Apartment Therapy Living Room

Apartment Therapy Living Room

Their one-bedroom apartment is small but has lovely architectural details, including high ceilings, crown moldings and delicate decorative reliefs on the walls. Living room accents include cinder blocks, a wooden coffee table made from an art project and piñatas. Is it possible that a few relatively simple changes will make a difference? On a hot October day, Ryan and his colleague Christiane Lemieux, executive creative director of Wayfair, the online retailer that donated assorted home goods, waste no time in assessing the living room and getting to work.
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Apartment Therapy Living Room

This small living room is really just a nook in a larger apartment space, but it makes do with just a few key pieces — sofa, coffee table, ottoman, accent chair. The ottoman provides a place to perch without blocking off the rest of the room, and the accent chair can also serve as a dining or desk chair.
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Apartment Therapy Living Room

Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times The new living room is a lighter and brighter space with more seating. It’s also sophisticated and fun and deeply personal, thanks to the use of the couple’s furnishings, art and collectibles in the makeover. For more house tours, go to www.latimes.com/home The new living room is a lighter and brighter space with more seating. It’s also sophisticated and fun and deeply personal, thanks to the use of the couple’s furnishings, art and collectibles in the makeover. For more house tours, go to www.latimes.com/home (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
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Apartment Therapy Living Room

But there isn’t a lot of clutter. The couple may have lived in the Miracle Mile apartment for three years, but they don’t have much other than a midcentury credenza and a Room & Board couch they found on Craigslist. “It worked out well,” says Loo as she chats about carrying the couch down 6th Street. “When we got tired, we would just stop and sit on it.”
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Apartment Therapy Living Room

Working together over the next five hours, Ryan and Lemieux transform the living room into a lighter and brighter space with more seating. The end result is sophisticated and fun yet deeply personal as the designers incorporate the couple’s furnishings, art and collectibles into the room’s design.
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Apartment Therapy Living Room

Have you ever felt that a room was just “off” somehow, but you just couldn’t place what it was? Living rooms are arguably the most used spaces in the home, and need a good layout that promotes good traffic flow. Furniture spacing and placement is key to comfort and function! Keep these tips in mind when you are moving in or get a sudden urge to rearrange one weekend.
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Apartment Therapy Living Room

Ryan and Lemieux agree that the bright red armchair from Ikea overwhelms the room. “It is the first thing people will see when they walk in the door,” he says. It’s moved to the bedroom. Similarly, a wooden bench the couple ordered is deemed too large for the room, so it joins the red chair in the bedroom.
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Apartment Therapy Living Room

Watch Out for Lighting: If you have table lamps, make sure that shades aren’t so large that they risk either poking someone in the eye, or getting knocked over. It goes without saying that any electrical and extension cords should be placed so no one is going to trip over them on their way across the room.