Our Exciting Family Room Reveal with Crate and Barrel

All of the Details and Design Decisions
Amelia Canham Eaton

Since I was little, Crate and Barrel furniture and accessories have always been in my home. As a Chicago-based company, they became a part of my interior design lexicon at a very young age. In fact, pretty much everyone I knew owned Crate and Barrel. To this day, that fact still rings true.

Imagine my surprise (and sheer delight) when I received an email from the Crate and Barrel team about a collaboration for our new home. Turns out, they saw our big announcement on Instagram and the blog! Talk about a dream come true!

Crate and Barrel Family Room

Crate and Barrel has been popular for countless reasons. Sure, they sell quality furniture. Furthermore, the company has fantastic customer service. In fact, Crate and Barrel’s collection can be customized to meet your design style. From modern to contemporary, feminine, traditional and industrial—they have it all!

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Crate Barrel Estelle Shelves

Initial Design Process

After buying our new place, Bob and I agreed no home design decisions would occur without a professional. After 10 years of living together, we struggle with analysis paralysis. It’s no secret I have somewhat eclectic taste – preppy yet feminine, colorful yet classic, romantic yet modern. In our old place, I’d fall in love with everything – a turquoise couch, vintage desk, equestrian prints – the list of mismatched design decisions goes on and on.

Therefore, after closing on our new house, we immediately sought out an interior designer to help. Enter Amelia Canham Eaton. A blogger and influencer herself, she understood the nuances of us trying to refine those styles into our space. Best of all, she and I have been friends for more than a decade. There’s nothing better than working with someone you trust and adore! After sharing the news about Crate and Barrel with Amelia, she immediately went over several ideas and concepts – all of which we loved!

Jennifer Lake Crate and Barrel Interior Design
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Corbett Charisma Chandelier
Crate and Barrel Custom Upholstery

Crate and Barrel Custom Upholstery

During the initial house hunt, we knew that once we moved in, the interior design would start from scratch. We had a few of pieces of furniture we planned to bring along, but none of it would be used on the main floor of the house. Thankfully, the Crate and Barrel collaboration was perfect. The space is very open and flows right into the kitchen, so we knew it would end up being the “hub” of the home. Perfect for all of the timeless options Crate and Barrel has to offer!

Azeeza Pink Halter Maxi Dress
Natural Curiosities Feathers
Crate and Barrel Estelle Shelves
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Crate Barrel Tyson Sectional

Our Crate & Barrel Couch

As you would probably agree, a great couch is the cornerstone of any family room. For our space, there’s one small catch: it’s very rectangular. At 21×16, a couch would dwarf the length of the space. Thankfully, after reviewing Crate and Barrel’s website, we gravitated towards the Tyson sectional.

Then, after navigating their sectional planner, we decided on a four-piece in the vail fabric, snow color, and brass legs. The dimensions were PERFECT for the room (our custom sectional is 141″ long), and it has quickly become the star of the entire space! Equally, the Tyson is comfortable!

Paule Marrot Feathers Print
Arianna Belle Pillows
Crate Barrel Tyson Sectional Couch

Basically, Tyson’s sleek silhouette and clean angles had us at hello. Add comfy pillows and cushions; we were set. Plus, the custom upholstery was a huge selling point. We chose the custom upholstery called Vail, Snow since it’s super versatile, and I love it’s a stain-resistant fabric (for unexpected spills or accidents). That said, there were SO many great neutral and bold options to pick from. See them all here!

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Dress c/o Azeeza

If you’re thinking about investing in new furniture, now is the perfect !time, because Crate and Barrel is having their Upholstery Event from now until September 4th! There’s something so fantastic about a custom, tailored feel to a room – and it always starts with a sofa or sectional.

Armchair Expert

After working with Amelia on the floor plan of the room, it quickly became clear that we needed something extra for the space. Beyond the custom Tyson sectional, we also decided on a pair of the Estelle shelves to flank the picture window. Even with those in place, the layout was still missing something. In fact, it took a couple weeks for us to come to a decision on the best possible solution.

Crate Barrel Cavett Chair

Our solution? The Cavett channel chair and matching ottoman. Plus, the mid-century modern vibe was the perfect contrast to the contemporary design of the family room. Additionally, the fabric name? “Lake!” It’s totally meant to be! This armchair has quickly become Bob’s favorite; granted, it’s impossible to keep him from a comfy chair and ottoman, lol! Lastly, the chair drove the blue stripe wallpaper selection. After all, we knew that wallcoverings would be an integral part of the new house. Also, Amelia’s suggestion of bold stripes was perfectly on target!

Azeeza Pink Gown

Other Crate and Barrel Custom Upholstery Picks

Generally, Bob and I struggle with decision making. Sorry, Amelia! In the same fashion, we struggle with home design decisions. Some Crate and Barrel pieces were cut; it took us a lifetime to pick the final pieces. Finally, I thought it would be fun to include some of them below!

Here’s a link to more pictures. We’re excited to share home design updates!

This blog post was sponsored by Crate and Barrel. All opinions are my own. Partnerships like these make Style Charade possible!

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    Jen Pflueger wrote:

    Hi! The space is so beautiful! I have a C&B sectional that is the same length and I’m looking to mirror your pillow layout. Unfortunately some of the links no longer work. Can you please share the sizes of each? Thanks!!

    Published 2.1.21 · Leave a Reply
    • J

      Thanks for your question! The Arianna Belle pillows are: the floral Ashun Paprika and Blue 20×20 with and the Chay Light Blue lumbar in 14×25. The long center pillow is by CB2, and it measures 36×16. The green velvet stripe pillows are by Little Design Co, and they measure 12×18. The large blue pillows are by the same brand and measure 22×22. More details here: https://www.stylecharade.com/family-room-redesign/

      Published 2.15.21 · Leave a Reply
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    Julie Ryder wrote:

    Hi Jen,

    Love your home – it’s absolutely gorgeous. Where did you purchase those tall, gold birds that you have displayed on your selves? I love love love them!

    Thanks! Julie

    Published 8.27.21 · Leave a Reply
    • J

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Julie! Our interior designer actually stumbled across them at Home Goods of all places! She showed them to us to see if we liked them, and they were just too perfect to pass up!

      Published 8.28.21 · Leave a Reply


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