I've said it a million times, my living room layout is not ideal. As much as I adore my home.
The space where I can actually put furniture is quite narrow, as I have to leave a 'hallway' behind the seating in order to be able to reach the bathroom and bedrooms.
The previous owners had a sectional in the room, which worked ok for them. However, when researching my furniture options, I opted for a sofa and 4 chairs instead.
The two leather chairs by the window are recliners and where you can most often find Sweetie and myself, on the evenings we are at home.
The two white chairs swivel and rock, so folks can swing around and chat or watch TV.
I really tried to maximize seating for when I entertain, since I really love to host dinner parties.
Funny thing is....nobody ever sits in the living room when I entertain! They all gather around the kitchen counter!
I have been trying to figure out a coffee table for the living room since I moved in. I still haven't come up with anything, and I'll be in the house two years in April.
The nesting tables were originally against the wall, as in the photo above, and could be pulled out as needed.
However, I've noticed that my family is too lazy to pull them out. They'd rather put their beverages right on the hearth.....or even directly on the rug.
Um......NO! That's NOT OK!!
So, when I packed away all the holiday décor, I put the nesting tables right in front of the sofas.
But I think I hate them there. No....I KNOW I hate them there.
The search continues for the perfect solution. Or even if it's not perfect....perhaps something that doesn't make me crazy every time I look at it.
It needs to be very small in scale, as the space we are working with is limited. I've been doing a lot of searching online, trying to find inspiration.
This one's nice, but of course no longer available. Figures.
However, I think I'd prefer something with soft edges so I don't end up covered in bruises when I'm trying to get around my living room.
I have often read that if you have a small space it's a good idea to have furniture that seems to 'float' in the room, as it doesn't take up visual space. This Lucite table is a good example of that, but I'm not sure I can deal with a Lucite table in my country home. It seems very modern to me.
This one seems interesting - it can be narrow for everyday use, and then the side portions open out when needed. It's from Ikea, and the price is good.
This little table may also be an option - the dimensions are right, and I could use it as a desk for my laptop when I'm working from home.
But, ouch, those sharp corners again! I just know I'd be all bruised up.
I'm pretty clumsy like that.
Plus....it's kind of boring.
So, then I get thinking of something softer like an ottoman with a tray on top.
This one's nice and neutral, and a pretty good size. Good price, too.
This one's also a nice, neutral option, and super inexpensive.
How long would it take my daughters to destroy this one with the ivory fabric?
I love these x-style benches, but I'm not sure about the stripes on this one. Not sure it's right for my home.
This one is very current, with the nailheads....maybe a little TOO current for my eclectic country style living room.
Perhaps a round ottoman is a better idea? This one is a great size....not a bad price....neutral color. I like the legs, and the tufting....hmmmmm.
I'm also kind of drooling over this super cool carved coffee table from World Market. It's 28" across....might be just a teensy bit too wide.
What do you think? I'm definitely open to suggestions! The space I have to work with is so narrow, I think I can't go more than about 27 inches wide with a round option, but with a rectangular option I think it may have to be more like 24 inches wide, maximum.