Formal Sitting Area Room Design

I'm at the point in preparation for this move where I'm planning the fun details of our new home in Utah. Since part of our move involves selling all our furniture here, and getting all new things when we get there, I've been scouring the internet for the right pieces, at affordable prices that will work well for our new home. 

The house we are renting has four different levels. Yes, you read that right. When I told my mom her jaw about smacked the floor via Facetime and I had to reassure her that Derek and I did not win the lottery, we just happened to be renting the strangest split level house ever. 

When you walk in the front door, there is a small formal sitting area, the tiniest breakfast nook (which is also our only dinning room!), and then a very small kitchen. From there, you can walk up five stairs and be on the level with the master bedroom, another bedroom, and a full bath, or you can walk down five stairs and be at a family room, full bathroom, and another bedroom. If you're downstairs in the family room, you can then walk down another five stairs or so where you'll find another family room, and another bedroom. So we have four bedrooms, two living rooms, the worlds smallest dinning room and kitchen, and a formal sitting area. 

We're essentially going to pretend that the entire "basement", or lowest floor of the house doesn't even exist, and not bother with decorating or furnishing down there, but we are going to tackle the rest of the house the best we can. Today I'm going to share with you the design inspiration I came up with for the formal sitting area that is right when you walk in the front door. 

I wanted this space to be simple and modern with nice clean lines. But I also wanted it to be a space that portrayed what's most important to Derek and I. In this room we will have our temple gallery wall that I shared in our home tour here, and then we will have my Greg Olson painting of the sacred grove (seen here), hung in this room too. I'm so excited for this room and can't wait until it actually exists! 

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  1. How fun! Moving can be stressful, but planning out the decorations and how you intend to use all of the rooms helps make up for it.

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    1. Agreed! It's definitely the only fun part of moving haha!

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  2. Could you use the formal living room as a dining room for more room?

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    1. I thought about it, but it's carpeted and my kids are so messy eating that I would hate to ruin our landlord's carpet and have to pay for it when we move out in a year. Which is the silver lining, that it's only for a year!

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  3. Nice post thanks for sharing with us. It made us knowledgeable about this topic..
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  4. I love the chairs! Planing and changing ideas makes the most of a moving experience!

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