My Old Apartment

Living Room Layout: Take Two

As mentioned in my previous post, I’m fighting with the layout of my living room.  I’ve started a nice little collection of mid-century modern furnishings, but have not yet found a great way to arrange it.

The other night I played around a bit with the layout. Quick recap: I was fighting to arrange my chairs and sofa in a cozy grouping around the glass and chrome coffee table, while maintaining an open flow through the living room to the rest of the condo. Here’s the result of Living Room Layout – Take Two:

Note that I moved the fun and funky record cabinet to the side of the sofa, where it can double as an end table. I wanted it to be able to shine, which was not happening in its previous home (the corner by the window).

I think I’m over the home-dyed pink sofa. At least in a room with flesh-colored walls, that is. It was fun while it lasted, but as soon as I can, I’m dying that brave little slipcover a nice and neutral taupey-brown. Hopefully I’ll eventually score an authentic vintage mid-century modern sofa. Backup plan: this bargain reproduction from Urban Outfitters.

Note that that wall with the console on it is the future home of the aforementioned enormous modern painting (54×72 inches). Tonight I’m going to move the console and try sandwiching the two chairs around the record cabinet – right where the console currently sits in the photo below:

See that crazy-ugly modular air conditioning/heater unit built into the wall under the windows? I’d almost forgotten how hideous it was, until some nice folks on Rate My Space pointed out that I should try and mask it with a table over it. That comment inspired me to design a cabinet to run the entire length of the windows, masking the a/c and adding some crafty storage in the process. (I’m thinking baskets on shelves for dog leashes, muddy dog-walking shoes, mail, and the like…)
Thanks to my super-awesome and uber-handy dad and his table saw extraordinaire, I’ll have that installed in a jiffy. (Hear that, Pops? The pressure’s on!)
Between that and the window treatments I’m making for the windows, that area should rocket from a D- to an A+ in no time at all.
A few notes:
  • The flesh must flee. Need to re-paint the walls to a much lighter, and much less fleshy, neutral off-white. I’m thinking a grayish-white.
  • Pretty in Pink . . . only applies to small doses. Enough with the pink sofa. Hope to re-dye it to a neutral tan this weekend.
I’m still not satisfied with the furniture layout, however. The back wall with the three photos on it feels naked and somewhat lost now. Hopefully the ever-patient Ryan will help me move the furniture to one more test layout tonight…so check back soon, and please, all – give me your thoughts on the layout!

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  • Reply Robin at 1:37 pm

    I love the new layout! I think it fits with the flow of the room. I can totally see where you might be over the pink color. Does RIT make neutral-colored dyes?

  • Reply Julia at 8:21 pm

    Looks great! And I absolutely do not mind a copycat, just let the primer dry… maybe even a couple days. Tacky paint is no ones friend.

  • Reply Karli @ RockyBella at 5:06 am

    I like take 2. Where in the world did you get those chairs? I LOVE them.

  • Reply Jane at 3:45 pm

    Thanks! The chairs were a steal at the Golden Nugget Flea Market in Lambertville, NJ.

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