August 8, 2011

Living Room Results

Ok…so a long, loooooooong time ago…so long ago I might just lose my blogging cred. over it…I shared with you all an ongoing project at my mom and sister’s home in Pennsylvania.  Basically, they had combined households and ended up with a hodge-podge of furniture in their living room including, but not limited to, three recliners, a corner TV unit, a Windsor chair, some beautiful, family heirloom pieces and not much up on the walls.  It wasn’t working well for them in the space and they asked me to help them overhaul it…but within reason…i.e. there were certain things that needed to stay and painting was out of the question (since it had JUST been painted the peachy color months prior to the design overhaul).

Here are a couple of pictures of the ‘before’ to jog your memory.


With help from a room planner tool at Pottery Barn Design, I was able to come up with this floor plan.

Then, I pulled together some pieces that I found that I thought would help diversify their space into a mood board to help them visualize the concept for their room.

Well.  I am pleased to report that the living room transformation has been completed and I have PICTURES to share!  YAY!! (yet again, I only have my iphone with me…so the pics are no where near what they could be)

Here’s the view from the dining room, which is open to the living room, back towards the back of the house.  You can see here how the table that my mom already owned is acting like a sofa table and the placement of the new couch really helps define the living room as a separate space, yet keeps it open and flowing.


The piano is now flanked by the two, large recliner chairs which are staying in the room for the time being.  I would still love to see a large-scale piece of artwork on the wall above the piano, but for now, it is so great that there is a seating set-up that is conversational.  And bonus, the piano bench pulls out for additional seating if necessary.

Looking back from the large, glass sliders, you can see how the scale of the Entertainment center really helps to break up that HUGE wall.  The white finish is perfect for lightening up the space and adding to the coastal feel they were hoping for.


A jute rug laid over the carpeting helps define the sitting area and the amazing, ship door coffee table is the perfect amount of texture to balance all of that white.


In all we are very pleased with the transformation of this room.   One of the most difficult challenges in designing a space often comes from the limitations imposed by the need to retain some of the original pieces in the space – we can’t all just throw it all away and start over!  It was so great to be able to create a space that functions so much better as a living space and has the coastal charm that my family loves so much.

Have you done any major room overhauls in your space recently?

2 Responses to “Living Room Results”

  1. sarah Says:
    August 11th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Where did you find the Ferris Wheel/roller coaster art?

  2. Coasting anon Says:
    August 11th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Sarah – it was on RHBaby and Child for a bit…not sure if it is still available.