When I saw the most recent sale of Get the Look of Downtown Loft at One Kings Lane, my heart skipped a beat. Not because of the items for sale, but the inspirational photos of the living and dining areas show a layout just like that of our new house! The styling is impeccable - light walls as the background for statement art pieces, an elegantly furnished sitting area, and a traditional dining area with an abundance of natural light. I think One Kings Lane just read my mind!
I've previously talked about how our living/ dining areas are adjacent to each other. Here's the design board for our living room. I'm hoping it'll be be loaded with natural light during the day, just like OKL's photos above.
Here is our furniture plan for the dining area, which is open to the living area, similar to the One Kings Lane photos above.
The dining area is approximately 18' x 14', so our existing dining furniture will fit in nicely. The left side of the dining room will look similar to our previous dining room, where the console table and mirror are placed against the wall.
However, not everything decor-wise will remain the same at the new house. Afterall, moving into another house is the best time to try something new!
The trim-crazy Mr. will no doubt still want to have trims done for the living and dining areas. This time around, instead of a chair rail separating the upper and lower walls, the wainscoting will be from floor to ceiling. The chair rail draws the eyes along the walls, and is more approriate for a large space. With our smaller ground floor at the new house, we want to lead the eyes upwards and that can be achieved by a full floor to ceiling wainscoting.
The style of the wainscoting will be built out, rather than installing rectangular frames on the walls like we did for our previous dining room. We used a similar built-out effect on our kitchen island. We like the minimalist look of inset frames, while the architectural detailing still gives the area an elegant feeling.
With the living and dining areas being open to each other in a smaller area, we would like to go with less heavy fabrics for draperies. A softer look helps to open up the space, while still looking elegant. I went from considering the extreme of a sheers-only look...
... to a sheer on sheer look...
... and then I saw this set of gorgeous linen drapes. Linen still has the light and airy feeling I'm opting for, but it has a slight weight to it that gathers nicely with French pleats. Pair the panels with some nice rods, and we've got a winner!
TWO CHANDELIERS ABOVE DINING TABLE
I had been searching for the longest time for the right dining room lighting fixture at our previous house. At the new house, look no more! We took our chandeliers above the kitchen island with us, and we'll put up the pair above the dining table! That'll for sure be a statement piece of jewelry for the dining room! This is my attempt to visualize the look =)
STATEMENT ART PIECE
At the right side of the dining room, we're planning to hang a statement art piece that measures around 4'H x 3'W. We can leave that wall as is, but it will look too bare. Putting an armchair at the corner with a sidetable would fill up the space nicely, while creating an extra sitting nook... for someone ready to jump to help with dinner, or someone anxiously waiting to nab at food coming out of the kitchen (aka me)..
BAR CART OR CONSOLE TABLE?
In place of the armchair at the corner, we originally thought that would be an excellent spot for a barcart. Since we already have a console table, I think making it into a bar area looks just as attractive, similar to this look:
THE DINING RUG
Ahhhhh, the dining room rug. The search for it seems never-ending. It's a similar situation as the dining room light fixture. Getting the bang for the buck on these investment pieces is just not an easy task, not to mention other factors that we need to consider. From the rug size and style, to practicality like material and pile, it's been a long ride. We prefer rugs with a border, with a muted tone on tone pattern or neutral colours that are subtle against the statement art piece. In short, we've (finally) narrowed down to these several looks.
This pretty much wraps up the ground floor design of our new house. "Small space, big living" is our new motto, and we'll achieve that with practical design of our home. From our entryway, kitchen, living room, and now the dining room, we want to (and need to) utilize and enjoy all the space available. We don't have the luxury of extra space for a "display only" living and dining "museum", though we'll design our space with luxurious touches that are also practical for everyday living.
Practical design is also key when you have a kiddo who grabs any stick-like objects and starts playing floor hockey right then and there...
CAN'T WAIT TO MOVE IN!