It’s baaaaack! The mailbag is here, ladies and gents, ready to answer your trickiest design questions. Today we are tackling one room in particular because there are a number of good questions. Here goes…
My husband and I bought our first house recently and we’re working on furnishing and decorating it little by little. I’m trying to figure out seating for the family room, but I don’t know what to do with the open floorplan and relatively small area. The total space is 16.5 x 13. We currently have the Cooper slipcovered sofa from West Elm. The green chair in the picture is just there until we get permanent furniture, but I can’t figure out what color or style chair(s) to replace it with, and how to arrange everything so that we don’t block anything.
I was also hoping to squeeze a desk in the room somewhere. (Wishful thinking?) Do you have any advice? Should the scale of whatever chairs we get match the scale of the couch? Should we get a sectional instead? Our taste is a bit eclectic — we have some rustic elements in our house, but I prefer furniture with a modern shape. My husband just wants something comfortable. We’re open to color and pattern — especially blues and greens. Our walls are painted Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore and I’m making curtains out of Flower Field by Calico Corners (a really bold floral pattern) in chocolate brown and white. We also have a dog and two cats, so that’s a consideration as well. If you could offer any advice I’d really appreciate it!Read the rest of this post »