Remodeling Plans: The Cube Living Room

Remodeling isn't stepped into lightly, in my experience, and for good reason! IT IS CHAOS. Living in it and fixing things up gradually is our take on this home because we didn't have the ability to overhaul it all and live elsewhere before moving in. Already, I'm quite glad we did it this way because we're able to enjoy the house even as it is. It's a fun one, and while improvements like replacing the floors in all 2000 square feet will certainly make it look better, as will the kitchen remodel, some days we're energized just because a well-decorated space that feels personal helps you to see past allllllll of the beige and brown and carpet. 

Here are the before photos of the house's living room. The walls, beams and floors (under the carpet) are all concrete. It's a concrete house completely. Some photos show the sweet previous homeowner's decorations, and the empty shots are of move-in day. Browse through to get a lay of the land before I lay out my dreams for the room...

DREAMING TIME!!!!! I desperately want to make decisions that reflect the Art Deco era in which the house was built while incorporating designs that would have happened since then (think about naturally amassing a collection over those decades), chiefly in midcentury styles. Some items should still look classic or even modern for prime balance and interest that avoids a theme. 

In this concept, the sofa is between the two windows above, with console and giant photo behind, much like it is shown here.

Opposite the sofa would be the brass shelf that's actually twice as wide as the one pictured here. In the nook would be the black armoire. Our art has sold but we'd paint another like this on the wall beside the armoire. The two vintage chairs would be recovered in the navy with pink pillows and sit across from the sofa. Plants tucked in everywhere! The grey swatch is the bamboo blinds we'll be hanging in the whole house.

1. Vintage Milo Baughman brass and glass etagere 2. Art is our own 3. Bamboo shades from Overstock 4. Planters from West Elm 5. Vintage chairs from Space 20th Century Modern 6. Armoire from Ikea

1. Vintage Milo Baughman brass and glass etagere 2. Art is our own 3. Bamboo shades from Overstock 4. Planters from West Elm 5. Vintage chairs from Space 20th Century Modern 6. Armoire from Ikea

Opposite the entry to the room would be this grouping, serving as a buffet since it's right off the too-small-for-one dining room:

Granted, it's hard to imagine it all, but think about the mix of lines, colors and styles. That's the end game here.

What's your favorite thing? What's hardest to picture?