THE LIVING ROOM DEBATE

My apartment as I know it has become something drastically different.
We have been craving more space. In everyway. We needed storage, display space, and general floor space. So, we did away with our "focal wall" if you will, and put in a wall of shelving. 


a little bit more of a design challenged that a highly styled console table, I still want to make it a focal point, while keeping the living room polished, but opening it up..


so today, I'm asking for your advice. We have two huge sofas, we love them more than words can describe, but they are bulky space fillers to say the least. My solution is a pair of really great, comfortable chairs...


but, M isn't sold. Do you have chairs in your living room? Do you feel they give openness, while still maintaining ultimate comfort?


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luxe + lillies: THE LIVING ROOM DEBATE

Monday, March 7, 2011

THE LIVING ROOM DEBATE

My apartment as I know it has become something drastically different.
We have been craving more space. In everyway. We needed storage, display space, and general floor space. So, we did away with our "focal wall" if you will, and put in a wall of shelving. 


a little bit more of a design challenged that a highly styled console table, I still want to make it a focal point, while keeping the living room polished, but opening it up..


so today, I'm asking for your advice. We have two huge sofas, we love them more than words can describe, but they are bulky space fillers to say the least. My solution is a pair of really great, comfortable chairs...


but, M isn't sold. Do you have chairs in your living room? Do you feel they give openness, while still maintaining ultimate comfort?


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13 Comments:

Blogger ASHLEY said...

ahh! My perfect living room would be a couch and two chairs like the last photo but the hubby won the battle with a modern style sectional... btw, I love the built-ins in the first image. Gorgeous!

March 7, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

that's a great idea - i have a rocker that i want to replace with a Barcelona chair - but i have a HUGE oversized sectional - that takes up A LOT of room in my TINY house .. so i feel ya girl - i DREAM of the day that i have 'too much room' :o)

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March 7, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Nancy U said...

We wouldn't give up our large couch without a major fight. That's because its the only place where one of us can sleep if the other one is coughing up a storm.

Another drawback to having two chairs instead of one couch is that snuggling opportunities are more limited...

March 7, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Anonymous design elements said...

lovly images...especially the 2nd one with that feminine table. happy monday

March 7, 2011 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger things that sparkle said...

We are having the exact same issue. Boy will not allow me to get rid of one of them,but I can't handle how much space they take up. Let me know what you decide

March 7, 2011 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Anna Elder said...

yes, yes, yes on the chairs! my husband and i moved out of a home built in 1921 and our living room was a long rectangle. we had 1 big couch and 2 chairs because we couldn't fit the sectional that we wanted. we've since moved into a brand new home and got rid of the couch, bought a sectional and now i have my 2 chairs in a little seating area off the breakfast nook, but it's still in the living room. honestly, we hardly sit in them and we will drag them over to the tv if we have company and need more seating. but it really helps to break up the room and seem like there's more space than there is. i'm sure you 2 will mostly sit on the couch and no one's going to complain if they have to sit in some pretty, comfy chairs. i say just do it and he will be happy once he sees the result.

March 7, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Homan Rajai said...

As a guy I understand what your hubby is saying you want ultimate comfort. We want to lounge and be able to throw our feet up and watch a movie.

As a designer I understand that two chairs totally and completely opens up a space and gives a chic, unique look to a space. (with the right chairs)

But you can have the best of both worlds if you buy light stuffed ottomans. Like this...

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/seating-
misc/beanbag-coffee-table-and-ottoman-from-west-elm-047968

You can bring them out to watch a movie with guests and lounge your feet up or place trays on them and serve food or you can put them on the side if you need the space. It works like a charm in my apartment. I got two brown and white Ikat ones that go perfect with my orange suede couch and white chairs.

When I'm not using them they are on the side of my couch and the texture and color adds to the room.

March 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

We have a tiny living room and no chairs but I would have loved a chaise lounge or settee and a few chairs. How about some styling armchairs (they're like mini couches sometimes!)

March 7, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Haley @ Cardigan Junkie said...

I think that if you use the room a lot, you have to be a little bit practical and think of how you're most comfortable watching tv and hanging out. If it's your only living space, I think you'd miss a couch when you want to cuddle with your guy or when friends come over and you only have two cushy chairs.

We opted for an L-shaped couch and it's worked really well since the floor space stays open for the most part. Good luck deciding - it's hard in a shared space!

March 7, 2011 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Rachel @ Little Bits of Lovely said...

Aahhh those first two rooms are perfection!! Yes, completely understand your dilemma about creating more space. We had 2 couches, but ended up losing one as we only ended up using it when we have guests over. This was the best decision we made as now we have loads more space & it's completely opened up our living room xx

March 8, 2011 at 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Barbara@HausDesign said...

I love the flexibility of two (comfortable, stylish) chairs and really most people don't like to sit right next to each other on a couch anyway - they want to face each other! So, I think this would be a great choice!
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March 8, 2011 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger emily said...

Those bookshelves are amazing! The first picture makes me want to go organize my books by color right now! I think some nice comfy chairs are the perfect solution!

March 8, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger DALLIANCE said...

Try choosing chairs with a lower back and a more narrow arm. I know sometimes clients don't realize that an arm of a piece can take up a ton of space. Good Luck with it, can't wait to see how it turns out!

March 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

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