Monday, July 14, 2008

Opinions please!

This is the room we need help with:

We have a very open floor plan so the foyer, kitchen, and living room all feed into this area. We would like it to be a comfortable space with two chairs, a table, and an ottoman:

I thought swivel chairs would be nice so that one could sit facing the fireplace but also turn and face the kitchen/eating area. Something like this.

Chris is not a huge fan of the whole swivel chair idea. He would prefer a basic armchair.

I prefer a skirted look.

He prefers a non-skirted look.

Then there's the whole fabric choice thing. Our house came with window treatments and paint colors we like. Eventually we may change the window treatments in the kitchen/dining area and the paint color in the hearth and dining rooms (the wine-ish red walls) but they're staying for now- so we must work with what we have. We narrowed it down to these four choices with the help of a very patient designer at the furniture store:





And that is as far as we got. I'm leaning towards choice (c) but I have no idea what I'm doing. Chris can't make up his mind either. We're in fabric/chair decision limbo. Please vote (over there on the left) and let me know what you're thinking. I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Stephanie said...

Hey! You made it to Madison. :)

I love a & c. a is more modern, I guess, right? And I would vote for stationary chairs, too.

What a gorgeous room.

MamáChanga said...

That's a beautiful room with what looks to be a spectacular view!

I vote for swivel chairs (I like the idea of being able to turn and face the other rooms easily) and swatches B & C.

MamáChanga said...

Oh, I can only choose 1 swatch?! Well then C is my favorite!

Funny how I have absolutely no trouble opinionating on someone else's home decor, but I'm ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE when it comes to my own! LOL!!

Karen said...

I have very utilitarian reasons for my votes. I voted no-skirt, because you want to be able to see under the chair if the little flower drops, say, a piece of potato and you can't see it and begin to wonder several weeks later what that awful smell in the living room is.

And I voted for fabric (d) because you don't want, say, chocolate or dirt toddler handprints all over a beautiful cream and red floral pattern when you can have the stains blend in and be unnoticeable.

I'll let you decide if I'm speaking from personal experience *grin*