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Family and Craft room makeover

Transforming a Sudbury family and craft room.

With aqua, pale blue, green, yellow, and brown tones, the elements of this Sudbury family and craft room are colorful and bright. Interior designer Barbara Elza Hirsch, who runs her own company, Elza B. Design, was contracted by the homeowners to execute the room’s design, creating a flex space with an inviting appeal.

The homeowners have twin daughters and wanted to update their family room and turn it into a space where they could congregate as a family to watch television, entertain guests, and give their daughters a place to work on their art projects, says Hirsch. “This was a very dark space with a lot of woodwork and we completely transformed the vibe of the room.”

Craft area and tv areaInitially, the room had dated paneling, dark and heavy furniture, and a wet bar area and sink, that needed to be revamped. Painting the walls white with the trim and paneling in Sherwin Williams Grecian Ivory, gave the room a warm and creamy color.

The client selected Robert Allen’s vintage plumes fabric, which adds a playful touch. Used for the drapes and several throw pillows, the fabric features peacocks sitting on tree branches scattered with yellow and white buds, filling the room with color and light.

“The color scheme was so fun to work with because it is dynamic and happy,” says Hirsch. “My client wasn’t afraid to incorporate different textures and modern elements.”


colorful and bright craft room makeover

The original media center dominated the room, so Hirsch removed it and mounted the television on the wall, containing the media elements in a slimmer credenza in a light oak finish. A custom-made side table houses a subwoofer, giving the homeowners a media system with external speakers for both television and audio listening.  

An area in the back of the room features an art table, yellow stools, and custom-made built-in cabinetry suggested and designed by Hirsch. “It was a very customized solution, and the built-in cabinets are super functional to tuck away art material and whatnot,” says Hirsch. To keep the storage shelves organized, Hirsch added brown hyacinth baskets in various sizes that tie in nicely with the wood floor, coffee table, art table, and media center.

Custom cabinets in craft room

Existing skylights let in plenty of natural light, and in the evening, an off-white glass shade chandelier with a polished nickel finish illuminates while introducing a contemporary element to the room.

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Photography by Jared Kuzia