After six years of renting, when Martin and Jonathan decided to purchase they knew they wanted to commit to an historic property in one of the well-built, classic, and still largely undiscovered neighborhoods of Central El Paso.
The couple, both 29, recently purchased a 1918 craftsman style bungalow on Government Hill. The house has undergone significant renovation and modernization, but many design elements of the era remain. That juxtaposition of modern and historic really tells the story of Martin and Jonathan's collective style: crisp and clean, with an overriding sense of timeless simplicity.
Martin and Jonathan are seeking a living room design which allows the original fireplace tile work – striking in its early 20th century simplicity – to remain the focal point of this over-sized space. Two complicating factors readily present themselves: first, though the two would like to incorporate a television into the design, they have no appetite for mounting it over the fireplace; secondly, the front door of the house is right in the middle of the living room.
The couple are seeking a practical design which neither competes with the history of the house nor is completely subservient to it. This space should be ready to host a cocktail party or a lazy Saturday on the sofa.
Not looking to remove fireplace or do any major renovation as home was recently rehabbed. Also, do not want to mount TV on fireplace. Not looking to lay down carpet, but area rug(s) fine. Would like to stay with current color but open to ideas.
Please note that we will be ordering 2 inch white window blinds to mount on inside of all windows. Refrigerator in dinning room is temporary. Looking to have ideas for purchase of new furniture by 3/30/13.
Affordability of design is important, but also the ability to mix timeless pieces with contemporary ones.