e-Design {Living Room Reimagined}

by Laura LePage Tarlo

Now they we have settled into our new home, I've had time to think about the way I'd like to setup our living room. We currently have a sectional sofa which is great space for seating, but it cuts off the flow of the room and makes our small living room seem even smaller. We decided to wait on built-ins around our fireplace because we couldn't decide what we wanted --- and I'm glad we did!

Here is a photo at what our current living room setup looks like (real photo + layout rendering):

Current Living Room Setup

Current 3-D Rendering(Cramped feeling & lack of flow) 

As you can see, there is certainly not much character or pizazz to this space. The sectional sofa, while comfortable and kid-friendly, cuts off the flow to this already small room and doesn't allow any options for change or movement. I've come up with a couple of alternative looks and from there, the planning and design will begin. 

Here is my ideal living room, which I'll refer to as "Option #1":

OPTION #1: Sofa with 2 Chairs & Built-ins

OPTION #1: Additional Rendering

OPTION #1: Additional Angle of Room

The second layout option I'm not as crazy about, BUT, it does allow me to use my current leather mission-style recliner, and only have to purchase a sofa and maybe ottoman for extra seating. Here is "Option #2":

OPTION #2: Existing Chair & New Ottoman

OPTION #2: Window Angle View...LOVE!!!

OPTION #2: 3-D Rendering

The style choices seen in these renderings aren't accurately reflective of our design selections. We will be using white shiplap background on the fireplace wall, as well as white built-in cabinetry and a bump out on top of the fireplace to hide the TV with doors built-in. But I'll be sharing all of the style elements in a separate upcoming post. 

Wish me luck and I'm ready to get this project going!!! ~ Laura