Sanderlin Living & Dining Rm Redesign ProjectMay 29, 2013
Hello All!!!!! This latest living room & dining room redesign was an exciting project because I pretty much had to purchase all new stuff...and that of course meant SHOPPING!!! Oh how I love shopping for furniture & decor. Even though there is a fireplace between the two rooms, I'd like to call these types of spaces a living/dining combo because there is really no separation between them. With that being said, the color palettes will definitely have to blend and/or complement each other. The client currently has a 3 year old son and another baby on the way. As you can see in the "before" pics, there were toys all over the living room and no place to store anything. They also wanted to keep some of the existing furniture, but the leather pieces were way too bulky for the living room space. Somehow I convinced them to get rid of it all! :) BTW, all of the furniture was actually posted "For Sale" on Craig's List. Within the 1st 24 hours of being posted it was SOLD! (So...hint hint to all of you that want to buy new furniture... Craig's List and/or garage sales, etc are a great way to make some money on your old furniture. Then you can use the money from the sale to put towards your new furniture purchase!!!) The client was clear that they did not want a formal dining room area. My Task List was to do the following: - Create storage options for the toys - Create a "Play Area" for the kids - Make sure that both spaces were decorated with "kid-friendly" furniture pieces. - Choose a new paint color for the walls - Buy new furniture for both spaces I definitely had to get rid of those ugly vertical blinds...I HATE those things with a passion. They were replaced with white 2" faux wood blinds from JustBlinds.com. I absolutely love ordering from this online-based company. You can order custom blinds for a fraction of the price versus going to a big box store like Lowes or The Home Depot and even those other fancy custom window places. And JustBlinds.com always has great sales, the shipping costs are FREE and they let you order free samples. The only down-side is that you have to install the products yourself, but that's a fairly easy DIY task. The rattan coffee table is kid-friendly with no pointy edges or hard surfaces, etc PLUS is also doubles as storage. This storage trunk was purchased form Pier1 Imports. And its actually holds a butt-load of stuff!!! Now this is the kid's play area. The book shelves are from IKEA. Each one of the storage bins contain toys and books, etc. Everything is now tucked away nice and neat. The 8x10 area rug is comprised of modular carpet tiles from FLOR.