Classic and Modern Living Room

Designer Lisa Sherry creates a chic living room and sunroom with touches of white.
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By: Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien
From: Lisa Sherry

A North Carolina homeowner turns to Lisa Sherry Interieurs to combine a sunroom and living room into an open, sunlit space with modern touches, all while respecting the traditional architectural features.

Lisa shares how she added a room full of warmth and texture to a home built in the 1920s.

What was on the homeowner's wish list?

The owner wanted to combine the sunroom and living room. I love removing walls, yet still having areas feel separate. The sunroom had delicious light, but it was hidden from the main living room.

We met our goal of creating a better sense of flow by removing the walls on either side of the fireplace that separated the sunroom from the living room.

Modern White Lounge

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Warm Glow

Large windows draw sunlight into the living room, which features a decorative sun mirror as a shiny accent. Photography by Photo Sensitive Portraits

Lighten Up

Layered whites and neutrals brighten the room. Photography by Photo Sensitive Portraits

All In the Details

Gilded mirrors, decorative coral and a ceramic bust add a chic touch. Photography by Photo Sensitive Portraits

Wall of Windows

A flokati rug adds warmth underfoot in the sunlit sunroom. Photography by Photo Sensitive Portraits

Modern Fireplace

Designer Lisa Sherry did not want to strip the original millwork around the hearth. Her modern design encased the traditional surround, protecting it for future use. Photography by Photo Sensitive Portraits

Classic Modern Style

The fireplace features a mix of classic and modern styles. The hearth is covered in leather which adds unexpected texture to the design. Photography by Photo Sensitive Portraits

What was the biggest design issue?

The closed-off sunroom had no heat. We had to address the issue of adding central heat into the room. We also installed wall-to-wall seagrass carpeting and layered a flokati rug for added warmth.

How did you address obstacles?

The biggest challenge was retaining the millwork around the fireplace that was built almost 100 years ago. The fireplace had a much more traditional surround. I love the mix of classic and modern design, but we know that is not for everyone. We were able to encase the original millwork in our modern design so that it can be protected in the event that the design changes in the future.

What lessons did you learn?

I realized that it is important to respect the original architecture of older homes without letting it limit the design. After all, it is also important to love the space you live in. With some creative thinking, you can have both. Creating the mix artfully is key.

What are the hidden gems?

I love small details. The leather-covered hearth is one example. It adds an unexpected textural element that warms the space. The sunroom now is a separate space that is a cozy retreat for reading and allows wonderful sunlight into the living room.

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www.lisasherryinterieurs.com/ High Point, NC 336-885-1546