DESIGN Topanga Home

Topanga Home: Where We Are With The Living Room

The living room is by far my favorite room in the house. Even on our first visit it was love at first sight. You walk in through the front door and you pretty much step right into the brightest room of the house due to those big windows and multiple skylights. Still it all needed a lot of love. Here is what it looked like:

The remodel was relatively easy, and we were pretty much on the same track on how we wanted the end result to be. A lot of paint obviously, a new fireplace, and install a new big sliding folding door to make it all even brighter and to really make the most of the amazing views of the canyon and the daily sunsets.

As a reminder, the living room also opens up to the kitchen with a load-bearing column we really can’t move, so for now the bar situation has not yet been solved. We will probably leave that to the big kitchen remodel in a few years.

We still need a few things to be where we want it all to end, but yesterday the new folding door finally got installed. It makes a world of difference. It really makes the room even bigger. When the door initially was delivered, the measures was all wrong. It seemed like the supplier had noted the wrong measurements, so it all went back, and a new frame had to be made. But now it is in. Yay!

It is such a cool room. The light is obviously GREAT. The views are even better. The fireplace gives the whole room another focal point and is almost a piece of art. The floors got stripped and all the walls and ceiling got a LOT of white paint. We replanted the figus, which is loving the light and we’ve already seen 10 new leaves. After Mr. LA saw my new Frame TV It wasn’t hard to persuade him that we needed one for this room too, we went a bit bigger. And just in time for the new season of Handmaid’s Tale. Oh, the JOY JOY JOY! I am living. I also love that it turns into a piece of art when not in use. (We don’t agree on which piece of art to have on display all the time, but there are so many to choose from, so we just change it up from time to time). It is a big TV yes, but for this wall and room. I love it.

The couch is the same as we had at the old house. We brought the andtradition rug from the old guesthouse and added the stick shelf and the marble coffee table both from Menu. You might also recognize the Eames chair, guess who could live in that for all eternity?

Ok… the other side of the room…

Now to the part of the room we haven’t really dealt with just yet. We want to make it into a smaller dining area, as we would entertain bigger dinner parties on the deck (I’m planning a whole post about the deck too, coming up soon). A round table, 4 chairs and a simple lamp/chandelier is all it needs, I think.

The only thing that is certain at this point is the table. It will be delivered end of the summer. But for the sake of debate here are all the tables we looked at.

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1. Oak Mikado / 2. Ease*/ 3. Ren Round* / 4. Accent* / 5. Florence*
6. Hector* / 7. Sintra / 8. Palais Royal / 9. In Between*

Thoughts? Comments? Opinions? Which table would you choose? I am very happy with the outcome of the living room so far, but would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions to make it even better.

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  • Reply
    July 12, 2019 at 19:14

    I love number 8 and number 1!

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      July 13, 2019 at 02:55

      Oh yeah, probably my favorites too.

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    Stephen Monks
    July 12, 2019 at 22:44

    I love table number 3 though have you looked at Ercol dining tables too?

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      July 13, 2019 at 02:54

      3 is stunning. Love the legs. I didn’t know Ercol actually, thank you.

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    July 15, 2019 at 19:37

    1 and 3 for sure! I like interesting legs as opposed to the pedestal. I guess it also depends on what your chairs look like. Your improvements are terrific! Good luck…

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      July 15, 2019 at 20:07

      Thank you. I like the legs as well.

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