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May 5, 2016

BLAKE FAMILY ROOM

FURNITURE PLACEMENT

I have been working on my room.  The spring breaks have finally quit.  
SO SORRY FOR THE DELAY AS I GOT OVER THE FLU AND THEN CAUGHT UP!
We rearranged the furniture and we think it is great.   I need some help with a few things.  
AWESOME.  GLAD THE FURNITURE PLACEMENT IS WORKING OUT!
We moved our desk to under the window and love it there.   I think I want to keep the desk ( too many memories) but need to paint or restain it and get new handles.  (1 of the handles is broken so I need to change all).  The handles will need a back to hide the old holes.   Ideas on color/stain and where to look for handles.

FOR THE DESK, I WOULD TRY A PAINTED FINISH - MAYBE AN ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT - STEPHANIE BOYD HAS USED THAT, I THINK, AND ITS PRETTY EASY.  PULL A COLOR OUT OF THAT GORGEOUS RUG - POSSIBLY A GRAY, OR A CREAM COLOR.   YOU MAY WANT TO TOP IT WITH GLASS TO PROTECT THE FINISH.  THIS WILL BE EASIER THAN TRYING TO MATCH THE MAHOGANY ON THE OTHER WOOD, AND KEEP THE ROOM FROM FEELING TOO HEAVY.  


FOR HANDLES, GO TO 
http://doorhardwareusa.com/landing/429?gclid=CJSbq-exs8wCFYSDaQodBHkJPA
https://www.knobs.co/cabinet-hardware.php
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Cabinet-Hardware/20281/subcat.html
http://www.topknobsandpulls.com/Top-Selling
MOST WILL HAVE BACKPLATES IF YOU NEED THEM, AND A GOOD VARIETY OF STYLES AND MATERIALS.

I also moved the glass coffee table from my living room into the big room.  What do you think?

I THINK THE GLASS COFFEE TABLE DOESN'T CARRY ENOUGH WEIGHT NEXT TO THE HEAVY LEATHER PIECES AND THE SIZE OF THE ROOM. IT NEEDS TO BE LARGER AND BULKIER, SOMETHING MORE LIKE THIS:
http://www.livingspaces.com/ProductView.aspx?productId=59077&utm_medium=products&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Ci_PLA_Shopping_II&landing=product_listing&lsft=original_click:pla_multichannel&gclid=Cj0KEQjwjIy5BRClh8m_9Zu64d8BEiQAtZsQfza3-oo_JF_TNqNE3R69RF98kwIhm7GAjyCabFHjmTUaAtsq8P8HAQ

http://www.livingspaces.com/ProductView.aspx?productId=86825
https://www.nfm.com/DetailsPage.aspx?productid=38263901
http://www.potterybarn.com/products/raleigh-ottoman/?pkey=ccoffee-side-console-tables%7Ccoffee-tables&&ccoffee-side-console-tables|coffee-tables
I ACTUALLY THOUGHT A TRUNK, AND REMEMBERED THE ONE BY YOUR ENTRY - BUT IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, IT THINK THAT WAS A LITTLE HIGH?

 Ideas on what to put on it?  


PUT A TRAY ON IT, AND ADD BOOKS, A BOX FOR REMOTES, A PLANT OR FLORAL (FAUX IS OK), AN OBJECT - (MAYBE ONE OF YOUR GLOBES?) HERE ARE SOME IDEAS ALONG THAT LINE.  THE TRAY WILL KEEP SMALL THINGS CONTAINED AND LEAVE SPACE FOR DRINKS OR SNACKS.



 Also ideas on the fireplace decor??  I just put the flowers to hide the plugs and cords.

MAYBE JUST PUT CANDLESTICKS OR HURRICANES OR TALLER FLORALS THERE INSTEAD OF THE LAMPS SO THAT YOU DON'T HAVE CORDS, OR MAYBE ADD A GREEN PLANT IN THE MIDDLE - I LOVE THE ARTWORK.  
Sorry, have to imagine your art in the middle instead of these 3



You had mention your bar stools and where you got them?   Would love to see them.
I LIKE THESE:
http://www.grandinroad.com/julien-bar-stool/374607
COMES IN BOTH COUNTER AND BAR HEIGHT AND ABOUT 16 COLORS

THESE ARE THE ONES I HAVE - WITH MORE WEATHERED LEGS.
http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Renate-Coffee-Bar-Stools-Set-of-2/8699295/product.html
COMES IN BOTH COUNTER AND BAR HEIGHT AND SEVERAL WOOD AND SEAT COLORS

So I moved the bookcase on the long wall by the desk.  I like how it breaks up the wall.  You had mentioned you would send picture ideas.  
I'M CURRENTLY EDITING THE BOTANICALS AND WILL SEND AS SOON AS I HAVE A COLLECTION IN THE RIGHT COLORS FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM - VERY SOON.  BUT HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES FOR YOU TO SEE.






Now what do you think the spot where the bookcase was.   I think I need something but very narrow????
DON'T WANT TO CROWD THAT AREA - OR MAKE IT FEEL HEAVY - MAYBE A PAINTED CONSOLE TABLE? OR SOMETHING ON THE WALL INSTEAD OF THE FLOOR.


I know I still need some better end tables.  DO YOU WANT SOME EXAMPLES?

I have gone and looked at fabric for drapes. It is somewhat overwhelming. I will send some ideas later.  One big problem is that my three windows are not even on top. I think I need a valence to hide the flaw.  What do you think?  I still want the long drops on the sides.    

I CAN BARELY TELL THEY AREN'T EVEN.  
CAN WE POSITION THE ROD SO THAT IT HIDES THE UNEVEN WINDOWS?  REALLY DON'T WANT TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE TO THE CURTAINS.

AS FAR AS FABRIC - WITH THE PATTERN IN THE RUG, WE WOULD NEED A VERY SMALL GEOMETRIC OR NO PRINT AT ALL ON THE CURTAINS, SO THAT THEY DON'T CLASH.  SIMPLE, CLEAN-LINED DRAPES - MORE TAILORED, WITH MAYBE JUST A TOUCH OF SOMETHING FUN ON THE LEADING EDGE (INSIDE EDGE).





THEY CAN BLEND IN LIKE THESE ABOVE, OR YOU CAN MAKE THEM A COLOR THAT STANDS OUT  MORE, BUT DON'T OVERPOWER THE RUG, AS THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL IT NEEDS TO STAND OUT.   SO, DEEP PURPLE, GRAY, MEDIUM PURPLE, LAVENDER, LIGHT GRAY - EVEN CREAM OR WHITE.  LINEN, VELVET - NOTHING SHEER OR TOO LIGHT WEIGHT.

THE TABLE AREA JUST NEEDS SOME CHAIRS - HERE ARE THE ONES I PICTURED THERE:  YOU CAN BORROW ONE FOR THE DESK, TOO.   I LIKE THE OVAL BACKED ONES, BUT THERE ARE OTHER SHAPES AND PLENTY OF COLORS THAT WILL WORK.









Thanks for your help. I know I need to keep working on this.  I will send pictures in other emails. 
HOW ARE WE SET FOR LAMPS?
EXCITED TO SEE THE RESULT OF YOUR HARD WORK!   Claudine
Stephanie 






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Thanks for your note.  I’m excited to see what we can do together for my family room.  We need lots of help with the placement of furniture.  The room is large which we love.  We love the colors we have.  We bought the rug for the room and choose the paint off the rug.  We also recovered the love seat for the room. I also need ideas for the drapes for the two sets of windows.   I have put the answers to your questions in your note below IN ALL CAPS.  Let me know if you have any more questions.  Stephanie.


Here are some questions I have:  the paint looks fairly new - are you happy with it or is that something you want to change?  WE LIKE THE COLOR OF THE ROOM AND DON’T WANT TO CHANGE IT
What do you want to change in this room - what is your goal?  WE HAVE THREE GOALS FOR THE ROOM—FIRST IS TO MAKE A NICE SITTING AREA THAT INCORPORATES THE NEW FIREPLACE IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM AND THE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER.  SECOND IS TO HAVE A USABLE DESK SOMEPLACE IN THE ROOM.



 THIRD IS TO INCORPORATE THE GAME/PUZZLE TABLE WE HAVE FOR THE ROOM.



Are you wanting to change any of the furniture or is it staying?THE TWO LEATHER COUCHES ARE FAIRLY NEW AND WE LOVE THEM.  WE’D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THEM.  THE SMALLER PURPLE LOVESEAT IS A FAMILY HEIRLOOM, WHICH WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP AS WELL.




 THE PUZZLE/GAME TABLE IS A NEW ITEM I PURCHASED FOR THE ROOM AND WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT.  WE DON’T NEED TO KEEP THE DESK THAT IS THERE, BUT WE DO WANT A DESK FOR THE ROOM.  


WE DON’T NEED TO KEEP THE RECLINER/MASSAGE CHAIR THAT IS THERE.  AND I HAVE HAD AN ONGOING DEBATE WITH MY HUSBAND ABOUT THE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER.  MY HUSBAND THINKS WE CAN GET RID OF IT, BUT IF WE DO, THEN THERE’S A WHOLE BUNCH OF STUFF THAT WE’D HAVE TO FIND STORAGE FOR.  SO I DON’T NECESSARILY SEE A WAY TO GET RID OF IT.


Is the desk area for a computer area or a work area - in other words how will you use the desk area?  THE DESK IS MAINLY FOR A COMPUTER/PRINTER/SCANNER.  WE DON’T REALLY USE THE DESK FOR MUCH ELSE.


You have traditional taste and elegant touches in this room which is a more formal look - do we continue that direction?  Do you want a more casual feel? What are you happy and not happy with in this room? WE TEND TO BE A LITTLE MORE FORMAL/ELEGANT IN OUR TASTES, BUT WE RECOGNIZE THIS IS A FAMILY ROOM, NOT A LIVING ROOM.  SO WE DON’T WANT TO GO TOO FORMAL AND WOULD BE HAPPY WITH SOMETHING A LITTLE LESS FORMAL.  BUT WE’RE NOT REALLY TOTALLY CASUAL PEOPLE, EITHER.  SOMETHING IN THE MIDDLE

That should get you started!  Just answer as best you can - no stress - just getting to know you and what your vision is for this room.

Thanks!  Excited to work on this with you!