, sleepovers, playtime, and music and games. We created new storage systems in the closets and media areas for workout equipment, toys, and books. The drum kit got a prime spot next to a new sectional with a pull-out bed. A moveable, extra-large beanbag completes flexible seating needs for multiple people.

Love what you see? Need some help pulling your space together? We’d love to meet you for a consultation or afternoon design session and take on your design challenge. Reach out to us at

All images were styled by the Team at Catherine French Design, LLC. All photographs were taken by J. Sinclair Photography.

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 Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, and beyond.