Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Itty Bitty Living Space

Via Aladdin

I'll be moving soon. To what I would like to consider the equivalent of the Genie's magic lamp. And basically the trickiest living room layout to ever exist...and I do this for a living, people.

I'll also be merging furniture with a mister. Thankfully, these pictures do not reflect any of Will's furnishings as these were the listing photos when Will bought the house.  

The living room has five door openings and a large bank of windows. Leaving me completely and utterly confused about how I'm going to remedy this situation. I'm really wanting to close up that door opening that leads into the kitchen, but the flow from living room to kitchen for a cocktail refill is a flow that is mighty important to this gal and guy team.

Clearly this living room layout was not working. On any level. Ever. But now, I completely understand their confusion. Because there is NO symmetry in this room which completely throws off my chi, harmony, sense of self, etc.
Everything Just Pure Lovely
So, to stop the nightmares, I've been doing my research. This layout is kind of how I have Will's living room all laid out right now. Furniture right when you walk in the room and I'm not sure how I'm feeling it. Especially because there's about seven feet of empty space behind where this sofa is. Which is FANTASTIC for dance parties, but not so much for utilizing the space to its fullest.


This little lassie intrigues me by how they have positioned the chairs. Clearly a pair, but offset, utilizing that tricky corner to the max.

Amy Meier

I'm now thinking I need two sofas. Because the man and I, we have friends. And we need a place for our friends to sit. Logistics, really. I can also tell I love these Schumacher Betwixt chairs. This living room has optimum seating capacity totaling ten (I like to four up on a sofa for cuddle sessions). Plus, it will give the room some serious symmetry in a room full of symmetry-less.

Decor Pad

I also really need to brighten things up with a fresh coat of paint and I plan on using a jazzy shade of white like Farrow & Ball's Strong White. I also need to skim coat every surface of this house. Another topic, another frustration, another blog post.

Ashley Goforth

This situation is what I've been thinking about the most. The sofas are slightly offset, which would work famously for the offset wall and for the large wall of windows facing the front yard. We have no fireplace, just like this room, and will need a place for Will's Fiat sized TV.

Pereira Associates

Playing off the facing sofa layout, I also desperately need storage. Apparently people in the 1950s only owned five shirts, three pots, one pan, and no crap. I, on the other hand, have lots of the crap. And crap that I really can't part with. Therefore, I'm thinking I need to build some bookshelves and maybe some secret storage on the bottom.

Jamie Mears

And to top it all off, I've decided that we need a place to eat in this room. Because if you read my post on Paloma's blog, you know that I eat dinner in front of the TV. I would like to eat semi-dignifiedly (that's a word) and maybe create a dining scenario in our living scenario.

So, there you have it. The biggest question mark to ever face my life. Now, go. Go and draw me the perfect living room layout. The universe will reward you for your good deed.


  1. I LOVE the idea of a little eating space in the room. We are the same way and this would be a nice change from setting up at the coffee table. Great idea!

  2. Thank you for this post!


  3. These are just perfect! Loved the color combinations of every design!

    1. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a marvellous job! Please keep on posting such quality articles,

  4. I saw in your pics white fireplace Winnipeg its looking some old style...! just bricks are showing you did not do any thing other for look more beautiful.


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