Okay! Here is the final tally on the poll I posted the other day…
…and here’s the inspiration photo I put together in Photoshop again:
I’m happy to report Kevin’s fully on board with the two sofa layout now, too!
A few commenters mentioned that they thought we should pull the sofas in and away from the wall a bit, and I absolutely loved that idea, so I pulled our existing sofa in about 10″ this morning.
(Excuse the still-need-to-be-reupholstered dining chairs! I got them at a flea market several months ago, and their down-filled cushions are ridiculously comfortable, but I see ticking stripes in their future!)
Some other folks mentioned that they would position the second sofa so that it faces the fireplace (instead of using the two armchairs where we’ve got them), but we’ve had a chair-a-half in the spot before, and we didn’t like how it cut off the room, or always seeing the back of it from the front door, kitchen and dining room.
Others mentioned they thought we should put the TV above the fireplace, but we’re really excited to tuck it inside of a built-in on the left side of the fireplace- as shown in my inspiration photo. We even moved it over there this morning, just to see exactly what it would look like once we have it mounted on an arm that extends and pivots out from the inside of the built-in. Here’s the view of it from just behind Kevin’s recliner:
…and here’s the view from my chair:
We like it on the left side of the fireplace because when we tried it on the right side, we could see a glare from all the windows that way. (All the windows are on the left side of the room, which is the front side of our house.) We couldn’t see any of the windows reflecting when we put the TV on the left side of the fireplace. I also like that it won’t be the first thing you see when you walk through the front door, if the doors on the built-in are open at the time.
That last photo also reminds me to mention that I’d love to use a couple of upholstered ottomans in front of our existing sofa. I like the idea of having two soft things there to contrast with the one (hard) coffee table in front of the second sofa.
Someone also mentioned that they thought it would be hard to look at the TV if it was close to a window, but we plan to add a roman shade and drapes to that window it’s next to, so we’ll be able close it off if need be.
Over on the other side of the room, here’s a photo that shows exactly where the second sofa will eventually sit…
…and here’s a view of the TV from the left end of it:
We like the idea of using the coffee table in front of it so that if Sweet P wants to sit on a smaller armchair or bean bag closer to the TV, he can do that.
And speaking of the coffee table- it needs a bit of a makeover. It’s a little on the high side right now, so I’m going to cut about 6 inches off each leg and add small casters so that we can push it around wherever we need to use it. The top has seen better days too, so I think I’ll sand that back and re-stain/seal it. I was thinking of going lighter with it, but if we go with sisal-colored carpet squares (which is what we’re leaning towards), it might need to stay darker so that there’s some contrast between the two.
Someone also mentioned they thought it would be hard to watch TV from our current sofa, but it’s literally as deep as a twin bed, and because of the shape of the arms, the sides of it are almost like having a padded headboard you can lean back against. I pulled the pillows off of it for these next two photos so you could see how deep it is and how great it’ll be for stretching out towards the fireplace or TV:
The seat cushion (and pillows) are also down-filled, so it’s super comfy, and we plan to use an identical one on the other side of the room. (They’re made by Cisco Brothers, and we got ours from the friendly folks at Atchison Home.)
Last but not least, here’s a straight-on shot of the living room looking back at the kitchen and dining room areas:
It’s been fun pulling things together in here over the past couple of years, and it’ll probably be a couple more before we can check the living room off our list, but I’m excited to at least have a plan now. As for the kitchen, we’re starting the island makeover next week, and I’m so excited to blog about that as we go, too!