Beach-Inspired EleganceKaren has always wanted to live by the water. So she was thrilled to find this fantastic high-rise condo next to a marina. But when it comes to her living room/dining room combo, she thinks the space is too stark and too beige. She wants to make it over into a comfortable, classy showplace that says "wow."
Now the space has color, luxurious textures and larger furniture that fits the scale of the room. The bright pops of color against neutral fabrics with the soft curves of the furniture make for a cozy, elegant space that is perfect for entertaining.
Seating AreaCarpet tiles are used instead of a rug to outline the cozy conversation area. The tiles are very practical to use. Should there ever be a spill or stain, only the damaged squares need to be replaced — a much easier solution than replacing the entire rug.
CurvyThe seating area is rounded out with a pair of contemporary, curved-back chairs. Because they are placed in the middle of the room, Kenneth chose rounded chairs to echo the curves that run throughout the condo.
Dining AreaThe rounded lines of these pieces continue the curved theme used in the living area.
Floating CabinetThe expansive unit does not extend down to the floor, making the space seem larger by exposing more of the hardwood flooring. By having both the floor and the shelving run toward the window, the eye is drawn to the beautiful view outside. Beautiful Mother-of-Pearl wallpaper details behind the shelves provide a touch of elegance.
Kenneth's Tip: It's best to lay floors lengthwise, so you walk with the grain, not against it.
Coffee TableA concrete planter filled with exotic seashells gets topped with glass to create a lower table, and a smoked-glass table completes the two-tiered combo.
Wall ArtThe impressionist-style painting is very traditional is its setting, but making it a triptych gives it a modern flair. (A triptych is one image divided into three parts.)