A friend of mine discovered your blog several months ago. After talking several times about my living room, we decided to see what advice you could give to us. I hope that is okay.
I have a fairly awkward front room that is half two story and half one story that I just don't know what to do with. We are hopefully looking to get new furniture for this room sometime soon (although I have a sentimental attachment to our 70s couch), I am not a big fan of the fabric- but the style has a retro charm in an Anthropologie kind of way. I could totally see re-upholstering it- but that would be if you want to commit to a fun retro look- which is inconsistent with your wall decor altogether- you decide. but I would really love some guidance on how to arrange it. I would like to get a sofa, love seat, and a chair or two so that if we ever move, I won't have an awkward furniture set. I am not going to support the sofa love seat option- check out this post for an explanation. I have wondered about getting some tables, too, but they scare me a little. I really like space, and I am afraid of cluttering it up. Trust me. If you have the room well designed- yes- it will include tables and more furniture- but that is a good thing... you will like it. It is not going to be cluttered up- it is going to be furnished. Big difference. Sometimes I think people get used to their homes being half furnished and they think that finishing the job is somehow going to make their house look smaller- or their kids will have no place to play- and it is all totally crazy. It will look better. And kids really should play outside anyway. There is nothing scary about tables. Black widows- snakes- they are scary. Tables- not scary. The room was originally designed to be a living/dining room, but I want it to be a living room that also has our piano in it. There is also a plant shelf that you can kind of see from the living room that is currently empty. I could really use some help!
The dimensions of the room are roughly 13'X21'. The wall with the large picture on it is about 7'. The space between the windows is about 6'.
Thank you for your help! Let me know if you have any questions.
Here are a couple of Anthropologie pieces. If you want to go with this fun look- find a cool fabric to re-upholster and then be consistent throughout the room- otherwise I suggest a new sofa.
I picture a cool bookcase like the one in this post. Those round circles with lines next to the bookcases in the floorplan I drew are sconces BTW- we need more sconces in this world.
Thanks for writing in! I hope I wasn't too harsh ;) But your friend is reminding me of my husband who thinks I clutter up the house with furniture. The attitude drives me a little crazy.