Too often builders try to squeeze too many rooms into a home and end up with unusable areas. I see it over and over again. Instead of creating one fantastic space they divide it into two to sneak in another room. This was exactly the situation for a client of mine who had a tiny living room and adjacent to it an equally miniscule dining room. My client was planning on furnishing her home and she found the size of the existing rooms too small to meet her needs. The solution was to throw convention out the window and reconfigure the space with an unusual layout.
Instead of trying to cram a dining table into the area on the left, Corea Sotropa Interior Design opted to move the dining room into the space allocated to the family room which was next to the kitchen. You can check out photos of this room in our earlier post Accessory Magic. Now we were free to create a living room with multiple sitting areas. This would allow my client to lounge in front of the television, sit and read a book by the fire and have lots of seating for all the entertaining she does on a regular basis. We divided the living room with a floating chaise that could be sat on in either direction. The cantilevered bump-out which was meant to contain a dining room credenza became the ideal spot for a media cabinet. The furniture pieces we selected are sophisticated and luxe. There’s lots of metallic sheen, elegant lines and fearless colour (yes, that is a purple sofa in the window!). Take a look…
Instead of using the spaces as they were intended, it paid off for us to think outside of the box. By rethinking the intended layout and treating these two rooms as one we were able to make something the homeowner adores and can actually use. The overall effect is fabulous – just like my chic clients!