Hi Friends ~

I recently presented this design plan to a lovely couple who knew it was time to update their living room, dining room and entry but didn’t know where to start.  They understood it was time for new paint, carpet and furnishings but were overwhelmed with possibly making costly mistakes.  By giving them a complete game plan they now feel confident that they can begin implementing these changes  as their time and budget allow.

Let’s take a look!

Kilarski Floor Plan FinalBecause it fits their lifestyle these clients reversed the traditional living room and dining room areas.   They entertain their large extended family and friend often and because they have a very large family room adjacent the kitchen, the living area of this home is typically used only by the homeowners as a casual sitting, reading and relaxing area. 

Keeping that function in mind I presented the following living area concept:

Living Room/Sitting Room

Four Chairs Design Board

The existing original large artwork currently located in the dining room was a gift from the husband to the wife and I used it as the inspiration piece for color.  Relocating it into this area will have an amazing impact!  These chairs and table from Pottery Barn were chosen for their comfort, scale and style to provide seating for up to 4 while not crowding the room.  The oatmeal linen fabric with  nail head trim provides initial texture and a beautiful backdrop for warm accessories.  This area becomes not only a sanctuary for the homeowners but can be a natural overflow for entertaining while providing a fresh update to the room.  I absolutely love having this oil rubbed bronze orb chandelier centered over the table and anchoring this seating vignette.   Warming up, adding texture and functionality are these pillows, throw, floor lamp and tortoiseshell glass hurricanes

Dining Room

Dining Room Design Board

Many years ago this couple invested well in dining room furniture (table, chairs, buffet and small china cabinet) and wanted to incorporate it into the refresh.  The will continue to need at least 8 chairs in the dining room so I recommended four of these tufted back chairs.  On a day to day basis two will be placed as host and hostess chairs at the ends of the table and the other two will flank the buffet on which one of their existing lamps will be placed.  Reupholstering the seats of the four existing cane back chairs with this sassy animal print fabric freshly updates the look of this room without breaking the bank.  

Botanical Prints

How about these beautiful botanical prints that will greet family and guests when entering the room? 


And this gorgeous chandelier?

Finishing out this room are this demilune table to round out the rectangles in the room,  and drapery panels for each end of the room.  To coordinate with the remainder of the home I’ve recommended Behr’s Mushroom Bisque as a rich neutral tone for all walls in this plan. 


Entry Design Board

Lastly, the above concept was presented for a welcoming entry area.  With lighter wood floors we wanted to suggest a entry rug that provided function as well as color, but one that didn’t break the bank or give the owner heartburn at the thought of people possibly entering with wet feet (we are in Michigan, after all . . . ).  At this price point it wouldn’t be devastating to have to replace in a few years if needed and appeals to the homeowners’ like of contemporary. 

This chest and mirror and lamp really add great function and flavor.  It’s a great drop zone for keys and such, checking your “lipstick” and reflecting light in a darker space. 

Rounding out the entry, this storage bench (who doesn’t need more storage?) is great for putting on/taking off shoes.  Add a couple of pillows in these fabrics will add punch and tie into the newly refreshed adjoining living spaces!

Source List

All of my design clients receive a comprehensive design plan with all sources and prices, an example of which is above.  They can then either budget for and/or pull the trigger on their new spaces with confidence in the overall cost as well as appeal. 

If you have any questions about how this can work for you please let me know.  You can always contact me here or leave a comment!

Until the next time ~

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