When it comes to renovating a home around the needs of a family, style must meet function in a synthesis of beauty and form. Such was the case with Raj and Lee Patnaik, a young couple with three children, whose suburban residence in Brentwood, Tennessee, was in need of an update. The family had bought the 1981 house six years ago and occupied it long enough to see the ways it needed to change to fit their lives. They hired Scarlett James, the principal designer at The Mix Interiors, along with a builder and architect to reimagine the home around two main focuses: opening up the existing spaces for hosting while also fulfilling Raj and Lee’s other priorities. “The couple loves to entertain, so we wanted to create room for both parties and everyday life with three children,” Scarlett says. “The home had a fantastic lot, location and good bones. It just needed the updates for modern life.”
“We wanted the living room to be kid-friendly but still feel sophisticated,” Scarlett says. She covered the floor with a vintage Oushak rug and had the ceilings coffered to add architectural interest. “We also added about 12 feet to the space so it could accommodate a large group,” Scarlett explains.