A Playroom is Redesigned to Become a New Orleans-Inspired Cocktail Lounge

The 1970s home remodel in Steamboat Springs has a moody palette
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Originally from New Orleans, the homeowners of this Steamboat Springs abode wanted to bring a touch of southern style to their redesign. Taking on the show-stopping project, the team at Rumor Designs wanted the home to feel as if it were plucked from New Orleans.

Katie Burnet, the head designer on the project, was very selective with her choices, ensuring they properly reflected southern interior design. “We chose true brass finishes for most of the plumbing and the cabinetry hardware, a nod to the specific look we see in traditional Louisianna,” says Burnet. 

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The cocktail lounge itself packs the biggest punch of southern charm. “The room features traditional wainscotting, a coffered ceiling with contrasting wallpaper, brass library lights, deep green and walnut cabinetry and tufted club chairs upholstered in chartreuse velvet,” says Burnet.

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The most eye-catching feature of the entire home redesign was the peninsula fireplace. Layout-wise, the living and dining rooms were separated distinctly with a floor-to-ceiling wall. In order to not go too far into an open-concept design, Burnet knocked down the wall and used the fireplace as a point of separation between the two rooms. “The 3-sided fireplace can be seen and enjoyed from many areas. It’s even a focal point from the kitchen area,” she says. “It helped blend the remodel into the 1970s build.” 

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When drawing ideas for the southern-inspired remodel, Burnet had her homework cut out for her. “I wasn’t as familiar with the regional design elements,” she explains. “I looked to what my clients loved most about living in the south.” Ultimately, she settled on a warm yet soft take on modern decor, which incorporated bold textiles and wallcoverings. 


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