Finding a perfect balance in a family room

Interior designer - Mario DiPietro , Kitchen designer - Jeffrey Wallace

Written by: Lyla Haggard

You know the feeling. All of a sudden you gaze around the room, in this instance the home office, and everything seems just a bit worn, scratched or dull after fifteen years of family life. That’s what happened to Lois and Isaac Mallah. While the renovation started in the office, by the time they were finished five years later, the “freshening” project had extended throughout their four bedroom, two den, 3,800-square-foot Cheval-area home.

Lois now advises that the most important thing to do in preparation for a renovation is to find the right designer. She admits that a few years ago they were very lucky to walk into the Ethan Allen Home Interiors store in Citrus Park and be greeted by Mario DiPietro, an award-winning design consultant for the company. The Mallahs were just beginning to shop around, so meeting DiPietro was excellent timing. “The key concept is to discuss what the clients’ lifestyle is like, what they can live with and what they can’t live with,” notes DiPietro.

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