Most living rooms have the same set up. A TV across from a sofa with a couple of chairs. I know it's what I have. The furniture is all arranged around the television as if it's some alter to pray to. But it doesn't have to be this way.
I'm not saying ditch your television. I mean, I know some people in New York who live without them, but not me, thanks. What about instead of the traditional seating, four chairs around a round table or ottoman? Any room I've been in that has this arrangement is always the spot everyone gravitates to.
There is something rather nice about having a seat all to yourself. Ever notice there's always one person who insists on taking more than their share of space on a sofa? Besides, with four chairs, it's not as though you're losing anything in the way of seating--two adults are usually the limit on a sofa. But, more than that, four chairs around a table encourages conversation. If you go for chairs that swivel, then it's easy enough to turn and watch TV all together, too.
This idea may not fit into your current living situation, but definitely file it away. It's a smart way to gather together for conversation. And now you must excuse me for mass; Top Chef is on.
This is one of those things that are just too funny, kooky, and cool not to share. At a store called Paradiso in Hampden, Maryland, there was not one, but two pinball coffee tables. Be honest, every guy you know would want one of these in their house somewhere. it's sort of like the foosball table in Joey and Chandler's apartment on Friends,but far more useful since it has a glass top.
Now that I'm doing more work from home, I've decided that I no longer want to work on 1/2 of my dining room table. It's time for a proper home office--a small, but proper home office.
I'm in the market for something a little cleaner, less fussy, to accomodate my laptop. Something that I can add some shelving and/or a bulleting board above to keep supplies handy. The first picture is from Ligne Roset. Very chic, very elegant, very expensive. This one here is the ubiquitous desk from West Elm.
I have seen that desk in so many designer rooms, it's crazy. I checked it out in person once and while it has a pretty lacquer finish, I didn't fall in love. Now, in fairness, I've recently begun a bit of a flirt with Mid Century Modern furnishings so I'm pushing myself to move away from wood. This desk here, a close relative of the West Elm desk, is from........wait for it.......Walmart. I know!
One last desk that caught my eye is this one here from Ikea. I like the attached storage, especially since it's got a graphic feel. Plus,they make doors for the cubbies to hide some of the less fabulous parts that come with having a home office. My guests do not need to see the accroutrements that go into making rooms pretty.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.