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Adam sent us some good questions and some good pictures. Hi AT, "I need some advice about the living room in my apartment. I'm lucky enough to live in the top floor of a beautiful 1890s brownstone in Chicago. The building was rehabbed about a decade ago, so the front of the apartment has a really nice large space that suits my somewhat more modern aesthetic. Unfortunately, I'm struggling to make the space feel cohesive and to knit together the seating area in the living room. I've attached a few photos that I hope show the layout and feel of the space. Any advice you have would be great."

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"Here are just a few of the things that I'm struggling with about the space:

1. I've never been a big fan of rugs (I love clean hardwood floors), but I think that maybe I should really get a rug for the main seating area to add some color to the room more clearly define the seating
ares. Do you agree? I really like emma gardner rugs (the more
subtle ones), but I'm not sure that I can afford one.

2. I still haven't found chairs for the main sitting area. I currently have a CB2 surf chair and an old dining room chair doing duty in the area, but I want to replace both. Do you think that I should try to get matching chairs -- again in order to make the seating area more cohesive? I tend to like low slung chairs, like the Hans Wegner CH25 (rope) chair. Do you think that sort of chair
would work well, or that I should use chairs with more heft to them?

3. Should I do something with the big bay window area on the far side of the seating area? I have no idea what to do with that space.

Thanks a bunch,
Adam

ps: I know that I desperately need a nice piece of art for over the mantle, and I'm working on that, but I just haven't found anything that I love quite yet."

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It's a such a lovely, welcoming room - an excellent start!

We think a rug would add so much to the space and the Emma Gardner ones are beautiful. Angela Adams might be a more reasonably priced alternative to consider. We'd REALLY like something shaggy with amazing texture and high pile in white or cream in this room.

We love the Wegner chair, and think that it is a perfect fit to the sunny, natural Scandanavian vibe of your room. We wouldn't go for anything more solid or hefty - we like that your furniture is up on legs showing off the wood floors you love.

We'd put a low, modern bench with one or two big gorgeous healthy green plants placed at one end in the window area. We wouldn't want to "fill up" the area visually but just add more life to that part of the space.

Ok, everyone, now its time for you to put on your designer hats and give Adam some ideas!

Thanks, Adam!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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