Interior Redesign ~ A Contemporary Living Room

Yesterday morning I was over at my dear friend Lara's home for an interior redesign. Lara and her hubby bought this gorgeous traditional style home 4 years ago and are now raising their 4 beautiful children there.

When they first moved in Lara went through the process of purchasing new furnishings for the living room, and although very happy with her choices, she just felt that the room's arrangement could look better.  So she called on me to come over and help give her room a little makeover.

This is what the living room looked like before...

The room is a good size but it was feeling a bit sparse. Now Lara herself loves the cleaner lines and minimalist look of the contemporary style, and there is simply no denying her passion for bold color.  But the red sofa under the red artwork was too much red to all be on one side of the room. So we pulled her sofa off of the wall and placed it facing the fireplace.

Although we loved the look, Lara was a bit concerned that the sofa would be too obstructive to the entry of the room from the foyer, so we took this arrangement and turned it 90 degrees.

Now the sofa is on the opposite side of the room from the wall with the red artwork thus more evenly distributing the red color in the room. This arrangemnet also leads the eye right to the room's focal point...the fireplace.

In the effort to break up the large wall to the left of the fireplace, we moved the small cabinet and lamp from behind the sofa to the wall. We then lowered the picture hanging above the fireplace and placed 3 metal bowls we found in Lara's kitchen cupboard, on the mantel.

We also brought in a leather topped bench from the master bedroom to help anchor the red artwork. This way the artwork doesn't feel as if it is just floating on the wall.

 Lara pulled out of her closet this beautifully hand-crafted Armenian backgammon set, so we placed it under the bench seat to add a little interest!

We moved the target-like artwork to behind the sofa to add color to this wall.

Lara had brought in this step ladder when we went to lower the painting over the fireplace...and then I had an idea...

We placed it in the corner of the room on an angle and then stacked three more silver bowls to mimic the arrangement on the mantel.

Now Lara has a beautifully arranged living room which is color balanced and expressive as well as very functional, plus we had a blast working on it!  Lara said that she couldn't believe we were able to give this room a whole new look just by using items she already had in the house!

So I hope you are enjoying your new living room Lara...it is a real beauty!!

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  1. Oh!! I love it!! The colors are soooo rich!!

  2. Like night and day!!!!!! Love the new arrangement! Great job!
    Dee Dee

  3. that seems like a much cozier space now. good job! and i love those chairs-what fun fabric.

  4. Your redesign is lovely, Barbara! Thank you for sharing your talent at Potpourri Friday!

  5. Now it is a much cozier space, with a very cozy seating area. Her red color is so pretty. The redesign did wonders for this room. Everything seem cohesive now where it wasn't before. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.


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