I know you're gonna say there's too much stuff .
Hey , everybody , it's design time .
How are we feeling about this shirt ?
I don't know .
It was from the what ?
$100 buys you at Forever ?
And that was a long time ago and I haven't even looked at it since .
So I thought , why not wear it actually , why ?
So a couple of weeks ago we looked at a kitchen , a room in somebody's house that we had pictures or video of and I kind of just went through what I would do to improve it .
Now , mind you , the person that sent in those pictures actually asked for help .
I didn't just say this is what's wrong with your kitchen .
Well , as I mentioned in that video , it's going to be a series .
I just am not positive about what I want to call it and I want to call it something anyway .
I think I'm so clever sometimes and I thought of room for improvement because it's one room in the house or room to improve .
Well , I looked that up on youtube and it's actually a show from Ireland called Room to Improve .
So for quite some time .
I was against that , but I'm for it now and I'm thinking a room to improve .
Let me know what you guys think of that .
A room to improve .
Anyway , we're going to do the second video in that series and it is a living room and this is sent in by Catherine .
I have yet to actually ask her what city she lives in , but I will find that out before posting this video .
I feel so smart with this shirt on like I'm at work with my glasses .
So like I said , this is a video , it is filmed with the camera vertically .
If you guys send stuff in , try to take video horizontally .
Hi Lou , I need some help with my living room .
So this is my living room TV .
There's a blue sofas , it's like a lounge dining room in one that's my dining table there .
It's like a piano and that goes outside .
Um Basically , it's a strange shaped room that's the kitchen through there .
And the number of times I've had it in different different ways just trying to get it right .
Um I feel like this one is quite good because it's cozy around the TV .
And I know we've got a lot of seating but we need this much seating .
Um The only thing is I think it looks really cluttered , but also that's the wood burner behind there , which is fine in summer .
We don't need it but obviously I'm gonna need to get that out again .
Um , in winter .
Um , I know you're gonna say there's too much stuff .
I do need to have a bit of a tidy up and also outside .
Obviously we're just in the process of cutting up some wood there for winter .
Um , I'd really like to knock through this wool into the kitchen but , uh , I haven't got the cash for that at the minute .
Um Yeah , I'd love to know what you think .
If you can think of some better way of arranging all this seating .
That'd be brilliant .
Thank you .
All right .
So we are gonna start with the main part of this living room , which she admits has too much stuff in it , but really likes the amount of seating because she needs it .
That means she has lots of friends .
My living room has one chair .
So to improve this living room , I would start by taking down those lines completely and putting up a rod and some really cozy curtains , maybe something patterned or a light color to brighten up the living room , which looks I wouldn't say dark , but with allowing some of that light from outside to come in , it would surely improve it .
Now , when I give advice about these rooms and what to do in order to improve it , I am not looking for you guys to spend a whole lot of money .
I just want to help out with what you have and maybe add or take out a few things .
So actually going back to toward the end of the video , she shows where her window is in relation to another sliding window and her sofa is about this far from those sliders , I would push that couch back a little bit .
So you have more room in the middle where the coffee table is and that's what we're gonna talk about .
Next , the coffee table , which looks to be , be an ottoman .
And I actually think I have that Ottoman as part of a couch from IKEA that I use to stage a really modern home .
Now , I would take that Ottoman out and get a wooden or glass coffee table which would sit on top of a very big light colored maybe cream area rug .
The one that's down there now is dark and too small and a larger , lighter colored one would certainly make the space look bigger .
Now , speaking of bigger , those two side units with the cubbies , I would pull out completely .
Now , that might seem unfortunate due to the fact that there are tons of things .
There are wicker baskets plants , there's a unicorn and a lot of other stuff that can actually be hidden and open up that living room to be and look more spacious .
Instead , I might put one more custom unit on one side of the television , which we'll get to in just a second and make it more of an enclosed unit where a lot of these items can be not necessarily hidden but put away on the other side of the television , I would say nothing but a giant plant .
It's amazing what plants can do for a room .
All right , let's address the TV .
Catherine shows me later in the video that behind that television is actually a fireplace .
That is something that I would not cover up .
Although a television and a fireplace are the same kind of focal point in a room .
A fireplace is much cozier .
It's a great aspect of the home .
That's part of the home .
So I would take that TV away and either raise it up above an actual fireplace or put it somewhere else in the room , easy for me to say .
All right , I am going to show you the virtual picture that I came up with or this living room looking at it toward the television , which I now have as a fireplace .
As you can see , there's drapes on the window , there's a big light colored rug on the floor with a wooden coffee table .
And we have taken out those cubby units and replaced it with a cabinet on the left and a large plant on the right .
And there is the choice of a piece of art or a television above the fireplace .
Those are simple ideas .
I don't know how difficult they'll be to execute , but I think it would make a huge difference in that room moving on .
You know , Katherine's main point with this room is that it is an odd shape , which I must agree with , but I don't think it's a problem here .
We have the wall with a cut out towards the kitchen , which I think is super fun .
I would love to pass plates through there during dinner time .
Catherine mentions how she wants to take that entire wall down , which I think is a great idea .
But if we were to work with the hole in the wall , I think we can do it .
So what I've done here in this virtual picture and again , I promise to get better at this , the space is going to look bigger because pictures are supposed to look like what real estate agents would take and they have a wide angle lens and everything looks bigger .
Anyway , the hole in the wall .
Yes , it looks like you're looking to outside .
But what I've done here is actually , if it can be done , make the cut out bigger and put glass doors coming out .
So it feels like there's more of a flow into the kitchen and I thought it would be really nice to put some lighting in there .
And I've placed them on either side of those glass doors , a piece of art to the right and a curio or buffet on the left , the furniture that I threw in there is very similar to what's in there now ?
I just lightened it up a little bit and made the bench wicker instead of cloth .
I don't know .
I might have taken off a few of those pieces of the collage of pictures .
Is that a heater ?
A radiator ?
If so ?
That's pretty cool .
Oh , they're not sliding doors .
They're french doors .
Those French doors look to lead to a really beautiful outside space .
It just needs to be cleaned up a bit , maybe throw a rug out there and a little conversation set and bam beautiful backyard .
I think this space is very cozy and charming .
It just seems to have a lot of stuff .
We all have a lot of stuff , but it doesn't mean that everyone needs to see it .
I'm a big fan of furniture that you can store stuff in that is out of sight rather than an open shelving type situation .
It just makes everything appear tight and you don't have to get rid of your stuff .
All right , I think that that is it .
We actually tackled two of the main areas in this living room .
Let me know what you guys think , what would you guys have done or would do in order to improve Catherine's living room .
Let us know in the comments down below .
You can also let me know if you thought anything that I said sucked .
Just kidding .
If you think it was not right .
So , before I sign off , I want to remind you guys if you have a room in your home that needs improvement and you'd like a little bit of help .
All the information is down in the description box on how to send me pictures or a video .
I'll definitely take a look at it and see what I can do .
So that's it for the oddly shaped living room that was a room to improve .
I hope you guys enjoyed it .
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I'll see you guys next time on design time .