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The Challenge:
This couple wanted to be able to watch movies with their guests in their family room, but its long, narrow configuration and multiple doorways created layout problems. How to accommodate seating for 8 for comfortable TV viewing while still focusing on the fireplace?
The Vision:
Most of the furniture would have to go along the long walls to maximize seating capacity. The only way to do this would be to block off the French doors, leaving access to the patio from the kitchen only. With a partial wall dividing the family room from the kitchen, we would have to choose our finishes with a view to unifying the two spaces.
The Process:
An oxblood leather sectional sofa accommodates most of our seating requirements. The long arm of the sectional runs in front of the French doors and faces a custom-made cherry-stained entertainment armoire opposite. (Glare on the TV screen is prevented by closing the blinds.) Facing the fireplace and running parallel to the half-wall is the short arm of the sectional, which also serves as a chaise for recumbent TV viewing. A fabric-covered console behind it adds a cheery punch of pattern and offers a stage for accessories framed by beautifully detailed support columns. A pair of sumptuous recliners flank the fireplace, while a pair of upholstered storage boxes act as coffee table, ottomans, or additional seating as required. Underfoot, a soft gold Oriental rug lightens the dark tones of the furnishings. To keep it all from being too predictable, we hung a number of pieces from the client's collection of contemporary art, reframed with simple rustic mouldings.
The Result:
The rich, dark leather, paisley fabrics, and wood tones of the furniture we selected complement the sand and cherry tones of the adjoining kitchen perfectly. We created not merely a functional TV room, but a welcoming refuge.

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