An empty box of a house, one sofa, and one bed is all this young family started out with when they approached designer Clara Jung of Banner Day Consulting. Along with acquiring all new furniture and decor that spoke to the family’s personality, their functional needs had to be met. Clara’s job of marrying all of the family’s needs was a challenge, but given that the couple was open-minded about the color palette and edgier choices, there was a lot of room to get creative.

Working in the tech industry, the father needed a home office that would work for both his daily tasks and receiving clients. Clara had to also make sure that all of the selected pieces were durable and kid friendly to allow for two young girls to make it their space as well. Velvet upholstery, and plush textures cozied up the grand barebones of the living room. “I focused on sourcing durable timeless larger pieces to serve as a neutral foundation,” Clara adds. She chose pieces made of high quality wood, metals and leather that would age well with time.

The core of the design, however, was the artwork. “I started with the artwork in each room as a springboard to map out the look and feel, especially the living room and family room,” Clara explains. Having studied art history in college, this element of the home was especially important to the mother. The star piece of the whole house is the painting in the living room. For Clara, “it makes a statement in the best way possible.”