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Need the perfect seating arrangement? I've got the solution for you ...

Versatile and FUNctional Floor plan

 I have an awesome new client with young kids.  She's so excited to freshen up her family room which is large and bright but long and narrow.

We're  going to make this space more functional for her kids so my number one priority is to make a comfortable cozy spot for the kids to watch TV and also provide additional seating for entertaining and adult conversation.
 
Since the room is so large I'm going to design two seating areas ... one for the kids to watch TV and one for the adults to hang out and chat and have a cocktail or two or six:)
 
All the while keeping in mind this could be a room that evolves and changes as her kids get older so I'm going to provide her with a very versatile floor plan.

My answer?  Four chairs and an ottoman. It's fun, fresh and modern and if she gets bored with the look someday she can move the chairs around the house!
check it below.




 
 
 
 
sarah richardson
 
otherwise noted all images via pinterest
 
Here's the  floor plan


You can see the room is long and rectangular but plenty big for two seating areas. 
 
When you walk into the room you will be greeted by the four funky fun chairs and a table that will immediately make you want to sit down, relax and stay awhile.
 
But if you want to catch up on the latest sponge-bob square pants episode the four chairs will not obstruct your race to the sofa. Perfect, right?

Here's a few chairs that may work in your home...

oomph

layla grace


z gallerie


layla grace


restoration hardware
 
west elm
serena & lily
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target
amazon
Do you have furniture placement issues in your home? Why not try four chairs and an ottoman?

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15 of the Best Outoor Rugs: Adding Another Layer to Your Outdoor Room


Love the grid
pinned from here

Outdoor flat screens... a must:)
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How would you like to relax in here?
 

Before we know it, we'll be sipping frozen cocktails on our porches and patios this summer so we might as well do it in style!

Although I'd love to discuss outdoor flat screens, rooms over pools, etc. I'm going to focus on outdoor rugs today.

So if you missed earlier posts I discussed where to buy your affordable outdoor loungey furniture here and where to place all of your beautiful flowers here.

Now I'm moving onto the finishing touches with my favorite outdoor rugs. So, take a gander...

Love the blue and white!
frontgate

For all you anglophiles

Are these crazy fun or what?


All three above available at Dash and Albert.

 
You can't go wrong with a classic stripe

ballard designs
 
Dash and Albert
Layla Grace

Dash and Albert



You dog, you!

Hayneedle
 
Even more pattern...
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Layla Grace
Wayfair
grandin road



Neutrals your thang?
 
Restoration Hardware
 
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Wayfair

Next part of this series will include outdoor accessories. Stay tuned...wohoo!!

Guest post...


Looking to give an old, outdated piece of furniture a more modern look?

Well, I have a very talented designer friend, Shannon Duzy, who is a fabulous do-it-yourselfer and loves to tackle projects like painting furniture on her own. So I hope you enjoy her guest post on ...
 
How To Make Your Own Chalk Paint

Hi there! Shannon Duzy from Duzy Designs here and I had several pieces of furniture in my home that needed some serious painting.  I wanted to paint the furniture with chalk paint because I knew there was no prep work needed and the paint sticks to the furniture very well.
 
So I did some research on chalk paint. I found an easy recipe: use one cup of latex paint in any color and finish (flat, semigloss, etc.) and then add 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout.

product used
 
 
The grout makes the paint very thick and the finish very durable. I use Johnsons clear wax as a top coat and sealer.
 
I use this chalk paint on every project because you don't have to sand the furniture and can easily mix the paint in a red solo cup which makes clean up easy. Here is a piece I painted with my chalk paint recipe. So go ahead and give it a try yourself!

During
Finished piece

Hope you enjoyed this do-it-yourself project!! Until next time ...

Need Some Inspiration For Your Outdoor Space?



Have at it:) ...




BHG



My space. I know it's crying for an outdoor carpet, some fresh pillows and plantings. It's coming and it's gonna look crazy good (I think)! So stay tuned...

 

Furniture Restoration Hardware


Outdoor Seating Roundup!


Ok people, I have perused the internet for your enjoyment and mine and found some nice loungey furniture for you. I gathered up pieces at all different price points so you can enjoy your outdoor space as much as we do! Check it out below...



Kipling at the Well-Appointed Home
sofa $4922
Horchow
$2795



Horchow
$2,100



Frontgate
sofa starting at $3295


Frontgate
set $4895

Frontgate
starting at $395 for balcony seating

 
Restoration Hardware - yes this is outdoor!
starting at $2800

Restoration Hardware
loveseat starting at $1250 cushions not included






Overstock.com
$2799.99 includes what you see here
Pottery Barn
set starting at $2349

Crate and Barrel
Chair starting at $924 with sunbrella cushions


Target
$999
Includes: Seat Cushions, Seat Cushion, Ottoman, Ottoman Cushion, 3 Toss Pillows, 2 Right Arm Sectional Seats, Back Pillows






West Elm
 $764
cushions included

Lowes
Includes what you see here for $895




Home Depot
Includes what you see here for $799



Walmart
$348
I hope this helps with your shopping efforts so you can relax and enjoy ... now all we need is the warm weather to go with it!

P.S. In case you didn't know the new West Elm store will be opening in King of Prussia on May 16th! (yipee)