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    So I am just about to close on a property. I need some suggestions on how to decorate/theme this house. In the living room it has a 2 floor ceiling. I am going to be renovating this dining/living room, minor in the kitchen and minor in the bathrooms . I want to make it modern but still classic, I don't want it too modern so that it can be easily dated. I want to buy furniture that will make the house looked stages as I will be using the furniture to stage future places. The house is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


    You can't really see from the pictures but the dining room has as regular ceiling and closer to the big window it is open 2 floors with a den overlooking it. I plan on making this an accent.





    upstairs den overlooking the living room. I am thinking of making it more of a room by either:
    1. Putting up walls and making it a room
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    2. Putting book shelves up as dividers and making it into a temporary room.



    I also need furniture. I am thinking of a couch something similar to this...but in a neutral color. I want something with a low back so that it makes the space look large in comparison.





    In the den area, I was also thinking of something like this...Just to partition it off. I would put drapes on it around it.

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    Barn doors that can be easily opened and closed off. Also, I can put them up temporarily and take them off when I move.


    Floor color..




    Any suggestions or any suggestions to forums/blogs for ideas? (I am used to renovating houses to rent (read:cheap) and my family generally buy nice houses, but this time I want to customize it to my own wants and needs.)
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    Leave that room open! maybe small shelves < height of railing...MAYBE. Why block all that natural light?
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    Well, I am having my stylist come take a look at it today so we'll see what she thinks. I want to make the den into a room because I need the extra room at the moment but want floating doors that I can open it up when I need to.

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    Are those walls pink/purple? lol.

    I can see what you're saying but I don't know how I'd go about it. Curtains maybe, if done right.
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    What would you put there? Based on the pictures it's roughly a 10x10? What are the two other doors on that same landing? Looks like a closet and a bedroom?

    I'm all about open, I lived in a studio apartment followed by a studio loft. My current residence I'm going insane with all these walls.
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    Get rid of the carpet and replace with hardwood, remember if you go with a dark floor it will show more dust and scratches. Open up the wall between the kitchen and the dining room this will make the space feel larger. I would replace the railings with something more sleek, The oak and steel is dated. A thought is stainless steel posts with stainless cables or tempered glass.

    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCVR6 View Post
    I would replace the railings with something more sleek, The oak and steel is dated. A thought is stainless steel posts with stainless cables or tempered glass. Good Luck!
    As long as it suits the exterior a bit too. Wouldn't want to go TOO ultra modern if it can't hold it's own outside.

    And I agree about the wall, knock that sucker down if it's not load-bearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeoftheparty. View Post
    Are those walls pink/purple? lol.

    I can see what you're saying but I don't know how I'd go about it. Curtains maybe, if done right.
    Yes. They are pink. Doesn't really do it for me. hahaha...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeoftheparty. View Post
    As long as it suits the exterior a bit too. Wouldn't want to go TOO ultra modern if it can't hold it's own outside.

    And I agree about the wall, knock that sucker down if it's not load-bearing.
    I think it is load bearing as it is one of the 2 walls on this floor. But I want the wall in order to contain the smell of my cooking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forfend View Post
    What would you put there? Based on the pictures it's roughly a 10x10? What are the two other doors on that same landing? Looks like a closet and a bedroom?

    I'm all about open, I lived in a studio apartment followed by a studio loft. My current residence I'm going insane with all these walls.
    Good eye. It is roughly a 12x12 landing. On that floor I have a bedroom, walk in closet and a bathroom.

    I am going to make the landing into a bedroom as I have a little one of the way and need the extra room. I could buy a bigger house BUT I love the big windows. This house is uptown and an old area with a slight downtown vibe. It gives me the ability to live uptown in a downtown house.

    How is it to live in an open room? Could I put a bed out in the landing and live there without a many problems? I'm afraid of breezes at night.

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