How I Transformed A Neglected Living Room : A Case Study

Full Living Room

Many young couples purchase a home and furnish the most   important and immediate spaces.  Kitchen table and chairs, family room to relax and enjoy watching TV or playing games and of course the bedrooms are taken care of.  You may relate and like in many homes, have no furniture in your living and dining rooms.   

My long time client called me in for the interior design of one last neglected space that she was eager to complete. I had assisted them with their home since they moved in about 8 years ago with a small boy and baby on the way.  

Initially, we modified a boring staircase into a gently bowed Juliet balcony over the foyer.  We designed the family room, a playroom for the kids and a master bedroom suite complete with spa-like bathroom. 

 A few years ago, we tackled the dining room for holiday entertaining.

This left one last space: the living room! 


 They were now ready to start some serious entertaining.  The kids were a bit older and could play alone with friends in their playroom while the adults could enjoy a more sophisticated space for cocktails and conversation next to a glowing fireplace. 

After working with this family for so many years, we were comfortable with each other and the project fell into place easily – we were on the same wavelength.  The interior design style would be contemporary clean lines with a practical approach to maintenance and ease of use.  

 First order of business was to decide what to do with the outdated painted fireplace.  An off white custom concrete vertical façade and floating hearth was designed giving the room a different feel as well as provide some much needed illusion of height.  New custom black and glass fireplace doors maintained the energy efficiency of the gas fireplace with air circulation capability.


 The homeowner really wanted a baby grand piano in the room – she was hoping her father would give her the one she grew up with.  And the family loved to play games – all kinds.  The room was narrow and had space restraints.  The solution was to incorporate a game table in an entry corner with a striking chandelier,which could be replaced with the piano in the future.  

Custom two-toned cabinets store games and hold some of the husband’s many, much loved books.  The size restraints dictated that they house sliding doors on one cabinet and a reverse hinge on the other for access. 

A polished nickel light hovers over one of the storage cabinets for accent lighting as well as art sculpture. 

The chaise longue sits under a side window for quiet reading time when the room is otherwise not occupied.  

The dark grey-green walls provide depth and contrast to the many whites of the furnishings and window treatments.  A full wall of off-white casement drapes allows light to enter while hiding the outdoor furniture and BBQ off the adjacent deck. 

Do you have a neglected room you’d like to transform? 

Call me at 201 233-4636 or e-mail me


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