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Old 02-11-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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I know I've asked before, but I need ideas- How do I use this room???
The front room when you walk in my front door. If you have ideas that's great but pic would help. I'm one - have to see, can't imagine. The LR is to teh right of Front door, Kitchen is straight ahead of front door. I can remove the ceiling fan.

standing in kitchen - you are looking at front door

<a href="front door picture by angelcute2me - Photobucket" target="_blank"><img src="http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww206/angelcute2me/room003.jpg (broken link)" border="0" alt="front door"></a>

standing at front door- you can see how room opens up

<a href="room006.jpg picture by angelcute2me - Photobucket" target="_blank"><img src="http://i720.photobucket.com/albums/ww206/angelcute2me/room006.jpg (broken link)" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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Old 02-11-2009, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I would use the area as a library with comfortable seating and nice lighting. You can really make it a cozy area. It looks like a very nice space.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Interesting- I see how it's a very open space, to the living room area, the kitchen and the hallway. It's a bit of an awkward space to put furniture in since it really only has 2 main walls (window & left of door) otherwise it's open to all other areas-

I definately suggest finding a large mirror, or a set of 3 square mirrors in a row, or piece of large artwork (fine art or photography-
<a href="http://www.etsy.com"></a> - a GREAT site for finding reasonably priced art) for the wall that is on the left when you first walk in. It really may be a chance to turn it into a grand entrance area like you see in very large, formal houses. But you can do it on a smaller scale, and more to whatever your taste & budget is.

For example, why not find a beautiful chandelier to put in place of the fan? Our website is chock full of ideas, <a href="http://primed4design.blogspot.com"></a> . Every Tuesday we feature a unique chandelier we find online (Some budget friendly, some not) but they help give an idea of a style you might go for.

Here is our friend's entryway @ his home in LA, something similar in your entry"room" might be really nice- <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/primed4design/2747380495/in/set-72157606634963370"></a>

The light he has over the table would go well with the colors of your wall, you could find something similar. And put a nice dark wood table directly underneath with a big, beautiful sculpture/vases etc. All of this does not have to be expensive, you could go to thrift stores, find a round table, stain it a dark color, etc. Or potterybarn, ikea, target, pier one etc.

And lastly, I agree you should have some books in that area as well, it would be great to place the book shelf under the front window, something like this- <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90111027"></a> , or place the bookshelf under a large mirror/artwork against the large main wall in that room.

Whew, lots of writing! Hope this helps! Please let us know if you need anymore help with any othe tips-it's what we do!

Jen
<a href="http://primed4design.blogspot.com"></a>

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Old 02-12-2009, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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sorry, not sure why the links are not working, if you just ignore all the code and just copy paste the link, they should work!
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:29 AM
 
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I remember you asked if you could use it as a dining room. I'm wondering where your dining area is now? I had a house like that with a space that was hard to use. For a while, we put a computer armoire in it, so when it was closed, it just looked like a nice piece of furniture. Then we ended up using it as a living area. To be honest, I would use it as it was intended, a dining area. It looks big enough not to look like you are a "party crasher" as one poster put it. If you play the piano, I'd say put a piano in it.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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Still can't get the pic to work...would love to see them.
Thanks to you and the others for all the ideas.
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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sorry, new to the forum- let me know if the links work on this below!


Interesting- I see how it's a very open space, to the living room area, the kitchen and the hallway. It's a bit of an awkward space to put furniture in since it really only has 2 main walls (window & left of door) otherwise it's open to all other areas-

I definately suggest finding a large mirror, or a set of 3 square mirrors in a row, or piece of large artwork (fine art or photography- Etsy :: Your place to buy and sell all things handmade - a GREAT site for finding reasonably priced art) for the wall that is on the left when you first walk in. It really may be a chance to turn it into a grand entrance area like you see in very large, formal houses. But you can do it on a smaller scale, and more to whatever your taste & budget is.

For example, why not find a beautiful chandelier to put in place of the fan? Our website is chock full of ideas, Primed4Design . Every Tuesday we feature a unique chandelier we find online (Some budget friendly, some not) but they help give an idea of a style you might go for.

Here is our friend's entryway @ his home in LA, something similar in your entry"room" might be really nice- Foyer Entry on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/primed4design/2747380495/in/set-72157606634963370 - broken link)

The light he has over the table would go well with the colors of your wall, you could find something similar. And put a nice dark wood table directly underneath with a big, beautiful sculpture/vases etc. All of this does not have to be expensive, you could go to thrift stores, find a round table, stain it a dark color, etc. Or potterybarn, ikea, target, pier one etc.

And lastly, I agree you should have some books in that area as well, it would be great to place the book shelf under the front window, something like this- IKEA | Storage furniture | Bookcases | MARKÖR | Bookcase (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90111027 - broken link) , or place the bookshelf under a large mirror/artwork against the large main wall in that room.

Whew, lots of writing! Hope this helps! Please let us know if you need anymore help with any othe tips-it's what we do!

Jen
Primed4Design
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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got them working! I see now where the link selection was!
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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I am wondering if you have a dining room? If not, you could certainly set it up as a dining room. Or you could make a nice reading room/library setting with shelf against the wall and a couple of cozy chairs. You might want to consider using some type of shelving unit, the kind that is open on both sides, to divide your area. you could arrange some very attractive collectibles that would be visible from both sides. just enough to delineate the areas. a nice area rug on the floor would also help with defining the space.
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