Hi, this is Mary Jo and I'm your designer. I graduated from Louisiana State University with an interior design degree and have been working in the industry ever since.
Your room is open, has hard wood floors and has a great flow between the other two rooms. We know that trying to think about how this room will pull together and go with the other rooms has been one of your concerns and we want to help with that. Our hope with this design is that it will the jumping off point to design the rest of the house and will be continue to be a favorite place to hang out. With the right accessories and furniture it's going to become that modern room you want.
The first thing we wanted to change was the paint color. We know that it was your least favorite part about the room and it was mainly because it didn't seem to fit with the rest of your style- and we completely agree. Instead of a warm yellow cream color, we thought a soft blue grey would go much better. By painting the room this cool color, it will coordinate with the sectional and be a great color to pair with other colors through out the other rooms.
Second on your wish list was the media console- the focal point of the room. We chose one that was sleek and had room to store things. The two-toned look gives it some interest and it's length is perfect for that wall. We also picked out another one as an alternative in case this one wasn't exactly what you wanted.
Art and accessories really make this space amazing. We selected a large comfortable rug that was a simple solid to allow the other pieces in the room to stand out. Then we turned to your abundant wall space. There was so much to play with and we knew that you wanted floating shelves to show case your photos from your travels. We decided that the best place to put them would be in the front of the room- making them part of the focal point. By offsetting the shelves, we used the wall space in an interesting way and made the pictures the main attraction. We also thought that a nice large abstract piece and a fun mirror would be great ways to use the other walls in the room.