By Anna Kocharian

Published on November 3, 2015

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text by ANNA KOCHARIAN
photography by SEAN LITCHFIELD
interior design by  CHANGO & CO.

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With only 10 weeks to pull off a full home remodel, the designers at Chango & Co. had to form a plan to incorporate a slew of changes in a limited amount of time. With minor construction work – painting, removing moldings and trims, and simplifying the layout of the living room’s fireplace – they transformed the home into a colorful space filled with life and style. Take a look!

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The whimsically delightful dining room features 250 life-sized pineapple decals, meticulously installed in a vibrant pattern.

An intricately carved dining table features a gridded composition with wood inlays.

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WHAT INSPIRED THE MAKEOVER?

The family purchased this Westhampton Beach home as a summer residence, and were looking for a family-friendly escape. When it came to decorating this space, we looked to the children for inspiration.

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The breakfast spot (or informal dining room) was treated with candy-colored hues. We dressed the space with two chartreuse toned lanterns from Mexico, and paired them with a white lacquered table, straw bench, and bubblegum mint chairs.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE REDESIGN?

The best part of this project was the family we got to work for. Since this is the third project we’ve done for them, we had complete freedom to interpret the home however we wished. I love the element of surprise that comes with that level of trust. I also loved designing the spaces for the kids. Their smiles afterwards were priceless.

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We painted the kitchen white and added leather pulls to the cabinets for a more refined look.

WHAT IS ONE THING EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE?

I think every home should be a reflection of the people who live in them, and so it should be filled with the things they love.

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We kept the living room simple with light, seafoam green slipcovered sofas, custom made macrame chairs and a raffia-wrapped coffee table. The neutral palette of the space allowed for a bit of a respite from the otherwise highly stimulating spaces of the house.

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The master bedroom is without a doubt the most neutral spot in the home. It’s intended to be an adult retreat, tapping into the vibrant colors of the home in a soft and discrete manner.

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BEFOREHOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE OVERALL AESTHETIC OF THE HOME?

Fun, filled with life and joy. It’s a celebration of color with a lightness of being.

The second floor of the home holds the kids’ rooms, playroom, and guest room. It took four designers, three laser levels, and three days to install the gridded, plus sign decal on the slanted walls of the room. In the end, it was worth every second! Our goal for the room was to have fun with the space, and to create an area the kids would love being in. We installed four custom-made, French-piped mattresses on the floor, which can be converted into beds for last-minute slumber parties. The pillows were handmade and embellished with colorful pom-poms and tassels.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE OVERALL AESTHETIC OF THE HOME?

Fun, filled with life and joy. It’s a celebration of color with a lightness of being.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU SCRIMPED ON WHEN IT CAME TO THE REDESIGN? SPLURGED?

We could have gone down the route of wallpapering the rooms we wanted to do pattern in, but instead of spending a large part of the budget on that, we opted to go with wall decals. They were a fraction of the cost! We splurged on artwork, lighting, and larger furnishings. Ultimately, it’s best to spend your money on items which will last longer – wallpaper in a home filled with young children doesn’t tend to last too many years.

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WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT THE REMODEL?

There are always challenges involved with remodeling a home, but fortunately, we didn’t encounter anything that would stand in the way of completing the home on time. A good handyman or general contractor can always fix anything that comes along to ruin your day!

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Each of the kids’ rooms feature four twin beds (trundles in the girls room, and bunks in the boys). The girls room is playfully decorated with stars and watermelons, while the boys room is green, black, and white, with triangle decal on the walls.