I wanted to follow up on our previous post about being published in the Summer issue of Boston Common magazine. Due to editorial limitations, our comments on another house were not used on the story. Sally and I felt they were worthwhile sharing, as they illustrate how we can help a real estate broker better represent a home’s potential, or if we’re working with a client, how we can help them better visualize a room.
We commented on two rooms in the house – a large living room and the kitchen. In this post, I will focus on the living room, which you see below.
In it’s current state, the room struggles with it’s identity. The architecture reminds me of Arts and Crafts detailing. The furniture – I not quit sure what’s going on… The wood trim is too dark while the mantel, which should be the focal point and anchor of the room is too weak. The chandeliers and sconces need help.
We proposed lightening the trim color and reworking the mantel/hearth area creating a cozy inviting place where you would want to settle in a linger – have a good conversation with friends or become absorbed in a good book and add a friendlier chandelier. We proposed adding boxed beams, making the room feel smaller and intimate.
After preparing the sketch, I felt the mantel was too heavy – needing to be softened and lightened in scale and feel. The elevation sketch below is much more to my liking.
Pulling this together was intense and a just little crazy. On the other hand, (occasionally) it’s fun to test yourself and find out what you can create in a limited amount of time.
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