For this family, we removed most of the dated elements in the room, including all the upholstered furniture and the curtains + rod. We brought in a new chocolate leather sofa with a pair of crisp navy fitted chairs. We decided against the traditional coffee table and did a group of “easy to move” drum tables instead. We also painted the interior of the built-in bookcases and designed a new roman shade for the front window. All in all, we achieved our goal to make it more functional for this busy family, while retaining the rug they love.
The below picture offers a glimpse of the room before we got started.