I know I’ve shared a few photos here and there mostly of this angle of our living room but there has never been a true reveal. To be honest this is because I’ve never really felt like this room was “done.” It has always been awkward to me with a lot of traffic flow, the mantel which should be the focal point but of course for practical reasons can not because we also need a place for the TV, all without impeding the door out to the screened porch.
On the opposite direction there are three doors, the one on the far right (you can’t see) leads to the bedrooms, the middle one into the entry hall and the one on the left into the kitchen, and lets not forget the oddly placed built-in right in the center of an off-center wall. The whole room is awkward and a feels like it needs to be about 3′ wider to make the traffic flow really work.
Well guys today I’m “revealing” it all because I finally feel like I’ve got it settled. I last week’s Eddie Ross mantel was the final piece of the puzzle that made it complete. Before adding the painted mantel the sofa wall felt too heavy but now with a big statement reclaiming the mantel as the focal point, it all seems balanced.
In the end there was only one way to make this room work. I had to leave the two traffic paths open and arrange everything around those. I put the TV opposite the sofa leaving space in front for traffic out to the porch without sacrificing a good TV viewing (well as long as no one walks by.)
And by leaving the pathway between the built-ins and the back of the sofa open I created a separation between the living space and work space I was able to make by adding an extension to the built-in.
plus the built-ins can house all my files and work supplies as well as my collected goodies.
The sectional we already owned has worked perfectly in this room, we tried our regular sofa with all different chair arrangements and I never could get it to make sense but the sectional, because it is not too large, fills the space nicely.
Now with the addition of my colorful collections I finally have this living space feeling like home.