Deconstructed—Engler Studio

In the spirit of the upcoming Midwest Home Design Week (February 16-22), we’re highlighting a few of the talented design professionals participating in the week’s events.

Linda Engler of Engler Studio will be a participating in ASID MN’s Design Live event on February 16, where she and other local designers will guide attendees through the process of designing a room.

Using the mantra of “clean and simple,” Linda and her team transformed this 1930s Cape Cod living room into a colorful, classic, casual, and cozy space.

Although no square footage was added to the living room, the space’s floor plan, lighting scheme, and color palette were majorly re-worked to make the entire space more inviting.

1930s Cape Cod Living Room Before
The living room before the makeover. Photo by Linda Engler

1930s Cape Cod Living Room After
The living room after Engler Studio’s redesign. Photo by Greg Page of Page Studio

Architecturally, a pair of ceiling beams were added to the existing pair to create a coffered ceiling and wrapped all the beams in white enameled millwork. The ceiling was then painted a light blue to emphasize the coffering. A new mantle and gas fireplace were then added to the living room to keep with the era of the home.

When selecting the living room’s colors, Linda used the wool and silk Tibetan rug as a starting point and then translated the rug’s contrasting light and dark hues to the rest of the space.

To finish the room, woven drapery panels were added to offer privacy, while still allowing light to pour into the space. Additionally, the team commissioned a local artist, Edie Abnet through Art Resources Gallery to create a painting to disguise the TV cabinet over the fireplace. A perfect solution for anyone who is looking to integrate a TV into a room without making it the main focal point!

What do do you love about this Cape Cod living room makeover? Leave your message in the comments below.