Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vanessa's Home Renovation: Suggestions for the Living Room



This "GRAND" room was finished about 9 months ago. I have changed things in this room several times. But for some reason, I'm just never happy with it. Of course that window with the bold-colored stained glass is going...and very soon. I can't wait to get a pretty window! But that can't be why it's my least favorite area. 



It always seems so dark and I'm wondering if that's the reason I am never happy with this room. It has plenty of windows but it's on the north side of the house. I love the dark wood floors but that doesn't help with the light issue. At one point I realized I needed everything in the room white. So nearly every piece in there now is white or very light-colored. 

I found the hutch at a local antique store for a great deal! I ordered the ottoman from World Market. And I found that amazing French chandelier on ebay. I'm so in love with it!!























So I'd like your opinion. What would YOU do with this room? What would you change? 























































Taking suggestions.
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  2. Fun room!! Things are cute from in only the bottom 2/3 of the room so it feels funny. I think you need to do some killer crown molding. Maybe add to the top of the mantel by adding some salvaged wood to make it look like the chimney part. Do all you can to bulk up the upper portions of the room.

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  3. This room contains many beautiful items. I have a few questions, first. What is this room used for, the function? Is it used for watching TV (Is there a television inside the cabinet across from the large sofa? It appears that the sofas are oriented towards that cabinet, that's the reason I ask. Another question I have, why are the draperies hung so high above the tops of the window trim/frames? Is the stained glass window original to the house? As I've worked in architecture for more than twenty-five years, these are the types of questions that I would be asking in order to focus on creating an environment that allows harmony AND usefulness/function. Otherwise, decisions are arbitrary. I would want seating more focused around the mantel, even though it is obvious it is just a mantel and not a functioning fire place, creating an intimate seating arrangement. But I'd need more answers to my questions. ;o)

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  4. I love the room as it is! But I see what you're saying. What about adding a large mirror with white framing above the fireplace instead of the dark colored flower art pieces (although they are beautiful). The mirror might reflect more light?

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  5. Also I find the side swept curtains make it look a bit unfinished and not as inviting

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  6. I would do all the above...but don't get rid of your art...frame some of the darker ones in a lightly chippy painted frame and make a gallery wall...you have very high ceilings...take advantage of them! On top of your cabinet...there is a basket... have something with a little color poking out for fun. You have a BEAUTIFUL blue chair...introduce that color more into your room with pillows and nick knacks...this room is beautiful...just needs a little color... btw...keep the floors dark!

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  7. The minute I looked (without reading anything on here) my eyes wanted to go UP on that fireplace to a really scrolly tall mirror that would go above the window line. Then layer a more horizontal one in front of it and add your pretty florals. To the left where the shutter is...It needs a big giant mirror starting down low..or a grouping of 3 big ones. I need to go load up my trailer...will be back to study more! Great job though.

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  8. I agree with the others - maybe some mirrors layered on the mantle, especially a taller one. Either frameless mirrors or framed in white, chippy frames, or even both. Some dried hydrangeas would look good in the basket on the armoire. I disagree with adding more color - I love all the whites! I also might arrange some framed art around the blue shutter and above it since you have such high ceilings. But I do love what you've done!

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  9. Well I think your room is just...LOVELY..and don't think you need to change a thing!!!!!

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  10. Everything is beautiful in the room, that's not the problem! I think the room looks bottom heavy, not much going on above the furniture. Your kitchen is what brought me to your blog, such a fun farmhouse feel. The living room is way too formal for me, even so I'm not trying to be mean, just my observation!

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  11. I love all the pieces that you have in the room, but the room seems really busy. I would take down the curtains, move the glass paned windows to the other windows, put the two chairs somewhere else or remove them from the room, same for the blue chair and rearrange the rest of the furniture until it seems right, even removing some pieces.

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  12. oh my goodness. how perfectly lovely.

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  13. I agree with many of the comments... You need more substantial height in the room... Moulding perhaps...Mirrors would help with light... There's something off with the curtains and or the rod placement. I wouldn't change out the original stain glass window... I like the idea of moving the paned windows to the other side of the room.

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  14. I had the same dilemma with my living room. I loved all of my furniture and its placement but something still wasn't right. I realized there wasn't anything to stop my eye from looking at the wall to the ceiling - so nothing felt grounded. Once I added crown moulding the entire feel of the room changed. I really feel that is all you need because the room is so beautiful, but just needs a "crowning" touch.

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  15. I think it is a bit bare on the walls. Definitely in need of some pops of color. I would agree with the mirror layering and empty frames filled with quirky art. Some sort of gallery wall is needed in here. Needs a balance between the amount of furniture and the lack there of , of wall items. Otherwise nice. get rid of the curtains too, I would do something light for a window treatment or architectural, like headers for window treatments and something light to pull down at night for privacy. thanks

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  16. that's a beautiful room with very nice pieces! i love lots of whites and neutrals, and bare walls too. my impression is that all of the whites are very airy and heavenly, and the dark wood has a very solid and grounded feel. the contrast is nice, but there isn't anything bridging the gap between the two, which i think creates a bit of an uneasy feeling. i would try some dark wood decor accents and small pieces of furniture here and there. like the rustic wooden crate - more items like that placed at various heights around the room and hanging on the walls. to bring the floor color and solidity into the rest of the room.

    i would remove the two armchairs and the shutter accents, and replace the circular metal side tray. all of the lines and open space in those add a little too much of an airy feeling - that's already established with the color scheme and gorgeous furniture.

    i would also maybe try a heavier, slightly earthier fabric for curtains - burlap or dropcloth canvas maybe, and dark wood thick curtain rods with somewhat large finials.

    i have the same floors and I love them! i also found it challenging to get them integrated into the room instead of competing with everything. i have white bare walls and lots of neutrals, but a few dark wood frames and accents hanging on the wall and it seems to help bring everything together, while maintaining the fresh, clean, simple feeling of the whites and neutrals.

    good luck! look forward to seeing your final masterpiece!

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  17. I can't help you because I love it all the way it is !

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  18. I am so fascinated with this room just how it is, I come over and just look at the photos. I am a color person, but I am in *love* with how this room is put together. I love the mix of textures, formal and informal and love the addition of the ottoman and chandelier. It's vintage, but has a really modern, young family vibe that I adore. The only thing I would do is add a nice, thick crown moulding. The floors are amazing. I love this house and what you all have done with it:-)

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    1. Wanted to add, I'm a color person, but this makes me want white because it's so fresh and light.

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  19. What a gorgeous, feminine room. I particularly love your sofa's. Have you ever arranged them facing each other? Leave the mantel and armoire as is. How about the two matching chairs in front of the window where the beautiful blue chair is, then blue chair on opposite side of the room?
    I agree with other commenters on hanging art/mirror above the mantel and more tailored drapery panels. White linen? Do tell us if you make any changes, I'd love to see :) It's always fun to get to play "what if".

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  20. Oh! My how could you even think it needs something, or a change. Love it all.
    I know as much as we may love what we have created in our home, there is always room for change, and that the interesting fun about change.
    From my view I find beauty in your home of tone on tone comfort, I am looking for a French sofa to add to my home filled with whites naturals and the palest of grey's.

    Beautiful arranging to your inspired days.

    Xx
    Dore

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  21. Giving some thought to the rooms design as a designer and I am sure you have positioned this before but the cabinet armoire would look great between the two windows making it a focal piece to the room, and this is an important piece demanding attention to your space of calm tones of whiteness. Then move the sofas facing each other on each side of the armoire. The fireplace surround could go on the wall where the armoire was and the two side chairs could flank the fire surround. The rest of the pieces will fit in where they speak to you best. It would look great almost anyway you arrange it and that the fun in salvage our rustic life of brocante French pieces they just seem to fit in seamlessly where ever they are placed. Perfectly I perfect.

    Xx
    Dore

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  22. first of all I too found your blog by way of your awesome kitchen....it is light and bright with some fun pop's of color....I think you need a bit more color, and some of the furnishings seem a bit formal......myself I love the stained glass (if it is original)....love the floral paintings !!!!

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  23. I think it's absolutely lovely...the only thing I would do is add mirrors... a large one against the wall small and medium ones placed here and there...it would help reflect more light!...I just love the room and the beautiful way in which you have it decorated!

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  26. I think the classic and French looks are exceptionally hard to achieve so you've done a really great job with salvaging some of the storage cabinets and getting the right mix of furniture in so it doesn't look overdone! Good job!

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