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.