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The main living space of this home is open concept, with the entry hall, dining room and living rooms being separated by a few half walls and columns. With entertaining focused on large gatherings of family and friends with children over meals, the largest area had already been claimed as a dining room. The small remaining space had been used as a playroom till we were called in. Now that their kids were old enough to play in the basement, this space could be re-purposed. The clients wanted a living room where their company could be accommodated before and after dinner. But they also wanted to be able to use the room on a regular basis for reading and homework.

The problem was that the space was too small for larger parties. Fortunately, the current dining room was also too large for just dining. By turning the dining table 90 degrees and moving it closer to the window, we opened up an area at the front of the room. Here -- between a new bar cart and the existing server -- we created a small formal seating area for four. Comprised of a settee and 2 matching chairs (which can also serve as extra dining chairs), it's great for perching with cocktails or private tete-a-tetes. With an existing console table positioned against the partial wall opposite, the space expands into the open hallway adjoining and feels like a room unto itself.

In the new living room, set off by half walls, we managed to seat 7-8 on a variety of small occasional chairs, stools, and the highlight of the room: a daybed. Fitting perfectly into an existing alcove, it was turned into a focal point by painting a rich chocolate accent wall behind it and dressing it up with a multitude of pillows. It's a spot favoured for lounging by parents and kids alike. As an added bonus, a second existing console table will find new use as a desk in a corner of the room. Now Mom can monitor the kids on their computer while she enjoys reading in comfort.

This revamped living/dining area now works beautifully for elegant intimate dinners, as well as large casual gatherings. And the family enjoys it the rest of the time, too!

We invite you to continue exploring our site for design inspiration, then contact us to find out how we can provide 'just the thing' for you!

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