Massive Great room – no walls


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Dear How to Decorate,

I recently married for the second time and just purchased a new house. We have a mix of old and new furniture along with individual ideas about what looks best and works for the room.

Our great room is right in the middle of the house and what is the focus as soon as you come into the house from the front door. The two story foyer is divided by the upper catwalk that overlooks the room. I continue to struggle with furniture placement due to a large set of windows that overlook a fountain. A fireplace encased on both sides with built in bookshelves means that wall can’t be used for furniture placement.

I need a coffee table that is substantial, lighting that works and side tables to pull it together.



Dear Tammy,

Thank you for your dilemma.  Having a room with very little wall space can be intimidating.  We have created a floor plan for you that pulls all the furniture away from the walls but creates a cozy converstion space.


We also have some suggestions for furnishings:  Our Griffin Sofa is a great choice with the Conley Settee.  We chose 2 Larkin Swivel Chairs covered in Como Ikat (for a pop of color) to face the sofa with a Terrific Trio Table in burlap and a Madison lamp on top set in between the chairs.  Add some Durham tables (Coffee Table, Bunching Tables) and add a couple of lamps – Luciana and the Auberon Floor Lamp to finish out the look.

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team


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