Warm ‘n’ Toasty

Neutral shades come to life with artful textures and fabric patterns — perfect for the chilly days ahead


A. Traditional Oriental rug, Stark showroom, Michigan Design Center, Troy (similar options available); B. Farrow & Ball ‘s Pavilion Gray (featured on wall in room); C. Tigris velvet woven fabric (featured on pillow in room), $246/yd., thibautdesign.com; D. Classic Cord pendant/mercury glass globe, Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com; E. Cayhill end table, $799, Arhaus, Troy; F. Small Moroccan leather pouf, $299, West Elm, Birmingham; G. Candlewick Abstract Labyrinth pillow cover, $39, West Elm, Birmingham; H. Embellished Deco Contours pillow cover, $49, West Elm, Birmingham

Martin Bell and Jane Synnestvedt
Portrait by Carla Waterhouse

Interior designers Martin Bell and Jane Synnestvedt, right, of Jane Synnestvedt Interior Design in Birmingham, designed this gathering space for entertaining and family time. “We kept in mind that children and adults use the space,” Synnestvedt says of the family room in this Birmingham home, explaining why the designers selected materials that are child- and pet-friendly. “We went with Crypton fabrics (based in Bloomfield Hills) for the sofas and the swivel barrel chairs (only one is shown); they’re both beautiful and functional,” Synnestvedt says. As for the colors the designers chose, it was all about cozy hues that welcome throughout the year — and especially in the fall and winter. “The calming color palette (of browns, tans, grays, and blacks) flows throughout the home,” Synnestvedt says. Warm lighting, a metal-and-wood material mix, and nature-inspired art evoke comfort. The furniture and its placement also creates a warm, welcoming feel: “The swivel chairs can be directed toward the conversation area or the TV (not shown),” Synnestvedt explains.

Room photo by George Dzahristos


A Stark rug to ground the space, gray paint, a Visual Comfort art light, and Regina Andrew nesting tables round out the look of this family room. Note the pretty Thibaut fabrics for pillows.The armoires were sourced from Revelation, while mirrors are from Curations Limited.