Anatomy of a Room: Christina’s Living Room

Christina asked me to have a look at her living room after seeing how I worked around the challenges in my space. Like many of us with smaller homes, her living room serves as entry, hallway and living space. In this space we’ll be designing around two large wall openings, low windows that she wants to retain access to and a fireplace, as well as awkward room dimensions of 11 x 17 feet. Eleven feet are very narrow indeed when you have to maintain a pathway through the space. Additionally Christiana has a large extended family and entertains frequently, so she needs lots of seating that can be rearranged to accommodate additional guests as needed.

Christina’s husband has fairly traditional tastes, however she really likes modern, eclectic design. It will be a challenge to find furniture and accessories that connect the two. Her favorite colors should help, she prefers warm, autumn colors and wants to create a space that feels cozy and comfortable, but not cluttered.  A couple of pieces will be staying. The fabulous leather armchair, which I can attest is perhaps the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in, stays. As does the coffee table and the sofa table. Everything else is up for transformation, relocation or replacement. They need a rug, more seating, storage, a space for the TV, lighting and lots of little accessories to personalize the space.

I’ll start with a floor plan next week, as well as two ways of approaching finding furnishings. One mood board with everything available new from retailers and a second showing strategies for getting a similar look using furnishings found on Craigslist and thrift stores, as well as Home Goods and Target. Should be lots of fun.

Have a lovely weekend. I’m off to the farmer’s market and library with my crew.

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