Attached is my presentation for your Living Area remodel. Thanks for posting this project – I had a great time with it. I actually live here in Orlando as well so; I’m very familiar with your style of home as well as your lakeside setting. I placed a photo of a Florida lakeside as the backdrop in my renderings. I couldn’t tell exactly which lake you lived on from the photo – I just know the lake seems smaller than Lake Conway and larger than Lake Davis! I’ve wanted to get inside one of those vintage Orlando homes and re-design it so… this has been the next-best thing for me!
You’re right – the white support post is definitely challenging – as it’s basically smack in the middle of the room. I went with my “If you can’t beat ‘em… join ‘em” philosophy and, actually added MORE posts and turned them into a mid-century inspired room divider which serves to offer some separation between the living room and the entrance. I’ve also added a post to each of the inset bookcases – to repeat the design for cohesion. Speaking of the bookcases – yes, there are now two! The wall tends to look a bit unbalanced with only one bookcase. I shortened the height of the original one to allow for the new one to be at an appropriate height on the lower side of the ceiling rise. I lined the back of each bookcase with mirror, which serves to open your space even more and will offer some cool light reflections from your wall of windows. Of course you notice the new stacked stone façade on the fireplace wall. This fits in very well with the mid-century integrity of the home and also gives it a warm, earthy feel. This is a thin do-it-yourself type of stone façade and is very easy to apply. I’ve replaced your mini blinds with fabric pleated shades in a very pale green which compliments the sofa.
As far as furnishings, I’ve tried to be mindful of the mid-century roots of your home while also moving forward in time a bit toward your fondness for more updated, clean, modern styling. The sofa has a mid-century feel and the chairs are of copies, of course, of modern design icons. I’ve given you a generously-sized storage bench in the entryway – for shoes, etc. You’ll also note all the new storage in the entryway. Older homes are notorious for lack of storage so, I’ve tried to help remedy that issue for you. The living room also sports a mid-century inspired console flanking one side of the new room divider.
The dining set is very organic and modern and, is easily obtainable from Crate and Barrel. I’ve not indicated any ceiling lighting over the table. The ambient lighting in the great room and shining through from the kitchen should be fine until your budget allows for some overhead lighting. I show the pass-through bar countertop from the kitchen expanded a bit in my renderings. That could certainly remain the same as it is now, or could easily be expanded at some point in the future to allow for some stools there if you like. Another mid-century inspired piece anchors the end wall shared with what will at some point become your office space. I’ve filled in that wall to show you what it may look like once that room is partitioned off to form your office.
You might notice that the wall in the entryway beside the door has become a gallery wall. All of the photographs on that wall, as well as the vintage-look poster in the dining area, are original works done by my design partner here in Orlando. I had fun looking though some of his work to find some perfect, original “Orlando” photos for that wall.
While I brightened up the tone of the woodwork in the home – moldings, cabinets, etc. – I think your slate floor is beautiful and personally, I wouldn’t touch it!
All of the major pieces as well as many of the smaller ones are sourced for you in the presentation. I can pass along any other info you may want and continue to work with you if you choose my concept for your design. It would be fun to work directly with an Orlando client! I've attached a PDF File with the proposed budget. All the best….
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