Q: My husband and I recently purchased a home, and I'm just having the most difficult time trying to get the living room to make sense. The front door opens into it, with no entryway to speak of. There's a definite lack of designated area for shoes, and guests end up tossing their footwear onto our hardwood floors.
The only solid wall in the space is right next to that door, opposite it, is a pair of double doors that open to a den/office/spare bedroom, a wall of mostly windows, and a tiny half wall along the stairwell (which is mostly unusable because of the coat closet which is across the room, opposite the front door). The space works fine, though not ideal, for just my husband and me, but it really doesn't lend itself to having guests over, which we would like to do more of! Any recommendations out there for making this space work?