Do you feel like we’re on some kind of schizophrenic parade through my flips? Welcome to my mind. Constantly bouncing back and forth between houses and designs! Flip 5 and Flip 6 couldn’t be more different! I left you hanging on the Flip 5 kitchen remodel (currently on hold…thanks, Flip 6). And then I introduced you to Flip 6. And here we are, back at Flip 5.
Wine. It always helps when I’m trying to keep up!
One of the rooms that I just loved when I first saw Flip 5 was the living room. The built-ins. The oversized mantle. The wood floors. The large windows.
So much to love, right?
The room is really quite enormous for 1951 standards. And with the wall of windows, it’s no dungeon. It gets ample lighting, and I love this space.
It’s a design nightmare. I have arranged this room. And rearranged. And rearranged. Then moved everything out of it. Then just stared at it.
And, ya’ll, I’m stumped.
This is how I had the room laid out for the longest time. The deal that makes this room so difficult is that it’s a long narrow room as opposed to a boxy room. The room is also lopsided due to the built-ins and fireplace.
Here are my issues with that current layout:
*The couch is quite far from the TV (hard to tell in this picture).
*The only available Internet hookup in the room is on the bottom right of the picture (out of shot). That means several cords are dangling mid-air from the TV.
*The 2 arm chair accents in front of the window have to either be centered with the window or the fireplace. Not both. If they are positioned to face the TV, they are positioned AWAY from the couch.
*We won’t even address I have no clue how to stage those built-ins.
It’s hard to gain perspective from these photos, but the room is anything but quaint. Given the layout I currently have with the couch, two large accent chairs, and a pair of lucite accent chairs on the small wall near the fireplace, there are three groupings in this space. None of them are conducive to entertaining and communicating. The room feels so segregated. And if you’re sitting in the lucite chair on the left, you have to dodge dangling cords.
This room is a challenge!
So those of you with a design flair and eye for design, I need any and all suggestions. A few things to keep in mind with your suggestions:
*The wiring for the Internet could change…but it would be costly. Not a deal breaker, but…
*I dont’ want to block any doorways (leading to entry way or dining room)
*The bottom of the built-ins are actual doors that I utilize frequently, so I don’t want to block those.
Other than that, I’m all ears to your design ideas! Sooo, ready-set-go!