When we were house hunting 2 years ago, hubs and I agreed that we didn’t see the need for a separate den and formal living room. We are not terribly formal people (understatement of the century). Most of the houses we looked at were built in the late 70’s to early 80’s, and almost all had a separate den and formal living space. But our precious homeowners had already knocked down the wall between theirs, which basically made us see the opposite of dollar signs flashing in the air when we walked in the front door.
The only problem we’ve been having is how to fill up that space purposefully, functionally, and classilly…? So here is how it looked for almost 2 years:
The red squares are two giant mid-century armchairs that we inherited from hubs’s parents. They are neat in a been-around-the-block kind of way, but Buster’s hair clings to the fabric like Madonna clings to her youth, which can be so frustrating. So up the stairs they rolled (seriously, I rolled them, by myself. Have I ever told you how impatient I am?).
Here are the red chairs, sort of:
We decided a while back that we needed a desk in this space, because when we work from home, it’d be nice to have a space to work that doesn’t involve the couch or the stools in the kitchen that make your butt go numb after 45 minutes. We came up with two configurations.
This one, which we ultimately decided was a little too wacky:
And this one, which is more boring but also lends itself to laziness, in that the TV can stay put:
So we ordered a desk (this one) and put it together, and rearranged the room, but the desk ultimately felt too small for the wall. So hubs agreed to keep rearranging until it felt right, which had me all hot and bothered because usually I have to beg him to move furniture around. Hubba hubba.
After shuffling things around for a bit, we decided that the desk was a better fit between the windows that face the front of the house, and that we can go one of two directions from there. This one, which involves scouring the ends of Homegoods for 2 more armchairs (they are blue and green because we already own 1 blue and 1 green chair):
Or this one, which allows us to go shopping for a super fancy (looking) settee! Which is really just a pretty and less bulky loveseat.
Decently priced settees are surprisingly difficult to find. Brand new, they are in the range of $600 to $1200. I even found a gently used and not hideous one on Craigslist for $425. But then I did a quick google search on gray settee, and found this baby hiding at my favorite money-sucking everystore, Target:
It’s beautiful. It’s not a behemoth. And the greatest part of all is that it is cheap AND has great reviews. AND it’s gray AND it has silver nailhead trim AND I am obsessed with it. Original price is $299, but with the 5% off with my redCard and another 15% for a reason I cannot quite figure out and free shipping (the way to a girl’s heart), it comes to $259.
For now, we have the living room in this setup, which feels goofy, but hubs and I found ourselves parked across from each other in the armchairs for a good chunk of our evening, so maybe we are on to something.
God, I love rearranging furniture. It makes me feel so alive.
And now that the windows are no longer blocked, Buster can assume his figurehead position as house watchdog.