Room 1 - Living Room:
The room is a 23'6" x 11'9" (276 sq ft, 26 m2) room with a fireplace along the long exterior wall. The room has 3 large (12 over 12 grid) windows, and one smaller window (6 over 6 grid), all of which look out on natural woods. The long exterior wall is covered with decorative wood for its entire length. There is a supporting beam crossing the room at approximately the midpoint, which is also covered in wood. The floors are also wood. I'm not good at identifying types of wood, so I am not sure of the type of wood on the wall, trim, or the floor.
The room is structurally in great shape. There is wallpaper in the room which will be removed. I have uploaded two photos of the room.
Room 2 - Family Room:
The room is 23'5" x 15'4" (360 sq ft, 33 m2), with a brick fireplace that spans from the floor to the cathedral ceiling. The cathedral ceiling is notable for its large open beams that are held in place with wooden pegs. There are large sliding glass doors along the left side of the room, and there are 2 large (I think 12 over 12 grid) windows on the right side, which is the front of the house. The entrance to the family room is via the dining room. The room has wooden floors. I have uploaded two photos of the room.
I have also uploaded photos of the kitchen to help keep the designs from clashing too much with the rest of the house.
Please recognize that all of the photos are from the current owners, not us, so their decorating should not be used as a cue for our taste. We are in the process of purchasing this home and expect to close soon.
Room 1 is currently being used as a formal living room by the current owners. The interior design does not match our style, and we want to turn this room into a frequently used study/library/office. We envision this room being a cozy escape from the distractions of the TV; a comfortable place to sit and get work done (my wife and I frequently bring work home with us), sit and read a book, and to pay the bills and file paperwork. We would like this to be a â€œstudiousâ€ environment, conducive to getting work done in a relaxed setting.
We would like to have several bookshelves to hold our books and references for work, my wife and I would like to each have our own desk space, and we would like to have a comfortable place where we can sit and read or do some light work (such as a couch or a couple of relaxing chairs). The room should make good use of the views of the woods outside of the large windows.
Room 2: Family room
We actually don't have any problems with the layout of the room from the current owners, but we would like to explore our options. We would like to use this room as our family room. This would include the TV, couches, chairs, coffee tables, etc. Ideally, the room should be comfortable for enjoying the view of the backyard, the TV, and the fireplace. We could go either way on the breakfast table in the room. There is a dining room, and the current owners also use a small table in the kitchen for meals. We have also discussed the possibility of using a small area for exercise (e.g. bike trainers). It all depends on our alternative uses for the space, and we are interested in your thoughts and creativity.
Quality, but understated. Not flashy.
Timeless, but not 'old-fashioned.' Not trendy.
Comfortable, casual, and cozy.
Neither my wife nor I claim to have any knowledge in interior design, which is why we are here looking for help. After trying to educate myself a little bit, I would guess that our tastes are likely in the "cottage" and "rustic" ranges. I'm thinking somewhere between Pottery Barn and a nice ski lodge. We also want to make sure that the interior design of the room "flows" with the rest of the house. We both prefer leather chairs and couches. My wife likes color, but I don't want color to be overpowering or distracting (accenting, tasteful). We are both "outdoorsy" people, and it would be nice if that flavor could be successfully incorporated into the designs.
We would like to avoid any significant remodeling, and would prefer to leave the wood unpainted. If a design was compelling enough, we might be willing to reconsider painting some wood.
When possible, we would prefer to use Benjamin Moore paint. If it matters (I don't know that it does), the 'white' in other areas of the house is Benjamin Moore's Linen White. We would like the design to be 'child and dog friendly,' which is to suggest that the materials should be somewhat durable and resistant to stains.
Our design selection will be based upon a number of factors, including the practicality of the design, maximizing the use of the space, the perceived "comfort" of the room, how well the room matches the "feel" of the house structure, and how easily the design can be implemented using what is readily available at furniture stores in the Boston, Massachusetts area. We will also favor designs that are reasonably affordable, but good quality (e.g. we won't spend $1,000 on an oriental rug). We would consider having a few items custom made (such as bookshelves), if the design was compelling enough.
Deliverables would include a complete interior design plan, including room layout, recommended furniture, color schemes, wall coloring, window treatments, rugs, accessories, etc. If a realistic 3D rendering could be done, that would certainly be helpful. We would appreciate specificity down to brand and model of furniture and other items, brand and color of paint for walls, etc.
NOTE FROM CLIENT (5/18/2012)
Unfortunately, we will not have access to the house until after the sale is complete. I recognize that more detailed dimensions may be essential to some of your designs. I want to be able to provide you with enough detail that you will be able to produce designs that you will be proud to deliver, and that we will be able to implement and enjoy. Therefore, we have chosen to extend the competition by one week. I anticipate that I will be able to provide more detailed dimensions by 5/31/12, and the competition is now scheduled to close on 6/6/12 at 11:59 pm EST. I hope this will allow you enough time to refine any plans to incorporate specific dimensions. Please don't hesitate to post any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you for your participation, as well as your patience and understanding.