How I created the ideal living room
Furniture that fits a space is so important, This is especially true in our 100 year old home. A couch in this space never felt right, it blocked the window seat and always looked out of place. We spend time reading, drinking coffee, and having some of the best conversations to date in these chairs. It’s a place to come together, face each other, and connect.
When you enter someone’s home whatever you see is going to be your first impression, so investing in this room above all others will pay off. How many times do you enter your house? Answer the door for deliveries? Welcome friends and family?
I had a clear vision going into this project, planning was key before making any big purchases.
I knew a couch was out for the space, so my next thought was chairs, I love the idea of everyone facing each other. You may be wondering… but what about seeing the TV? We don’t have a television in this room on purpose and it’s wonderful.
I want to share with you the chairs we choose and why. We started with the Herman Miller Eames lounger. This is a dream purchase, most likely the nicest piece of furniture we will ever own. We know it and joke our boys will fight over who gets it someday. We looked for an excellent condition vintage one (which you can find) but were teased by the new addition of the tall version. Kyle is 6’4 and I knew most of our furniture would be on a smaller scale to fit our space. We went for it during their annual sale and never looked back.
The next addition came as a pair. The school house electric jack chairs are something that caught my eye when we were sourcing lights for our Brooklyn apartment . Our move came right as I turned 30 and I positioned it as what I wanted for my birthday. Is that what your 30’s is about? Getting excited about furniture? If it is I couldn’t be more excited about this stage.
To round off the group I picked the Hans Wegner inspired lounge chair from Dot and Bo. Our budget was tapering and I was just as excited to find the look I wanted to finish the seating arrangement. It’s a solid chair that is carefully woven with a bleached wood frame. The sheep skin was a gift for our oldest son before he was born, our close friends bought it in the Ardeche and It’s very special to us. Both of my boys spent a lot of time on it as babies and, now that they are older It’s draped on the chair for extra warmth and comfort.
With these pieces I have achieved my goal of having a space for the family to come together with minimal distractions. The colors, scale of furniture, quality and textures of the design elements make it the cozy place we all wanted it to be.
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