A. I have recently moved into a house built in 1995, which is in need of updating. The living room, dining room and staircase are all together visually and in need of a new look.
B. This area has the original 1995 carpet that must go. Also, the brass light fixtures look dated. Besides paint and new flooring, furniture must be selected of the correct proportion and placed to maximize flow, utility and beauty.
C. The problem is the area needs updating and new furniture.
A. I need to see a visual that shows furniture placement, with correct proportion. I also am interested in window treatments. Also, please suggest sources for the suggested furniture.
B. I expect a layout of furniture, suggestions for window treatments, "splurge" and "save" alternatives for furniture and light fixtures. My style is traditional, but am also looking for some contemporary elements, probably in the dining room and entry chandeliers.
C. This project will be implemented early next year, or sooner.
D. ALthough it would be delightful to continue to work with the designer, that probably will not be necessary or cost effective for either or us.
A. Some design choices have already been made. These include:
1. Paint colors: Devine Ash for living room and stairway, Devine Blade for Dining Room (see http://www.devinecolor.com/devine/colorcollections/trend-proof.jsp)
2. Flooring. I have selected acacia nail-down, prefinished hardwood. The boards of 3/4"X 2 3/4", with lengths varying from 1 to 3 feet. For more information on the flooring, see http://www.stonewoodstore.com/ProductID2092
3. No television
4. Plan on a 5' baby grand piano
5. Utilize any "aging in place" concepts that are appropriate
6. Two grandchildren will be in the house (boys, currently ages 3 months and 28 months) for visits. They will mostly be in other rooms, but sturdy furniture with material that can be cleaned will be a plus.
7. The dining room is small, and so generally the table will seat only 4-6. However, the table should be expandable to seat 10-12 for the occasional large dinner party.
8. The dining room chairs are Parsons chairs, already selected.
9. The vaulted ceiling slopes from 8 feet over the triple living room windows to 16 feet over the dining room. Dining room ceiling height is 8 feet.
10. In the pictures below, you will find a "Lisu quilt" I am considering this large quilt as a wall hanging over the stairway wall, but this is only a possibility.
11. You will also find a picture of a brocade fabric that I am considering for the parsons chairs as a slipcover. The current slipcovers will not kept. I am looking for something much more elegant.
12. I like crystal chandeliers for the dining room (but probably with a very contemporary vibe) and possibly for the entry as well.
13. The light colored hardwood in the entry way will be replaced with the acacia wood. Also, I recognize that the particle board must be covered with plywood to accept the nail-down hardwood flooring. The stains in the floor are from earlier water damage, now no longer an issue.
B. Avoid moving walls.
I am looking for a comfortable blend of traditional (BTW, I like wing chairs) and comtemporary. I think window treatments are key to making a room beautiful. I am a grandmother, so "aging in place" concepts should be incorporated into the design. On the other end of the spectrum, the furniture should be as child-friendly as possible. I would like to see suggestions for art on the walls. I would also like to see "splurge" and "save" options for the sourcing of furniture. The design choices already made -- paint and flooring -- should be considered "fixed," and not subject to change. I also am looking for a suggestion to more clearly differentiate the living and dining room, rather than just a change in paint color. I am thinking of a column or possible archway or some type. I am looking for beauty and elegance, along with some practicality.
A layout and plan view -- at least.
A source list for the furniture.
Other deliverables as standard in this type of project.
See the Powerpoint slides below for measurements. I am also including a number of pictures of the space.