ORC - Long and Narrow Family Room Layout and Design Elements

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Yet another long name for my post.  First things first - form follows function, particularly when you're working in a challenging space like my super long and super narrow family room.  


My plan?  Divide and conquer the space.  Because it's such a long room I felt it best to divide into two distinct areas.  One area is for tv viewing - and let's be honest, this is the area that sees the most action.  The second area is my little "library", and I use the term loosely because it basically consists of a table with my favorite books on it flanked by a few chairs.




As you can see, I've had my beloved Lemon Tree fabric made up into a tablecloth for my library table.  More on that later.

So,  my new sofa is what divides the space into the two separate zones.  My sofa is so new I haven't even taken delivery of it yet.  Here's a photo from the web. 
 Is it my dream sofa? It's not the sofa of my biggest, grandest dreams,  but it met size, color and price requirements (50% off because it was a custom order the vendor got wrong)  - and I liked it well enough to pull the trigger.

True to how I usually pull a room together in my own home, there will be lots of repurposed pieces that I've owned for a while and new "finds" that fit my aesthetic - which is mostly classic, but in a modern way.

Another challenge I face is this:

A very long, very white wall - with a hole in it where the 1972 cutting edge intercom system control center was.   Since this wall is, in effect, a corridor that connects the kitchen to the foyer and hallway, I'm thinking it's an excellent opportunity for ceiling to floor art.  Like this

And, finally, here's a little snapshot of how I'm hoping things will come together over the next 5 weeks.


Furniture makeovers and diys start next week.  I feel bad for my crock pot.

Let's go see what the other ladies are up to.


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45 comments:

StagerLinda said...

Kim, you got so many great design elements going into your room. I love your tablecloth, too. The gallery wall will be fun to hang and a great solution. Can't beat a custom sofa at a great price.

StagerLinda said...

Kim, you got so many great design elements going into your room. I love your tablecloth, too. The gallery wall will be fun to hang and a great solution. Can't beat a custom sofa at a great price.

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

this is such a killer design plan!

Ashley said...

Ooooh, I absolutely love your plan! And the mix of leopard and floral fabrics? So fun and very, very you.

Cathy Wall said...

The library table is adorable and I love the bargain sofa! The addition of black is perfect and no doubt your crock pot will forgive you! Looking good Kim!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Love the fabric on the library table! Long narrow rooms are challenging, I'm sure a lot of your readers will be anxious to see how it all comes together, it's always nice to see a design problem solved.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

LOVE the leopard and the floral together. So good!!

The Pink Pagoda said...

The table is perfect -- I love that fabric! Your room is going to to be beautiful. You're smart to divide it. Can't wait to see more!

Lekalia Interiors said...

I chuckled over the 1972 intercom system! I totally remember those! So funny!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

As a fan of gallery walls, I think that wall is perfect for it. Ahh... the bits of history that we need to work around - wall panels, former intercom spaces....

It is going to look fabulous!

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

I love the mood board...and what a steal on that sofa!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

That fabric is a beautiful starting point...and I love your mood board.

Beth Connolly said...

Love your board and I know what a challenge this shape of room is.

Kathleen (Pacific Family Homes) said...

I love that you got 50% because of someone's mistake:). I just adore that fabric and can't wait to see the magic:)

Nicole Scott said...

I love your mood board too. I can see the gallery along that wall and I agree it's a great idea. Can't wait to see more! Yay 50% off!

Nancy said...

Kim, I adore that Lemon Tree fabric, as Ive said before. I really want some! Your plans sound great, and your board is fantastic. It will look great. Good luck on your projects!
xo Nancy
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LindsB said...

That Lemon Tree fabric makes the whole space- I LOVE how it pulls the whole look togehter!

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

I have a long little room as well (16x30) so I get it but I'm fine with it now that it's 2 distinct areas. Love your choices, especially the striped curtains!

Eda. said...

I love the ceiling to floor art, it can be artwork or photographs but I think this is a fabulous idea!

Eda x

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Town and Country Gals said...

Kim,
you always come up with the best ideas! Your mood board is fantastic and getting that great sofa for 50% off was a great deal!
Can't wait to see the finished room, I know it will be gorgeous!
Rebecca

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I want that room! The details are really gorgeous.

Matters of Style said...

Love the sofa!! And the lemon tree fabric! Dying at the cutting edge intercom. Central vacuum system too? Haha

Design_Fluff said...

I really like the idea of the art wall and your use of fabric.

Love the sheaf of wheat coffee table! I have the exact same one in my living room.

My Crafty Home Life said...

Your home was obviously a fancy one to have on of those intercom systems in it. Our friends had one, but we never did. Then again, not all of our tv's were color, either. Love the score on the sofa. The price would make me love it more :). Great board. Send over some great crock pot recipes if you have them.

Dharma said...

I would really dig a floor plan of this room and your thoughts on that. I have a long family/gaming/office/living/diningroom...LOL Challenge doesn't even cover it.

Kim said...

Oh Love, love, love your design board!! This is going to be Beautiful!! I'd like Crock Pot recipes as well!!
xo

My Interior Life said...

I'm in love with your choices!! And the gallery wall to camouflage is, of course, brilliant! Cannot wait for more . . .

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

I love your plans for the room!! I love seeing people style long skinny rooms because they are so challenging to put together but I think in the end they are some of my favorite types of rooms! I can't wait to see yours come together!

SHERRY HART said...

OK....wowza Kim. I am loving where this room is going. The neutrals with that fabric is going to incredible...I know I am going to go crazy when it is finished.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Yes, Yes, yes. Love the art wall. And I'm such a sucker for a skirted table. can't wait to see more pics of that!

pam {simple details} said...

Timeless, chic mix of fabrics, skirted table and gallery wall - oh my, can't wait!

Tiffany said...

I really love your choices...all the patterns, colors, and textures.

Lisa Mende Design said...

Love your mood board and the fabric!!!! Where is the light from? love it!!! Can;t wait to see more!

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That's what I call a challenge. What a great solution Kim! Can't wait to see it finished!!

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Kathysue said...

Kim I really love where you are going with this room! It looks like your lemon fabric was the perfect jumping off point, Happy Vday,
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Renae Moore said...

Love the gallery wall idea...I was just talking about this very thing to my DIL this morning...will forward her the pic. Can't wait to see how it all comes together.

René said...

Love it all so far! Long & narrow is so hard, but you are on it! Cannot wait to see more!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Kim-
I LOVE the sofa and table cover! I can't wait to see the finished room!
Happy Weekend.
Teresa
xoxo

A Delightful Design said...

Honestly, I love this design so much I can't stand it! This is going to fab.u.ous! I am so excited to see the end results.

Carol@HouseandHomeDefined.com said...

I laughed about the crock pot!! Loving this look you've put together, and that lemon fabric IS gorgeous :)

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I spotted so many wonderful stylish pieces from your design board, looking forward to see more!

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Fran said...

Kim, I'm totally behind and catching up on reading some of my favorite blogs. It's been great watching your process on how you're conquering this tricky space. Love what you're doing here....