How To Layout Our Living/Dining Area?

How To Layout Our Living/Dining Area?

Janel Laban
Aug 13, 2009

Q: When we first bought the house we intended on going room to room fixing/designing/decorating as we went. Fast forward, two years later - the main living areas have yet to be touched. We are almost completely out of steam, and could really use a fresh perspective. Hopefully there are some Apartment Therapy readers up for the challenge....

The house is a small 1400sf 1950's Ranch that we share with our two very young sons and our very large dog. We are drawn to things with clean, simple, and modern lines, and have a few pieces of vintage danish modern furniture (not pictured) that we hope to incorporate. We would like to use fresh colors in more muted tones and vintage eclectic finds. The built-in hutch is in the process of being removed to allow for a more open feel.

We want the layout to flow comfortably, even if it means using the living room as the dining room, etc. We would like the great room-like space to accommodate a large wall-mountable TV (without competing with the gigantic 6.5' w fireplace), a small home office, storage(books, toys, DVD's and CD's), a dining area, and plenty of seating for the family and a few guests. Any solutions you could offer would be much appreciated.

A few other details -
Foot traffic is a big obstacle, it cuts right through the middle of the living area on it's way to the kitchen or backyard.
Dimensions for the Dining Room are 12'x9' and for the Living Area are 20'x14'
The longer side of the Living Area has about 12' before the break in the wall and about 4' on the shorter side.

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