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A Modern Classic Living Room

In their formal living room, John and Lee Haik wanted a design that would be perfect for entertaining and remain classy for years to come.

By Karlee Renkoski | Photo by Chuck Travers

Sep 2016

John and Lee Haik made sure their living room had plenty of space for family time and room for their guests to sit during cocktail parties.

efined and traditional are two words that describe John and Lee Haik’s long, narrow living room in their Springfield home. During the planning process 22 years ago, they discovered their classic design by reworking the French Country style. Although the Persian rugs, French children statues and demi lune cabinets on either side of the windows are traditional, the architecture and mirrored alcove have modern appeal. 

To create a more inviting, spacious room, Lee chose smaller beams for the 15-foot ceiling and contrasted white woodwork with the dark wood furniture. The large windows on either side of the room enhance a delicate and airy mood and allow for lots of natural light. “I love the light coming in, and the paned windows give it an Old World feel,” Lee says.  

With a cocktail table, matching gold sofas and additional chairs lining either side of the long wall, this comfortable living room is perfect for entertaining. “I knew I needed seating,” Lee says. “The two sofas opposite each other really work because the room is so long and narrow.” The Haiks often use the space for large family gatherings or cocktail parties. 

Although the room has been a work in progress, Lee is proud of its refined qualities and simply changes out the pillows when she wants to mix it up. The blue, red and gold color scheme and French Country design can be found throughout the Haiks’ home, but the spacious architecture and symmetrical layout are what make this formal living area unique. With its seating for social gatherings and classic design, the room is truly timeless.