The formal Living Room in this Allen home was “no man’s land”. The piano which does get played, was here ….otherwise, the formal LR was unused. Though there was seating in the Living Room, the Family Room was — and would continue to be — the gathering place of choice: The FR had a TV, a fireplace, a view of the backyard and proximity to the kitchen. The formal Living Room, however, was the first room guests saw when entering the house and it was a first impression that the Home Owners were not happy with.
Recently furniture had been purchased for the formal DR. The furniture had looked a little smaller in the showroom. The DR was tastefully furnished, but a bit crowded.
The obvious needs for both rooms seemed to be window treatments, art, lamps and a replacement chair for the formal LR.
Hence the email call for help–
With the LR’s shape and traffic patterns, seating seemed quite-abrupt inside the front door. The idea of sitting on the Living Room sofa did not sound cozy, as much as it seemed conspicuous. It also seemed too bad that the new DR furniture was almost hidden.
Sometimes you need to take a step back to look at what really makes sense. With no guarantee that they would love this, the Home Owners gave us permission to rearrange the two formals. Would this arrangement be palatable? The answer would determine our next purchases.
The clients paid for a mini “While You Were Out”, a rearrangement service of Decorating on a Shoe String. Our movers did the heavy lifting. An accomplice and I rearranged the existing furniture and accessories.
The DR china cabinet fit perfectly against the stair wall in what had previously been the LR. The DR server was moved into the entry where, as a substantial piece, it was a plus.
The former DR became a cozy and charming music room.
Art from the FR was moved to the Entry and (now)Piano room. More traditional and dressy, this art suited the formals nicely. New art — the Home Owners were hoping to go a little more contemporary — could be selected and purchased for the Family Room, where they spent more time!
Well, we all DID love it!
The next week we began painting. Sherwin Williams Latte warmed up the tall walls.
In the weeks following we addressed the flooring, lighting and windows. Stay tuned!