How the Heck Do We Furnish Our New Living Room?

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Q: We're up against a long, narrow, sunken living room, 20' 7'' x 10' 1''. On one of the long walls there are french doors to the backyard, as well as a large window that begins about a foot and a half from the floor. The other long wall isn't a wall at all: there's a large opening (really a step up into the kitchen and dining area) with two short walls and pillars on either side:

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We're having a lot of trouble figuring out what to do with this. The people we're buying from just put a couch at one end and a large entertainment unit at the other, but this doesn't seem like the best use of space. We've thought about dividing the room somehow, but we're not sure how.

The room will be our primary sitting area and TV watching area. Right now there's just two of us, but there's a baby on the way. We do like to have a few friends over now and then to visit. We're planning on buying some new furniture for the space, but can't afford a lot. Oh, and we don't want to mount the TV on the wall.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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