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#1 of 9 Old 05-21-2015, 01:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Question interior design?

Anyone here enjoy planning a room's layout? WWYD with this space?

Our house has an open floor plan and I can't figure out how to get a comfortable, cozy living room. When you enter our house you are in the middle of a room that is about 50' wide (left to right) and about 14' deep. One half is where we have a dining room table (school work, projects, crafts, etc) and a 5x7' space in front of the wood stove where people play (legos, read, etc.). That space is comfortable and works well. The middle part of the room (the entry, if you will, is fine and works well.) It is the "living room" that I struggle with.

It was great for active play when I had toddlers. It was big enough for ride on toys, etc. Now, it is cold and unwelcoming. Anyone want to help me design the space where teens and adults can sit and do nothing? I'd like a space where conversations can occur, maybe cards are played, adult beverages consumed, etc. The actual space I want to use is about 18'X13'. It has two doorways and 3 windows but it a pretty blank space. I'm willing to throw a little bit of money at it in terms of furniture, lighting, paint, whatever. (Oh, and grown ups have curtains! I think I'm supposed to have curtains!?)

Photos in the next post (I hope!) Thanks!

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The first photo shows the space I'm struggling with. It is from the point of view of the front door of the house. Ugh... so ugly and not even comfy to hang out in that space.

The second photo shows the other end of the room from the same place. It is messy and lived in but works quite well for projects, school work, playing, etc.

The 3rd photo shows the entire space from the couch. The last photo shows the the space from in front of the wood stove. (Clearly, I didn't pick up a single thing! It is pretty typical to have a 50lb bag of oats sitting in the living room for a few days!)

WWYD if this was your mess?
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I would get a love seat and face it with 2 comfy chairs. I would add a coffee table In between them. You could even paint a checker/chess board on the table. Keep the orange bookcase Fill it with books and board games. Perfect little book nook area.

If the area is just for a teen hang out, I know I would have loved a love sac and bookcase as a teenager!
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I second the loveseat idea, maybe w/ a couch table & house plants behind it to pretty it up, or hide a bag of oats/ shoes under it.


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Some bright lights will make the room looks really different. And now most lights are LEDs. Maybe sunnest can give you some ideas.
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I think that the most important thing in a new house are decorations. They can create a good vibe in a house, do not experiment with colors when you buy wallpapers or paint walls. Furniture is an important element, I do not like to waste money on expensive things but furniture requires such things. Guys if you are interested in finding good tablecloths, table skirts, fitted skirts, cloth napkins and more, you can check iqlinens.com for sure you will find something.
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My friend was just looking for this information. Thanks
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I like it if the room is beautiful and comfortable
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Thanks for your ideas. This will be very useful for me. I recently found a new home for myself. I was helped by Intown homes houston specialists to find the stunning house in Texas I dreamed of. It is a spacious house with several bedrooms. They were able to find this house out of a lot of offers!
Now we are finishing the paperwork. And I can start renovating my house.

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