Hallelujah, it’s Friiiiiday! Before I sign out for the week, I thought we could talk about my apartment. So, I’m still not ready to show you guys the decor of my new pad. Great things take time, right? But I thought it might be interesting to learn a bit more about the space planning process.
I love shelter magazines, but to me, their one downfall is they focus too much on detail shots and don’t always show you enough of the whole room. I want to know not only what makes a room pretty, but what makes a room work. What did they do with that awkward corner? How far apart is that sofa from those chairs? What else is happening in the room? Details make good pictures, but layouts make good life.
Every space has it challenges. In small spaces you have to get creative with storage. In narrow spaces you have to choose the right furniture that won’t crowd rooms. And in large spaces, you have to massage the furniture layout to make sure pieces fill up the room appropriately. My space is big. Pretty much a big square box with lots of juts.
Allow me to show you my floor plan….
So what would I do with 525 square feet of open living room?
One thing I knew for sure was that I wasn’t going to push everything against the walls, leaving a vast expanse in the middle of the apartment. I needed to float furniture and create areas. Living area, dining area, entry area, office area… all in one big room.
The first thing I think about when designing a space plan is, What do you see when you walk in the door? For me, its a bunch of ugly black beams that break up the kitchen. (This place used to be a factory, so there are a lot of beams in odd places!) This is the ugliest angle in the whole apartment, so I knew I wanted to distract the eye with other elements. I decided that placing the dining area in front of the kitchen would help fill the space and take the focus away from the beams.
Once I’d selected my dining area, I thought about where I should position the living room. The dressing room really cuts into the left side, so the right side made the most sense for fitting a seating area.
You should know that I’m a TV watcher. Not a crazy amount, don’t judge, but enough to want to organize my living room in a way that is conducive to seeing my television. It is important to me that the TV be viewable, but NOT be the focal point. I want the other good stuff to stand out at me! There is this strange built-in niche on the right wall. It’s big enough to hold a TV so it feels less obtrusive. So the TV found a home.
So how would I handle the odd left wall? This wall juts in and out awkwardly due to my very large walk-in closet. No worries, just an opportunity to create more zones. I love being able to carve out a cozy office nook in this big open loft. Looking forward to finishing my “officette”!
So last but not least, I mapped out the front wall… my welcoming zone
! I’ve always wanted both an entry bench and
an entry console, but have never had the space before. Now~ even though I don’t technically have an entry~ I have the most spacious entry ever. It’s awesome. Well, it will be if I ever hang my art wall. Why is hanging Art So Very Daunting?
Next I laid out my thoughts and created a floor plan. To scale of course
. I must say I love it lots. It’s lofty and spacious yet still cozy and homey. Each space has a purpose and I enjoy every section of my pad. I find myself purposely going over to my entrance bench, just because I enjoy it so much. (I try to love all my furniture equally, but let’s be real, my sofa gets the most attention
I am also using a lot of rugs to help designate spaces. (The dotted rectangles are rugs) It has a lovely warming effect. You’ll see.
I had a moment where I wanted the TV niche to be bookshelves instead, and I moved the sofa so that it faced the front wall. But it just didn’t work for me.
So, tell me, do floor plans fascinate you too? What about the layout? How would you have set up my space?
OK, I’m off. Thanks so much for all of you who’ve checked in this week. It’s pretty cool that there are so many people out there, across the country, across the world, that share my love for design. Thanks for sharing your time with me!
I’m pumped to make moves this weekend. Woot woot! Gotta whip this place into shape so I can show something other than blank walls and bad I-phone pics!