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laurienj9
February 20, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Please help! This is how it was staged. Love the idea of a breakfast nook, but it can"t take over the whole room. I need to get more seating in here, in front of TV. Any ideas for layout?
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AMN
Wow. Is it really meant to be a living room? That's what it looks like. Can you provide some context by including a few more pics of the adjacent rooms and more angles within this one?

Just reply to this same thread and attach pics to your reply. Thank you.
February 20, 2013 at 5:18PM     
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laurienj9
More pics
February 20, 2013 at 5:19PM   
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laurienj9
another pic
February 20, 2013 at 5:20PM   
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laurienj9
view from the family room
February 20, 2013 at 5:21PM   
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koehlej
I am still confused. Is this your main living room or do you just want to have a breakfast area? Why is the TV in there? Do you need it there?
February 20, 2013 at 5:25PM   
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laurienj9
No, there is a family room. I need a table here, otherwise the only place to eat is a formal dining room. They had it staged with TV but I like the idea of this room doing double duty-- my hubby and i can watch TV in family toom, and the kids could watch in here. I just don't know how to make it all work.
February 20, 2013 at 5:27PM   
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judianna20
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A small table that will fit four plates. Two chairs for you and hubby. Two folding chairs to pop up at supper for the kids. Maybe a bench or serving table where the plant is now.
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February 20, 2013 at 5:29PM   
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tennisanyone
Do you have a separate dining room or is this it?
February 20, 2013 at 5:29PM   
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tennisanyone
Is that a hallway by the plant? Can't tell.
February 20, 2013 at 5:30PM   
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laurienj9
yes there is a separate dining room-- but i don't see us eating there everyday. way too formal
February 20, 2013 at 5:31PM   
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laurienj9
it is a weird extra space that i plan to have a contractor come and build a closet there because there is no closet on this floor!
February 20, 2013 at 5:32PM   
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decoenthusiaste
What's behind the TV wall, a foyer? The space looks to be a dining room adjoining the kitchen. You don't have to use it as it was staged. I would put the TV elsewhere and hang a beautiful drum chandy above a nice dining table.
Dining Room 1
Dining Room 2
February 20, 2013 at 5:32PM   
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laurienj9
and there's a bathroom across from the plant
February 20, 2013 at 5:32PM   
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laurienj9
bathroom behind a tv wall
so no one is loving the breakfast nook idea? There is already a formal dining room in this house. I want this to be a family space
February 20, 2013 at 5:34PM   
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koehlej
I think the loveseat/bench is too chunky. If you can do a built-in bench that doesn't take up that much space and use an oval/rectangle instead of a round table it would fit much better, I think. In terms of chairs you could do less formal and more modern/cozy ones.
February 20, 2013 at 5:36PM   
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laurienj9
agree this bench is too chunky. I was looking at the ones from ballard and thinking of pushing them up against the back corner. so the bench would end at the window. then i might have room for 2 swivel chairs to go in front of TV
February 20, 2013 at 5:38PM   
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tennisanyone
I like the breakfast nook idea. Is this a place for homework?
February 20, 2013 at 5:39PM   
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laurienj9
yes exactly, this is the place i envision homework, kids hanging out while i am cooking, a real family space
February 20, 2013 at 5:40PM   
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tennisanyone
Yes the round table is wrong. I was thinking a rectangle table
February 20, 2013 at 5:40PM   
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nancy22032
Since so many of us like to eat on the sofa while watching tv, why not put a love seat there for ma & pa next to a low oval table with hassocks for the children. After dinner, the children could watch tv from the love seat and adults could have the family room for the evening. Or the children could use the table for homework at any time with the tv off. I would like a colorful rug to delineate the nook area. This would give you the casual eating area you want.
February 20, 2013 at 5:49PM     
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itsjena
here's a couple photos from a thread a couple weeks ago; some neat ideas for you?
February 20, 2013 at 5:55PM     
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Melanie Hon
I love itsjena's idea of the built-in banquette. Ditch the TV.
February 20, 2013 at 6:15PM   
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rockyrocky7
Agree with built in. I would add a corner shelving piece left of tv and hang the tv on the wall
February 20, 2013 at 6:35PM   
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