I received an email from a family who just purchased a new apartment and were looking to redo their living room and dining nook. The living area is a generous size, but the dining area is on the smaller side. The goal was to create a warm, cozy, but most importantly livable space the entire family could enjoy.
The beautiful and bargain priced Heriz rug set the tone for the entire room. Heavily patterned with lots of colors to pull for accessories. The leather sofa is surprisingly affordable and a great option for easy care. The tufted back blue swivel chair is done in a performance navy velvet. I selected a round coffee table with a marble top (I recommend sealing)-no sharp edges. Brass accents add some warmth and a little shine, ideal in a space with large leather and velvet pieces.
I remember reading a designer in Architectural Digest who said, "every room needs a touch of whimsy". Phrases like that make me want to throw rotten tomatoes because their "whimsy" usually costs about as much as a domestic compact vehicle. But I'm going to go ahead and say that the little elephant table is whimsical. And fun a little side table next to the velvet chair.
I selected a round glass table to make the most of the small dining space. I know, glass isn't generally considered "child friendly". I would say it depends a lot on the age of your children. Once kids are past the climbing on the furniture stage, glass tabletops are a smart choice. They're easy to wipe down and harder to damage. I also showed my clients a similar table with a wood top, in case they felt more comfortable with that option. My advice, evaluate your needs vs. your wishes and go from there.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.