Posts tagged ‘Floor Plans’

September 19, 2014

Exciting Things

There’s something very exciting coming up for the House on Penny Lane. Are you excited? No? Not yet? Well, I can be excited for the rest of us.

At the end of this year, we’re getting a new sofa! A sectional to be exact…

Our IKEA sofa has served us well during the last seven years. It was our first big purchase together and, for each of us, our first real grown up sofa. But lately, we have begun to outgrow it. We’re hosting more and more get-togethers at our house while also spending more and more time stretched out/cuddled up just the two of us. And we just need more room.

And lucky for us, our living room can handle it. It’s kind of huge. Check out my sweet rendering. It’s like looking at my house through a Simpson’s episode.


And I never miss a chance for a mood board. This thing makes me giddy. Especially because the majority of the items pictured are ones I already own. This, by the way, is an update to a mood board from way back in 2010. We were just young chicks then, so it’s interesting to see how our tastes have grown in the last few years.



1.     Our wonderful wood floors. I still dig the high contrast between them and our walls.

2.     With the addition of a larger sofa, we will also need a larger area rug. Our current rug is a $170 8’x10′ shag rug we found at Home Depot. Such a steal and hides stains amazingly well. The new rug is actually made up of carpet tiles, so if one gets stained, I can just remove and replace it with a fresh tile. I’ve also heard the tiles are way easier to clean than a regular rug, so let’s hope any stains that do pop up can be taken care of quickly.

3.     My $30 a piece Craigslist chairs. I recovered them just last year, so they’re not going anywhere any time soon.

4.     Our 70s coffee table. Another awesome Craigslist find.

5.     THE SOFA. I am so excited by this. Pretend this picture is of a sectional with a chaise instead of an ‘L’ shaped sofa. I chose a fitted back to avoid the inevitable slouchy back cushions. The fabric will be a microfiber velvet in a very dark, almost black, charcoal.

6.     Our sofa table. It came from CB2, but is unfortunately no longer available.

7.     Our favorite IKEA Besta media cabinet.

8.     Our vintage walnut lamps. I am so glad these are not glass or ceramic. They would have been broken a long time ago. *Cough* cats *cough*

9.    My Valentine’s Day Fiddle Leaf Fig.

10.   Our current accent pillows, throw, and our Franco Albini Ottoman.

11.    With the new sofa, I should be receiving some throw pillows in the fabric of my choosing. So here’s my choosing! Kind of an Ikat print with cream, charcoal, linen, plum, and cranberry colors. It’s super pretty and this pic doesn’t do it justice.

12.   Think I can talk Rob into some light colored faux fur throw pillows? I hope so. We’ve got a lot of sofa to cover.

13.   I think a nicely colored Persian style rug would be beautiful layered over our future area rug. This will take some obsessing, hunting, and deliberation, so don’t expect to see this placeholder filled for some time.


So what’s been a recent exciting addition to your home? Tell me about it in the comments below!

May 28, 2013

What Would Frasier Do?

I am often full of ideas and easily inspired, but there are times when I can get hung up on a space. In those times, I will often think, ‘What would Frasier do?’

I have always been a big fan of the show ‘Frasier’. The televised combination of witty puns, a drizzly climate, and thoughtful interiors is right up my alley. I remember watching syndicated episodes on TV right before bedtime when I was in high school. High school. And here I am, over 10 years later,  wrapping up our bedtime viewing of the series ‘Cheers’ on DVD with plans to continue with its spinoff, ‘Frasier’, on DVD for the third time.

In other words, I like ‘Frasier’… a lot. I also like Frasier’s apartment. I see it as a wonderful combination of classic, eclectic, and contemporary. For those unfamiliar, here’s a floor plan and interior rendering.

image courtesy of Nils Gleissenberger

(I can’t attest to the accuracy of the floor plan considering many story lines included Daphne making trips to a community laundry room.)

So some of you may be thinking, ‘What would Frasier do?? But your interiors look nothing like Frasiers…’. True. I’m inspired by the essence of Frasier’s apartment. Clean lines, neutral colors warmed with wood tones, and a touch of tribal motif. Whenever I need inspiration for creating a warm, classic, masculine space. I think of Frasier.

Stay tuned to read about how I applied this inspiration to a troublesome room of mine.

January 7, 2010

Walk This Way

First, I want to apologize for Rob’s absence.  I’m sure the lack of smart and witty writing on this blog has not gone unnoticed.  This period of inactivity will have to be narrated by me, since I get to do all the planning for the truly bustling periods.  Rob gets veto power, of course.  Besides, I’m sure Rob is just as happy watching his many new DVDs.

I am far too excited about the subject of this post.  Mostly because the answer had puzzled me for such a long time, since before we even bought the house.  Can you believe it?  And I even found a simple, inexpensive solution.

The problem is the wall separating the kitchen from the living room.  In addition to the uncased opening, there is also a passthrough window.  I’ve never been a fan of passthrough windows.  To me, they represent the desire to open up a space without making the commitment.

To give you a better idea of how the wall is currently, here is a little floor plan I whipped up.  Looks like you’ll also get a sneak peak of how I plan to arrange the furniture discussed here.

1)  The green highlighted portion is the wall in question.

2)  This circulation path represents our common path of travel when leaving the house or arriving home (we typically exit through the garage).  Notice how much it winds to get out of the kitchen and into the living room.  It’s exhausting just thinking about it.

3)  The shaded triangle represents the view upon entering the front door.  The shaded triangle hits so many unnecessary points of the house: the bifold doors to the bar, the second uncased opening to the kitchen, the side of a kitchen cabinet.  Who wants to see that upon entering the house?

This is the exact view I’m talking about in a picture that was taken on our second viewing of the house.  Obviously, it was an issue to me even then!

And here is a section view of the wall.  Seems choppy, don’t you think?

Solutions that I had considered included connecting the two openings to create a face-down L-shape, taking down the entire wall in question, and closing up the passthrough window completely.  So what did I finally choose? Read on…

The Plan

1)  Close up the existing uncased opening.

2)  Knock out the wall underneath the passthrough window to create a new doorway.

It will look something like this:

1)  Here’s the new opening and entry into the kitchen.  Can you imagine the amount of light that will pour through the doorway?

2)  The circulation path is much more direct.

3)  What a nice expanse of wall just begging for some art.

And a clean wall with a wide, welcoming doorway.  Doesn’t our geometrically advanced friend look so much happier?

There are a couple awkward situations the new doorway creates – the small nook now dedicated to the bar, and the step down and step back up required to travel from the kitchen to the dining room.  But it solves more problems than it creates, so I’m thrilled.

The best part?  No structural beams are required to support the new opening since it already exists; and no electrical wiring will have to be rerouted since both outlets on that wall occur on either side of the opening (of course it would have to, because where would the wiring go if an outlet were located directly under an opening, but you weren’t questioning me, right?).  So stay tuned.  I can’t promise it will happen any time soon, but what a difference it will make when it does!