Have a Seat // A New Sitting Space in the Living Room

Family living room seating ideas

Family living room seating ideas

Family living room seating ideas

This is the story of two chairs. Two chairs that, if I’m being honest, had absolutely no right being in our house because they just didn’t fit. Two chairs that we bought out of desperation and are okay chairs but are just plain old too big. And two chairs that I came to totally loathe because they just harshed my vibe every time I walked into the room.

I know, I know. I have a lot of feelings about… chairs. But you must have something similar in your house, something that every time you look at it or use it, it just bums you out because you inherently don’t like it? I think Marie Kondo would probably say that those things spark precisely zero joy for you. 😉 So let’s get into the story of these chairs. One was an armchair, which we purchased because we have a lot of elderly family and it seemed like it was high enough and large enough for an older person to easily get into and out of. And for some reason, we got it in this terrible drab brown color. And the other was Maggie’s rocking chair, which was also a recliner. Comfy, sure. But she doesn’t need it anymore and now it just reminds me of a hundred sleepless nights. Also, we moved it to the living room to make more space in her room, and so we’ve had a random baby rocker in the living room! Ugh.

When Article reached out to see if any of our spaces needed updating, I almost jumped through my computer screen and directly into their office because I knew that they would have the perfect chairs to rebuild our living room seating. (Did you see how they helped create a new vision in the studio?) Their pieces are always so beautiful, so affordable, and such high quality. And they have a $49 flat shipping rate for large pieces (and $19 for smaller shipments), which is crazy affordable for furniture.

Our living room has been a weird revolving door of arrangements, partially due to the fact that I like to switch things up frequently. But one thing that I had been looking for pretty steadily was a chair by the fireplace. It needed to be small and low-profile to keep the stone on the fireplace visible, and I wanted it to facilitate either snuggling up by the fire with a book, or having a conversation with everyone else in the room. The Spin chair ended up being absolutely perfect. And after having that huge chair blocking the fireplace for so long, it’s such a breath of fresh air.

Family living room seating ideas

Family living room seating ideas

Then we had the little area around the corner that kind of serves as our kids’ play space and a conversation/sitting space. At one point this was where our toy storage was, but I really liked having a chair there so that someone could sit and converse with whoever was sitting across from them. I wanted something light but substantial, and something that was decidedly NOT matchy-matchy with the rest of the room. Article’s Nord chair is exactly what I was looking for (and I love how it looks with our world map!). And another bonus of the Nord is that all of my elderly family members who sit there are able to get up easily because of the sturdy arms. It’s so beautiful, and literally a fraction of the price of similar chairs at other shops. We set the Crane brass lamp behind it to frame it a bit and it’s a perfect spot for hanging out.

Family living room seating ideas

Family living room seating ideas

This space finally feels right for us — a little eclectic, a little modern, and a lot livable. Having the new chairs actually inspired me to restyle the mantle, which I’ve wanted to do forever, and has breathed new life into the living room! Do you have any spaces that could use a little life? xoxo

Product for this post was graciously provided by Article.

Family living room seating ideas

Family living room seating ideas

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