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    Anybody here any good with Interior Design??? I Need Help!!!

    First of all, I suck at interior design. That's why I'm throwing this out to Foo. The big question my wife and I are debating is whether or not we need a coffee table in our new living room layout. I've never lived in a house without a coffee table, or a sofa for that matter ... it's just weird! What do you guys think? Or would you suggest a completely different layout? Keep in mind, our living room is pretty small.

    We're starting with a clean slate and tossing out/donating all our old furniture. Below is a first kick-at-the-can in laying out our new furniture. Somehow it looks too sparse to me ... although like I said, I suck at interior design. The big rectangular thing in the middle of the room is a throw rug, the rest are chairs and small end tables. Behind the large, round nest chair is a floor lamp.

    The only thing we've purchased so far is the dining room table and chairs, the rest is open to discussion ... except for the awesome nest chair (61" round chair). Below the layout plan are some pics of furniture we're going to purchase.







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    Where does the 60" plasma go?

    Without a coffee table, where do you put the chips and salsa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carbonlife View Post
    Where does the 60" plasma go?

    Without a coffee table, where do you put the chips and salsa?
    Actually, the plasma is going on the wall behind the two chairs with the round table between. I'm not crazy enough to leave that out. Good point about the Chips and Salsa, although all of our serious movie watching will be done downstairs on our projection screen.

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    The furniture doesn't look comfortable. What is this space for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    The furniture doesn't look comfortable. What is this space for?
    Well it's mostly used for entertaining I guess, however we will watch some TV in this room. The nest chair is insanely comfortable. Two people can easily fit in the chair and stretch out. It's 5 feet in diameter. The tub chair is actually not too bad for comfort. If we have more than 4 or 5 people over we can always pull out the dining room chairs. After that, they're going to have to sit on the floor.

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    Form follows function. My first impulse would be to get more seating capacity
    and to make it comfy. For example... what if we lose the chairs, slide the nest chair
    down, and add a sofa, perhaps an L shaped one for the corner area. Under the TV there's room for a love seat. That might be more capacity than you want. But something roomy and comfy would complement the nest chair. Unless you are going for the Pasha surrounded by his humble servants look (kidding).

    I used to get some really comfy furniture from Natuzzi. Great stuff. But now they
    make the same marginally comfy pieces that most companies make.
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    I wouldn't plan on putting the lamp behind the makeout chair-- it wastes space. You'd gain 9"+ of central floor space if it went next to the chair. My natural tendency would be to flip the chair and the end table that divides the living room and the dining room (or, to unify the space more, get rid of the two end tables on the west wall and get one coffee table that can be shared.) You have that chair sort of sneaking into the dining room area-- I think you might want to shoot to not do that to the degree that it is shown. It could create awkwardness.

    Is there a bay window, or is that bricked in?

    I'm assuming that the dining room table isn't to scale because there isn't enough clearance to access the seats that are against the walls? I really like having like a narrow low bookcase or something like that dividing the dining/living space. Flipping through an IKEA catalog might give you some ideas for an intermediary piece of furniture.
    Last edited by kit; 08-03-08 at 10:26 PM. Reason: oops didnt realize you already bought dining table

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    so, you're gonna waste money on stuff you don't really need or want. good going there.

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    I would get a low lying coffee table. Maybe something long and slender like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    Form follows function. My first impulse would be to get more seating capacity
    and to make it comfy. For example... what if we lose the chairs, slide the nest chair
    down, and add a sofa, perhaps an L shaped one for the corner area. Under the TV there's room for a love seat. That might be more capacity than you want. But something roomy and comfy would complement the nest chair.
    Unless you are going for the Pasha surrounded by his humble servants look (kidding).

    I used to get some really comfy furniture from Natuzzi. Great stuff. But now they
    make the same marginally comfy pieces that most companies make
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    Actually I had considered raising the nest chair up so we could look down on our guests

    I think I'm leaning towards your suggestion of a love seat along the shorter wall (below the flat screen). However we both want to stay away from a sofa that sucks all the space out of the room. Currently we have a love seat, sofa and chair, along with an entertainment center and a few other small pieces. Way too much furniture. A chair in front of the dining room will allow a decent sized path to flow through the room. I can't stand having to worm my way around a crowded room.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaotikgrl View Post
    Being so deep the nest chair is probably more for very casual/comfortable sitting. You might use more pillows to make it not so deep for a two guest seat in a talking situation. Id add an ottoman. It could give you the look/use of a coffee table. When needed it would add that even numbered sixth seat for couples
    They do have those ottoman looking coffee tables (with padding on top). That actually might work. I like the idea of having multi-purpose furniture that can give you extra seating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kit View Post
    I wouldn't plan on putting the lamp behind the makeout chair-- it wastes space. You'd gain 9"+ of central floor space if it went next to the chair. My natural tendency would be to flip the chair and the end table that divides the living room and the dining room (or, to unify the space more, get rid of the two end tables on the west wall and get one coffee table that can be shared.) You have that chair sort of sneaking into the dining room area-- I think you might want to shoot to not do that to the degree that it is shown. It could create awkwardness.

    Is there a bay window, or is that bricked in?

    I'm assuming that the dining room table isn't to scale because there isn't enough clearance to access the seats that are against the walls? I really like having like a narrow low bookcase or something like that dividing the dining/living space. Flipping through an IKEA catalog might give you some ideas for an intermediary piece of furniture.
    It's a bay window. It limits the placement of our lamp. In the revised layout below I removed the lamp entirely. We can put a hanging lamp above the chair. I like your idea of a coffee table between the two chairs. See my revised layout below. However instead of a coffee table we could put a narrow cabinet which can also be used as storage but still be low enough as a table top. I also took your idea and moved the chair farther away from the dining room area.

    Yes the table is to scale. I know, I know. It's too big. However there is only 2 of us so we will be leaving the table where it's shown and only using the 2 chairs. When guests are over there is room to move the table out. We purchased a larger table to suit a larger house in the future. We are currently in the process of house-hunting. This new layout is also kind of for staging our house. Although we likely won't be moving for at least a year.

    thanks for the excellent suggestions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
    so, you're gonna waste money on stuff you don't really need or want. good going there.
    Spoken like a true bachelor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadiyah View Post
    I would get a low lying coffee table. Maybe something long and slender like this.
    It's alright, I guess We prefer funky. Our accent tables will most likely be a combination of wood and metal. There's an awesome metal artist in our area that makes interesting tables.

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    Get one of those combination ottoman/coffee-table dealies.

    "It's a floor wax. No, it's a dessert topping. Wait, you're both right."
    Has anyone else noticed that 47 is a magic number?

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    We use a folding tea table as our coffee table. Packs flat when you want the floorspace. My mother in law has a western-styled (as opposed to our Korean one) tea table where the edges fold up to make it smaller (it's normally oval) to save space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    It's alright, I guess We prefer funky. Our accent tables will most likely be a combination of wood and metal. There's an awesome metal artist in our area that makes interesting tables.
    How about this one?

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    I live in a small one bedroom apartment in NY. Just because you have limited space doesn't mean you cant make it home. You may be there a while so make it home.










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    PS: I charge 100 an hour for my services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadiyah View Post
    How about this one?
    That's way too calming. We don't want our guest to feel too comfortable Plus the cost (cough) is a bit much (cough) for some pebbles in a trough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeInItaly View Post
    PS: I charge 100 an hour for my services.
    Is that a leg lamp in the corner



    Actually you have a nice space. You've got a good sense of how to add accent pieces (minus the leg lamp of course). That faux pas alone should reduce your hourly charge to $75 per hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    That's way too calming. We don't want our guest to feel too comfortable Plus the cost (cough) is a bit much (cough) for some pebbles in a trough.
    How about this one?

    That'd be a good way to confuse your guests. They wouldn't be able to tell if it was a functional piece of furniture or some eclectic art piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    Is that a leg lamp in the corner



    Actually you have a nice space. You've got a good sense of how to add accent pieces (minus the leg lamp of course). That faux pas alone should reduce your hourly charge to $75 per hour.
    It's a major award. Electric sex baby. I was gonna put it in my bedroom , but the red velvet walls and well placed mirror already scare some ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadiyah View Post
    How about this one?

    That'd be a good way to confuse your guests. They wouldn't be able to tell if it was a functional piece of furniture or some eclectic art piece.
    Now we're talking ... wait! That table's $2900 bucks That would take away from my flat screen TV budget

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    Now we're talking ... wait! That table's $2900 bucks That would take away from my flat screen TV budget
    LOLOL! Hehe, yeah I didn't even look at the price, sorry. I'm more just looking for ideas for funky coffee table designs. I'm not really saying that you should go out and buy any of them. Just trying to get the creative juices flowing, I guess. And now I feel like I'm being challenged to find a table that you actually like.

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