Blank Slate Design Dilemma
I love my house but there is one room that I’ve never known quite what to do with or how to decorate it. It’s the front room. What would you do with this room?
This is the first room you come in to when you enter the house. (This is looking at the front door from the kitchen.)
Here’s how I had it decorated and I hated it. (This is looking towards the room from the front door.)
(This is looking more into the room showing the window area and front door. Oh, and there’s an entry porch on the outside there.)
(And here’s the funny half wall that flanks the stairs. Eventually this will be replaced with ballusters and railing.)
I got rid of the table and chairs shown in these pictures, and I still have the bookshelves. However, I don’t much like the bookshelves because if you look closely, they aren’t deep enough to properly hold my scrapbooks. Not only that, they are dark, and my new flooring will be dark, very close to the color of those bookshelves. They tend to close in the room. The ceilings in this room are quite high – probably 15 feet or so. And then there’s that huge wall that will be empty without the shelves. What to do with that?
The real problem with this room is we don’t know how to use it, therefore I don’t know how to design or furnish it. As you pass through this room, you head to the back of the house where the family room, dining room, and kitchen are. This is where we do everything. The front room ends up being a huge dump site for jackets, backpacks, shoes, purchases, everything that doesn’t have a place – and there’s a lot of that crap around. (Granted, I’m working as you know on solving that part of the problem.)
Having a dining table there just was a magnet for everything. We never ate there as there was another dining table in the dining room. Go figure. Even now, with the room emptied out, it’s still a dump site for blankets and jackets and backpacks. AND I even hung up coat hooks, so I guess there is some habit retraining that needs to occur.
The model homes had this set up as a sitting area. I don’t have that many people over who wouldn’t just come into the family room, so that doesn’t quite work for me. I put the bookshelves in there as I thought I’d have that as a room for “crops” when I had my scrapbooking friends over using the table and having my supplies in the bookshelves. That didn’t work either. There just wasn’t enough room – the bookshelves took up too much space.
I like the gold color on the walls now – it’s a craftsman style color – and I really don’t want to repaint that, although I’m open to suggestions and I could even paint the cream colored walls something different.
Eventually I’ll add crown moulding to the ceiling. For the windows I envisioned high valances and long curtain panels for height, keeping the faux wood blinds behind the drapes.
The only other idea I had was to have some sort of dresser in the entry with closed drawers that we could use for doggie clothes, keys, loose stuff that has no home. Something like this:
Other than that, I have absolutely no idea what to do with this room, or how to decorate it. In the early mornings until about noon, the sun shines in through those windows, so I could maybe see setting it up as a reading nook area where I have my coffee and sit on the computer – kinda like I’m doing now.
My decorating style is leaning toward a mix of Tuscan old world and Tahitian tropical decor. I like the Hawaiian prints (barkcloth) as well as the warm tuscan colors. Anything to warm up a mostly gray and dreary climate.
I’m open to any and all ideas. For a really stunning idea that I end up using, I’ll send you some sort of prize or reward. (No idea what that is yet, but something nice, I’m sure.)
Anyone game? Anyone have any ideas? Fire ’em off this way, puhleeze…. I’m stumped.