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Modern Great Room by Pulp Design Studio

Combining Style + Livability

This Modern Great Room was dreamed up by Pulp Design Studios, led by a collaboration of designers Beth Dotolo & Carolina Gentry along with the rest of their talented team. Every well-designed space has to serve a handful of purposes–combining style with liability and comfort, making peace between a busy lifestyle and a preference for uncluttered design, and so on–but this great room in a Seattle family’s home had a very specific set of goals. Created for a young family with a baby and a fondness for modern design aesthetic, the dynamic duo behind Pulp set to work planning a space that served double duty as both a dining room and living room, and combined the streamlined look they loved with a warm, ‘family’ feeling. The REstyleSOURCE team thinks they succeeded with this beautiful end result…..and then some! 

We chatted with Beth and Carolina, who acknowledged some challenges on this project. “The open space plan of the great room can be challenging to design around and still create a sense of separate spaces,” they said. “We wanted the spaces to feel communal, but still have ‘zones’ that would also provide a sense of intimacy. We accomplished this by creating different seating groups for different uses.” Soft upholstered pieces and easy-to-care-for natural hide rugs add a layer of practicality to the space without shouting ‘family-friendly!’, creating a stylish space that can grow and evolve with this young family over the years. Read on for more notes from Beth and Carolina on the creation of this beautiful space, and shop the links at right for a collection of Pulp’s choices and our own coordinating REstyle picks so that you can take this look home with you!


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Designer Notes

Our clients really wanted to focus on the Great Room to start. Our homeowners were the entire inspiration; they wanted things very streamlined and modern while still keeping it all very warm and livable. With their modern aesthetic, they knew they needed help creating warmth and personality among the clean edges–not an easy balance to achieve! We wanted to take their style and lifestyle needs and elevate them to a new level.

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“We loved that our clients came to us with the mindset that great style and livability didn’t need to wait until baby grows up. You truly can have both!”

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We both really love the hair-on-hide rugs. We used a geometric rug in the dining room and it added a ton of needed life and movement to that area. The rugs helped us accomplish a lot of style goals, while being super durable and cleanable for this family with a young child.

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Designer Notes

We pushed our clients to take risk on pattern and color where we could to add warmth and interest. Our clients were initially tentative about certain elements because they were out of their comfort zone. The bold dining room drapery and lighting was a hard sell at first, but ultimately for the clients it ended up being an easy choice and they trusted us to move forward.

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“In almost every case a client has allowed us to do something they were uncomfortable with, that element ends up being their favorite piece in the space!”

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A boutique national interior design firm, specializing in Residential, Hospitality, Commercial, and Multi-Family design, with studios in Dallas + Seattle.

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