Designer Mara Malcolm uses a bold color combo, mix of patterns, and eclectic accessories to turn a catchall room into a chic, feminine space
“Jill lives in a house full of boys,” designer Mara Lamb Malcolm says of her client, on-the-go real estate agent Jill Childers. “As the mother of three young men [as well as stepmother to a daughter and son], she needed a space that was only hers, a place to get away from the guys to simply read, watch TV, or enjoy a glass of wine with girlfriends,” Mara says.
Luckily, Jill and her husband, Joe, already had the space in the form of a catchall room, where Jill says she often folded laundry. The area had been a porch at one time but was enclosed in a previous renovation. Jill and Joe turned to Mara—who also happens to be responsible for introducing the now-married pair—to help revive the aesthetic and breathe new, inspired life into the room. “It was pretty bleak but had such potential because of its location right off the kitchen and the fact that it had its own adjacent half bath,” Mara says….