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Old 11-24-2016, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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We are considering purchasing an architecturally interesting home, but am at a loss to decorate the main living space, the family room (will act as our LR and DR area). There isn't a stick of furniture in the home to give me any sort of orientation (I admittedly have spatial issues in picturing what something may look like).

The FR is basically a wedge of a circle...it's appx. 30 feet by 15 feet.

While the space is impressive (16 foot ceiling), the LR has two opposing anchors...on one side is a fireplace centered on 3 steps up to the kitchen. On the other side of the FR is a built in entertainment center (would be costly to change out/eliminate due to older tiled floor.

I thought of doing back-to-back sofas, but they take up too much space...not enough space left for walking around them and having a DR table.

The only thing I can think of is, chairs, lots of chairs....recliners or chairs with ottomans, then a DR set next to the fireplace.

The only other idea I have is to 'ignore' the fireplace (not have any seating facing it), but that runs counter to my appreciation of a nice fire on a cool evening.

Anyone have hints on decorating a round space with these limitations?
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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We are considering purchasing an architecturally interesting home, but am at a loss to decorate the main living space, the family room (will act as our LR and DR area). There isn't a stick of furniture in the home to give me any sort of orientation (I admittedly have spatial issues in picturing what something may look like).

The FR is basically a wedge of a circle...it's appx. 30 feet by 15 feet.

While the space is impressive (16 foot ceiling), the LR has two opposing anchors...on one side is a fireplace centered on 3 steps up to the kitchen. On the other side of the FR is a built in entertainment center (would be costly to change out/eliminate due to older tiled floor.

I thought of doing back-to-back sofas, but they take up too much space...not enough space left for walking around them and having a DR table.

The only thing I can think of is, chairs, lots of chairs....recliners or chairs with ottomans, then a DR set next to the fireplace.

The only other idea I have is to 'ignore' the fireplace (not have any seating facing it), but that runs counter to my appreciation of a nice fire on a cool evening.

Anyone have hints on decorating a round space with these limitations?
https://www.google.com/search?q=roun...cFZOJCsTwVM%3A

Here are some images for you.

I think your furnishings cannot be bought easily from a furniture store. You might have to have special stuff made for a lot of rooms.

Honestly, I would not do this. It just sounds like a headache to me. But, if you absolutely love the house, you will have to figure out how to think about furnishing it. If you buy a sofa, it will probably have to stand in the middle of a room, for instance. I do think chairs are probably a better option for most of the seating. And there are sectionals that have curved backs. One of those might work.

Where and how would you set up a TV. You could not easily hang it on the wall.

Lots of considerations here. Think long and hard for before purchasing. Also think about resale if you decide you need to move. What is the market for a house like this? I imagine this house has been for sale for awhile?

Good luck, whatever your decision.
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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https://www.google.com/search?q=roun...cFZOJCsTwVM%3A

Here are some images for you.

I think your furnishings cannot be bought easily from a furniture store. You might have to have special stuff made for a lot of rooms.

Honestly, I would not do this. It just sounds like a headache to me. But, if you absolutely love the house, you will have to figure out how to think about furnishing it. If you buy a sofa, it will probably have to stand in the middle of a room, for instance. I do think chairs are probably a better option for most of the seating. And there are sectionals that have curved backs. One of those might work.

Where and how would you set up a TV. You could not easily hang it on the wall.

Lots of considerations here. Think long and hard for before purchasing. Also think about resale if you decide you need to move. What is the market for a house like this? I imagine this house has been for sale for awhile?

Good luck, whatever your decision.
The TV would go into the entertainment center.

I'm tending to agree that decorating it will require made-to-order (read: very expensive) furniture. I didn't want to muddy my first post with other concerns....there are big windows (8+ feet tall) that come down almost to floor, every 6 feet around the room...those are another issue with furniture placement. I just wish I could see what furniture was in the room before it was emptied. It was built in 1990, only 2 owners (current owners in it since 2009). Very pricey area.

My partner is the one who's really head over heels for this house....it's not just the architecture for him...it's also on 2+ acres with killer views.

He too is worried about resale issues. I'm guessing we'll pass, at least for now, and see if we can get something nearby with as good a lot/view. Though so far, it's the best lot and most interesting home on the immediate market.

Thanks for the link.
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Old 11-28-2016, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, Fl.
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Hi !

I think the house sounds gorgeous! I believe it might be American Leather, that does an S curved sectional, so you can sit on different sides. Then perhaps swivel chairs might work, too. I would want to see pictures of the space, but would not turn down the house, due to not knowing how to decorate the space. I am sure you can find a decorator or designer to work with you. I have done houses long distance just from photos and conversations with owners. It sounds like fun. Let me know!
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Old 11-28-2016, 07:07 PM
 
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Way cool, from my own studies done on round home they're cozy and comfortable, with no cold spots or dead corners. plus our world round and not square so mentally it can play a part in folks overall wellbeing and frame of mind! A round sofa works great in a round home...
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