We recently bought our house and want the first floor to have an open, comfortable-but-uncluttered, contemporary feel for entertaining. We are about to start an already-designed remodel that mainly focuses on the kitchen but also opens the floor plan a good bit. We need the rest of the first floor (entryway and long living room) to look as great as the kitchen will. Since we are remodeling anyway, now would be a great time to add in built-ins, change the fireplaces, paint the walls, etc.
The living room used to be two rooms, but the wall has been removed so it is now long and narrow with two identical fireplaces on the same wall, with the TV in between , and with large windows taking up much of the remaining wall space -- a real challenge! We want to continue using the larger space for big TV/movie nights that we hold weekly, but it's a strange shape with no clear focal point, bad lighting, and no design sense.
We love the fact that we have working fireplaces, but having them arranged as twins flanking the TV definitely comes across as strange. Help!
We would like to have the living room be very functional and comfortable for TV, movies, and snacks for groups of people. It would be preferable if it didn't look like we are completely TV-centered (it would be nice to have it also work for conversation). We must keep at least one fireplace if not both, but they can be altered in style.
We would love to have a small spot for a computer, and one file drawer for mail processing, if possible, but we can use the dining area for this if necessary. We have a series of 4 paintings that we would like displayed. We would like appropriate lighting and window coverings. We would like to let in as much light as possible, while still having privacy at night in the front and side windows. The side windows are only a few feet from the neighbor's house so we would like to keep those covered at all times while still letting in light. We would also like a spot for books, and in general more surfaces for decorating (it's hard now to even know where we could put a vase of flowers).
The entryway should be welcoming, with nice lighting and spots for shoes, scarves, gloves, hats, and umbrellas and maybe some decor.
We like clean, contemporary looks that are uncluttered, but still comfortable, cozy, and not too modern/cold. Pops of orange, yellow, or greens against gray, woods, natural colors and textures, would be great. We have a nice view of green trees out of our back windows/door. Examples of the types of decor we like can be found at http://pinterest.com/jessicaface/for-the-home/ . We anticipate our kitchen (and flooring throughout) will be along these lines (http://pinterest.com/pin/186688347025344229/) However, we are also techy and like cute things (like kawaii), so we'd like the decor to reflect us in that way, subtly (like the cute owl pillow we have on the sofa, or the old vacuum tubes in their original shipping crates that we'd love to incorporate into the decor -- turned into lights perhaps? -- picture included).
We plan to execute the project. We do not anticipate needing to continue working extensively with the winning designer, other than perhaps some questions or clarifications, or perhaps asking for further help with the adjoining eat-in area. But the designer would not need to be on site or plan to be available.
We have a new sectional couch (made of pieces of Dune from Arhaus) that we would like to keep. It could be re-arranged with pieces removed (or maybe added, less conveniently). The paintings series must be incorporated (pictured behind the couch). NOTE: Although the photos of the space are mostly accurate, one wall of the living room will change substantially with our planned kitchen remodel, so please work from the blueprints!
Selection Criteria: (1) Combining form and function in the layout with a design that is easy for us to visualize (3D views are very helpful) (2) Aesthetics and color/materials (3) including all of the elements we wish to include: our art, entryway storage, small computer desk, lots of seating for TV, conversation, and snacks, fireplace, some surfaces for decor, bookshelves, lighting, window coverings (4) cost & availability of suggested elements
Deliverables: 3D renderings for visualization, enough detail with respect to fabrics, lighting, and other elements.
We have taken 3D pictures of the living room and entryway. Click on the images linked and you can rotate around the rooms: