New project time everyone! Yeah yeah!!
This time it’s a 1930’s house that’s recently had a lovely extension across the back. This has given them a light and airy, family friendly, open-plan kitchen-diner. And two sitting rooms. None of which they really like anymore.
Including this one, which they admit they never actually use. It’s accumulated bits of furniture over the years, but now it just doesn’t work as a dining room, a living room, a study…. Let’s just say it’s lost its way.
Time for a re-design, a new layout and a new purpose. Oh goodie.
This room is to become the new family TV room, but in its current set up, it’s really tricky to configure the space so the seating can all get a view of a TV in one of the alcoves.
After spending a good few hours playing around with potential layouts, here’s what I came up with. It’s going to be fun.
The biggest change we’ve made which completely free-d up the room was to block the original entrance into the room. That wall would now be used as the main sofa wall. Every living room with a TV really does need one long wall to place the sofa, which ideally should face the fireplace.
The original door casing and architrave is all staying. The door will be taken off its hinges, (and kept, fear not, it’s not getting trashed, it’s a gorgeous 30’s door!) the casing will be made good and a board fixed inside. The board will then be wallpapered in this beauty:
Andrew Martin Library Wallpaper
With this sat inside the original architrave it should give the impression of a quirky bookcase. It also gives the homeowners the option of opening up the entrance again really easily, should they want the original configuration at any point in the future. Simples!
See how much better that feels already with the sofa being up against the long wall. Can’t wait to get that library bookcase wallpaper up there.
Like the picture? It’s called The Marquis by Thierry Poncelet and that is definitely staying. It’s good init!? In fact, a few things are staying; the fab wall colour (actually wallpaper), the lovely oak flooring, the mirror over the mantel and….
….half of the welsh dresser (left hand alcove). The top section is outta there and the bottom section has been painted black to become the new drinks cabinet in the opposite alcove. It will connect the dining room to the family room really nicely. Cocktail in the lounge anyone?
Everything else is due to be changed. The white woodwork will be going off black and the ceiling painted a softer, more aged white. And we have goodies on their way. Let me show you what’s going into the room over the next few weeks. Hopefully.
The eBay chaise (yes, the leopard print number, you were totally judging me weren’t you?), is due to be reupholstered in one of these House of Hackney fabrics:
Eeeee! So excited. AND a pair of curtains for each end of the room will be made in the same fabric. So excited! Which do you guys prefer? I know which one i’d choose for this room.
It’s mood board time. Have a look and see what you think.
Which one?? Which? Maybe we should ask the brass monkey that arrived at the end of last week…..
Anyway, I hope you like our plans so far, it’s going to be such a fun room to work in. Let me know what you think so far. You know how much I love your input and feedback…. Blackthorn or Tarovine?