January 25, 2022

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House Beautiful Whole Home 2021: The Jewel Box

Tasked with designing a media room within the House Beautiful Whole Home in Fredericksburg, TX, but not wanting to settle for a typical ‘screens and seats’ layout, husband-and-wife duo Heather and Matt French of French & French Interiors added multifunctionality and cozy energy to this space by incorporating guest room elements. By adding a hidden pull-out bed, a guest bathroom, an attached closet, and lots of inviting spots to sit down, the designers elevated this hangout space from a boring media room to a welcoming, multi-purpose ‘chill cave.’ aptly named The Jewel Box.

The Designer: Heather and Matt French of French & French Interiors

The Task: Design an aesthetic and cozy yet bold and vibrant, dual-purpose media/guest room for playing board games, reading books, watching movies, and spending time with loved ones.

The Inspiration
: Texture and color are at the root of all designs for French & French Interiors - which is evident when you step inside and take in the striking, bold green colors. For this space in particular, the designer couple drew inspiration from family-centric ideas. “I hope it becomes a space to disconnect in order to reconnect,” said Heather. Designing with family in mind, Heather and Matt dreamt of a space where kids could make great memories, bring their friends over, and truly enjoy their home.

Don’t miss the…

  • Photography print art by Field Studies Editions, which uses anthropological images and gives back to the tribe communities shown in the prints
  • Canopied daybed with a hidden underneath trundle
  • Curved-back, comfy sofa - perfect for curling up with a good book
  • Closed-off storage to hide board games and extra sheets

Spot Architectural Grille in…

  • Custom HVAC grilles - vent covers feature perforated pattern #202 Grecian made from satin brass with a clear lacquer finish

Curious to explore the rest of the Whole Home? You can either pick up a print issue copy of the October/November 2021 House Beautiful magazine, or subscribe to get an immediate digital issue! For a behind-the-scenes look at how each room came together, don’t miss the House Beautiful YouTube series Blank Slate.