We have remodeled a house built in the 1890's. As part of the remodel, we opened up the first floor and renovated the kitchen & front hall. We love the open space, but would now like to have some help with interior design to make it a warm space for conversation, play, and eating.
We were previously using the small addition behind the kitchen for our dining room table, which we rarely used. However, we now have a 1-year-old, and have sectioned that area off as a play area which is working great for now (it's mostly out-of-sight which is nice). But this means that we've moved a small dining table into the open living room area, and things just feel a little cluttered and aren't working. We love that we have (2!) fireplaces down here, but neither are in a spot where we can currently enjoy them easily (no wall across from them for seating). However, any layout we can think of that takes more advantage of the fireplace seems to also mean less seating and worse flow. Help!
-- please provide us with any wall colors, window coverings, furniture sources, lights, etc. so that we can execute the plan
-- lots of seating for large weekly TV-watching get-togethers with friends
-- seating arranged in a way that's good for conversation with a group, and not just sitting in a line staring at the TV (what we have now)
-- cozy rug(s) -- generally a comfortable feel
-- a way to enjoy a fire (preferably when sitting on the regular couch if that works, but we're open) -- if there's a suggestion besides our current fireplaces, we are open (like installing some kind of modern flaming thing)
-- would love some kind of mantle or otherwise making a fireplace or fire feature that stands out more
-- storage -- hidden and open -- need to store games, books, knick-knacks
-- we currently have some nice bookshelf speakers, center channel, & subwoofer that need to go somewhere appropriate for TV watching (or alternatives built into plan)
-- place for TV components (preferably with doors so the toddler can't press the buttons)
-- table for 4 for eating, bonus if it can expand for more people
-- play area that is sectioned off with gates (happy to leave this where it is, but open to other suggestions)
-- a place for a small scanner, file drawer, and laptop for processing mail, bills, etc. -- we currently have this: https://wishntellu.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/incognito-desk-xl.jpg which perfectly accommodates everything, but we'd be fine with other suggestions if it works better with the rest of the decor!
-- Wall space to accommodate our 4 painting series with the following sizes: (1) 10.5 x 18.5 (2) 38.25 x 26.5 (3) 14.5 x 18.5 (4) 10.5 x 18.5.
-- The windows by the chimneys are apparently slightly unequal. Left window: 25" from the floor, 37 1/8" wide, 71" tall. Right window: 25.5" from floor, 37.25" wide, 71" tall. They are deep windows and have a 6.5" deep bottom -- and the wall juts out 2.25" further than that. The front window is 23.5" to the bottom of the sill, and the window is 5'11" tall and 6'6" wide including the sill. None of the windows are actually operable. In addition, the ceilings are 9'5" high, with a 15" drop over the TV/window area between the chimney stacks.
Restoration hardware, modern but cozy and warm with soft fabrics, natural materials, various textures, woods, brick, reclaimed materials, clean and uncluttered, soft, pottery barn, cape cod, industrial accents
A plan that can transition when the baby no longer needs a sectioned-off play area to accommodate a slightly older child's play
A plan that includes a place that makes sense for a Christmas tree at Christmas time