Barbara Izzo ~ September Designer Spotlight

BIzzo140x187Barbara Izzo has been designing homes for decades and never tires of the challenges that often come her way.  Quiet and determined, she makes her way into her clients’ homes and hearts as she works her magic for them.

Barbara is extremely tactile!  She is passionate about fabric textures and how they can be used to create a feeling of comfort and warmth in any hue.  Color is a very personal part of the design process.  Working with clients to help them express their ultimate desires for any given space brings Barbara’s natural abilities to the forefront.   Creating a space that pulls everything together is the goal.  Of course, ‘form always follow function’.  Going back to that age old, tried but true phrase always brings the right results.

This project was enjoyable from start to finish!  This space, although quite large, did not seat more than 6 guests comfortably.  The family enjoys entertaining, especially during the holidays and needed more seating and a better layout.  The black floral fabric was dark and out dated.  Keeping the wall unit was important to the client but it needed de-cluttering.  The large Kitchen and Eating Area windows  needed to be brightened up.

“Before” Family Room
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“Before” Family Room
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“Before” Family Room Cabinet
“Before” Kitchen

Updating to a soft, calming neutral paletee provides the homeowners with a much brighter, happier place to hang out.  A very large leather sectional sofa grounds the family room as it is configured to provide ample seating and lounging. An abstract gray and tan wool carpet, along with the whimsical fabric on the draperies, warm and lighten the space and give it presence.  The addition of two comfortable wing chairs brings more seating into the room and allows for reading and quieter areas as well.

Fam Rm new4

The wall unit was an absolute must to keep in the space but it was overcrowded with books and photos, no longer holding a television.  By closing the center doors and deliberately placing the right scale items on the shelves, Barbara created a much less crowded feeling.  Now when you see the wall unit you are pleasantly surprised at the interesting items on the shelves.

FR cabinet

Whimsical fabric on the cornice in a scallop design brightens the comfortable kitchen eating area. The same cornice design is used above the kitchen sink area.  The fabric plays nicely to the whimsy on the family room drapes.

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Accent pieces are placed around the room and on the large marble fret table in the center of the family room.

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Light and airy yet fully grounded is the feeling in this very comfortable space.  The family has plenty of room to stretch out in now.



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