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I began by pulling all the large seating furniture OFF the wall, and creating a "floating" seating area in the center that faces towards the view of her terrific back garden and patio. (It's OK to "ignore" the fireplace if you have a better view elsewhere.)
Then, I arranged her traditional furniture in a modern way, which means no clutter, good furniture and picture spacing, and few accessories. I showed her on the internet a beautiful new area rug to purchase for the seating area (all of hers were too traditional or the wrong size). Some new throw pillows make the sofas look terrific. And we created a reading area for her husband, who loves to read!
Finally, in her dining room, simplicity was key. I removed the two leaves in the table so that it didn't overwhelm the space (she also has a more informal dining area). Pictures were kept spare as well as accessories. Two of the chairs were placed along the wall, further making the table less ominious.
The result? I beautiful home that's traditional yet modern in it's arrangement. This was ALL accomplished over the course of an afternoon! Judy and her husband love it, and about a month later, they called me to re-do their office reception area as well!
You can call me too if you'd like to do the same thing to your home. Re-design can involve using just your existing things, but we can also do a shopping trip together for updated accessories as well as search online. If your budget doesn't include the cost of a traditonal interior designer, then Re-design may be right for you!