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!