SF Good Questions: Help My Living Room!

SF Good Questions: Help My Living Room!

Feb 29, 2008

Dear ATers, I've been trying to get my living room to work for years and am in need of a little apartment therapy. This room has been through many configurations, and I think for once we're finally close...but... I have a set of furniture in-place and since it's still exchangeable/returnable and I'm not totally convinced it's exactly right (and my friends and loved ones are sick of me asking for their opinions), I'd love to get your feedback...

...We want this room to work for entertaining and hanging out with friends (lots of couch space and plenty of space for dinner parties) as well as for crashing on the couch and watching tv or reading with my guy. The room isn't huge but it has 13ft tall ceilings and lots of light. Also, it has a lot of architectural visual stimulation. The ceilings have Victorian box beams and there is a picture rail that run at 5.5 feet (which is now painted the same color as the walls). And, there's a door from the kitchen and a large pocket door into the office/guest room/library.

My style is a little Hollywood-Regency, a little modern, not too fussy. This room doesn't show it yet cause I'm still trying to get the main pieces right - but I also like a lot of color and texture.

1. Do you think the larger oval Saarinen table would work better than the round one we currently have? The one we have is 48inches round. The larger table is 78 long by 48 wide. That would give us about 30 inches at each end (the plant would go).

2. Any suggestions regarding the sectional? This one from Macy's is completely modular, which I love. But I don't love the quality and it's not really comfortable for me to sit on (although it's great for lying down). I like something a little firmer with more support. If I do keep it I would change out the corner piece on the end for another armless because the one with the arm is too bulky. The sofa I like the look of is Room and Board's Clarke (which is great because it's a sofa and an armless love-seat, so you can move it around into any configuration) – but unfortunately it's really uncomfortable and cheaply made in-person. Do you love the Macy's sectional or should I go with something else? Any suggestions?

3. If you have any suggestions for art or lighting, too, would be great!!

Thank you!


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