In order to maximize seating in the home’s 225-square-foot
living room, Meyer opted for a full-size sofa and several
small side chairs that can be moved around if necessary.
The fireplace is a natural focal point, and the long wall was
the obvious place for the sofa, but she didn’t want all of the
furniture against the walls, so she floated a pair of vintage,
green velvet chairs. “Their 1940s scale is right for the house,”
she says. A ceramic Asian garden stool provides a surface to
rest a drink, and can be used as extra seating.
The pale color scheme for the walls, curtains and
upholstery creates a calm foundation for colorful pillows and
throws, which can be changed with the seasons. “Invest in
neutrals for the greatest flexibility,” Meyer advises.
For consistency and a sense of flow, she used the same
durable sisal floor covering (custom cut and bound) in all of
the main rooms. “The larger the area rug, the larger the room
will feel,” Meyer says. “I wouldn’t leave more than a 4-inch
margin on the edges in a small space.”