Saturday, February 28, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Candice Tells All: Living in the living room

By
From page C2 | December 29, 2012 |

CANDICE OLSON

Marianne and Mike live in a gorgeous century home with all the advantages that come with an older house — high ceilings, character and charm aplenty. But there are drawbacks to older homes, too, and their living room had most of them — poor lighting, uneven walls and intrusive radiators, to name just a few. They were constantly moving furniture around in an effort to come up with a functional layout, trying to compensate for the room’s two warring focal points: an ugly wood stove and the television screen.

While Mike preferred a more modern decor plan, Marianne wanted to pay homage to the room’s traditional roots. Throw in a tight budget and you have the perfect recipe for an old-fashioned design dilemma.

Fortunately, we were able to conquer this challenging living room with some ingenuity, flexibility and a workable Plan B.

The old wood stove was absolutely hideous, so it was the first thing to go. We brought in a sleek new gas insert and updated the fireplace with a new custom mantel with white marble tile on the surround and slate on the hearth.

Sometimes, with old houses, it’s better to conceal than reveal. We covered up the old radiators with white radiator boxes, effectively transforming them into useful pieces of furniture instead of obstacles to work around. We also covered up the bumpy, uneven ceiling with a paintable wallpaper resembling the tin ceilings of yesteryear.

Molding added architectural interest to the ceiling and the walls, while a stunning silvery chandelier, positioned within a ceiling medallion, takes center stage. A couple of wall sconces, some track lighting over the fireplace and a few table lamps completed our lighting upgrade, and a large sectional sofa solves the room’s seating dilemma.

The color palette for this century-old living room was inspired by our selection of an elegant area rug, rich with shades of dark plum and gray. Gray is repeated on the walls, while the ceiling, radiator boxes and trim work is painted a crisp white. Dark mahogany furniture is just what the designer ordered, with matching tables flanking the fireplace and a sofa table, coffee table and glass-fronted display case rounding out the new furnishings.

Finally, a comfortable linen wing chair positioned in the corner by the window and offset by a shaggy white rug offers a quiet place to curl up with a good book.

As with all large spaces, my plan for Marianne and Mike’s living room called for the creation of distinct zones. The area rug and sectional sofa create a place for the homeowners to relax, either alone or with friends. Behind the sofa we have a sort of cocktail lounge area, where a radiator cover can serve as a buffet or bar surface. Custom floor-length drapery panels frame the room’s large window, picking up on the warm beiges and grays in our palette.

Using every inch of available space to maximum advantage, we made Marianne and Mike’s dream of a functional living room come true. This space seems twice as big as it did before the renovation, and there is a purpose to every single corner.

Warm and inviting, this 100-year-old living room is ready to take on a whole new lease on life.

(Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTV’s ”Candice Tells All.” For more ideas, information and show times visit http://www.hgtv.com/candice-tells-all/show/index.html. Or visit shns.com.)

Scripps Howard News Service

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    US / World

    Man shoots wife, himself at Northern Calif. retirement home

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
     
    Thieves crash car through electronics store in San Francisco

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Some California farmers to go without federal water

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 2 Comments | Gallery

    US appeals court: Marathon bombing trial can stay in Boston

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 2 Comments | Gallery

    US rescinds rule requiring judges to move to Guantanamo

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    US, Liberia start 1st formal test of ZMapp Ebola virus drug

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Woman knocked out by eggs

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

    Mexico official: Police capture top capo ‘La Tuta’ Gomez

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

     
    Well-educated ‘Jihadi John’ no surprise to experts

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

    Unmasking of ‘Jihadi John’ as a London lad shocks Britain

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Opinion

    How GOP can resolve immigration mess

    By Ramesh Ponnuru | From Page: A8, 8 Comments

     
    Unlikely winners of Greece’s surrender on euro

    By Mark Gilbert | From Page: A8

    A remedy for veterans’ care

    By Bill Frist And Jim Marshall | From Page: A8

     
    Editorial Cartoon: Feb. 28, 2015

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    .

    Living

    Today in History: Feb. 28, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: Feb. 28, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: Feb. 28, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

     
    Poem about heaven helps dog owners when beloved pet dies

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

    Coca-Cola bottle as art? Atlanta’s High Museum takes a look

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Entertainment

     
    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B9

    .

    Sports

     
    Vaca advances three wrestlers into semis at Masters

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

     
    Spurs snap 4-game skid, beat short-handed Kings 107-96

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Thompson scores 25 points, Warriors rout Raptors 113-89

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Casey McGehee’s move to Giants a homecoming of sorts

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Bulls expect Derrick Rose back this season from knee surgery

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Approaching ‘last call’ for NHL GMs to tweak rosters

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    PGA Tour to move Match Play to Texas

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Notre Dame president credited for transforming school dies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    MLS Commissioner Garber: Hopeful season will start on time

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Travis Kvapil’s NASCAR car stolen from hotel before race

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    McIlroy to miss cut at Honda Classic; Reed leads

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    NHL fines Sharks’ Couture $5,000 for tripping from behind

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Browns agree to terms with quarterback Josh McCown

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Kyle Busch released from hospital following foot surgery

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    This date in sports history for Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Business

    Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    Uber says database containing driver info was breached

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    Fiat Chrysler recalls 467K SUVs for possible stalling

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Southwest nearly done inspecting planes that were grounded

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    5 reasons US economy is stronger than Q4 GDP suggests

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5 | Gallery

    .

    Obituaries

    Gabriel T. Traub

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

     
    Maria Kraszewski

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

     
    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Home Seller 2/28/2015

    Right at Home: Decor made of bicycle parts

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2Comments are off for this post | Gallery

    Real estate transactions for Feb. 28, 2015

    By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3

    Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.80 percent

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3