We recently moved to a new home. Our living room has great potential, but right now it is pretty much a barren landscape waiting for someone with a great taste in style to help it. We struggle with the serious lack of storage space and currently unusable fireplace (it has no hearth) as well as the high ceilings, large windows and open space. To put it bluntly, we don't even know where to start!! We have pretty much populated the room with cheap couches with covers, a table that has seen much much better days, and an 'entertainment' center that is laughable at best. The neighborhood we are in is full of fun families with young children and we really want to have dinner parties and play dates at our house, but we are embarrassed by our current setup. We seem to enjoy the modern style (think Restoration Hardware) but we want something that will be warm and inviting for guests and children. We are not big fans of the stuffy don't sit on or touch style that makes it look like a showroom instead of a living room (think Southern Living sometimes)
Our living room is roughly rectangular in shape, with a 45 degree angled ceiling that starts at 9 ft and raises across the living room to a final height of about 20 ft. The room measures just under 16 ft across and 20 ft long. There is also an open arch leading into the room from the foyer. The living room is open to the kitchen which has a large island that is ideal for entertaining while cooking.
We want to have an aesthetically pleasing, storage friendly space. It needs to accommodate social gatherings and seating for the family to relax and watch TV. We would like our outdated fireplace to have more of a focus as the central part of the wall. We like the style to be fairly clean and simple. We love the feel of our kitchen, and would like to continue this style to the living room.
We are going to put this plan into action as soon as we can. We are very anxious to get started. We have several other house projects in mind, but it is not essential for the designer to be involved or at the site.
Nothing is really "off limits". I would imagine that the fireplace would need to stay in place. However, we are thrilled to have a new design for the facing and or mantle. We would like to keep our hardwood floors and add style with rugs etc. We are not opposed to color, but we are more familiar with muted earth tones.
Our selection criteria would be based on the style of the design and affordability. The maximum we would want to spend is about $10,000, and would love to come in under budget if possible.
We are planning on getting new furniture, and guidance in that direction would be greatly appreciated!