The Family Room

  • Rendering by Katie Mallory
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabric from Ethan Allen
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Leather from Ethan Allen
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Wood finish from Ethan Allen
  • Photo by Katherine Harris
    The striking windows were carved out of the dormer space on either side of the east chimney.

“The family room was an interesting design challenge, but we were able to create an updated custom look to reflect a modern family lifestyle.”

~ Christine Happel, Allied ASID

Tucked away on the third floor of the Blessings’ home, the family room offers a welcome respite from the demands of running a B&B. Interior designers Christine Happel, Katie Mallory, Elsa Dean, and Kacie Westensee wanted to create a private retreat that reflects the historical feel of the home, but feels bright, fresh, and functional.

Challenged by the room’s angled ceilings and walls, small windows, exposed sprinkler pipes, and a prominent radiator, the interior designers chose light, clean materials and pops of color to bring a playful spirit to the space.

They selected comfortable, welcoming furniture and accessories from Ethan Allen, and enhanced the room’s limited natural light with a trio of lamps from Ethan Allen and a pair of ceiling light fixtures from Kichler.

What We Love

The ikat-upholstered Brant chair by Ethan Allen, for the way it bridges the home’s historic past with the Blessings’ fresh, modern spirit.


All products from Gabberts:

  • Carpet by Shaw from INTERSOURCE
  • Light fixture by Kichler from Creative Lighting
  • Window by Marvin Windows and Doors
  • Fireplace from Twin City Fireplace & Stone Co.
  • All furnishings, lighting, accessories, and other items from Ethan Allen

Meet the Designers


Christine Happel, Allied ASID,
Ethan Allen–



Katie Mallory, Allied ASID,
Ethan Allen–



Elsa Dean, Allied ASID,
Ethan Allen–



Kacie Westensee, Allied ASID,
Ethan Allen–
Maple Grove,


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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Master Suite

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Gwyneth's Bedroom

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Andrew Nelson, Andy Blessing

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Cambria stone

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