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What would you do with this space you see below.

It looks like an old European farmhouse with stone floors, beamed ceilings and fresh white walls. Maybe that flooring is a tile. Hard to tell. Kitchen may be at the other end of the hall. Europeans still tend to keep the kitchen as a one-room experience instead of incorporating it into the living room as an open-concept. Maybe that's because it's harder to take down a two-foot stone interior wall versus a couple of pieces of sheetrock in the States. Looks like there's a step-up to an area that serves as a small foyer (where the doors are ajar). Windows are probably casement which crank out. 


This space might have been an outbuilding many, many years ago. (Some of today's best living spaces started out as an old barn or stable.) I love watching the HGTV episodes to see how buyers end up decorating their properties. Problem is, so many of the international properties are rentals, and, therefore there's very little the renter can do to make the space his/her own.

Here's what I propose.

Two Lee Industries slipcovered sofas flanking the fireplace.



Beautiful rustic coffee table with some modern lines.



A French barrel chair or two.

About twenty of these matted beauties on the left wall as you step down into the room.


A beautiful French mirror and chandelier. Maybe not both pieces together. Might be a little too gilded.

Could you maybe add corner bookshelves to the left of the fireplace, and arrange as a small reading nook with a chaise. It depends on if there's a similar space in the house that already functions as a study. 

Belgian clock adds that little bit of French blue.