The Great Living Room Debate and a Reveal

THE RAVENNA HOUSE

Oh the great living room debate.

It has divided our house for months now.  Really, it’s quite contentious.  Emotions are high.  Gloves are off.  And it goes something like this: I want a couch in our living room and Garrett says no.  If you’re anything like me, you’re probably saying, “who wouldn’t want a couch in their living room?!”  I know!  But for the sake of a fair debate, let me lay out both sides before we judge.

For the sake of a living room reveal, I’ll throw in some extra pics.  If you want to look back at all the renovations we did in here, check out this.

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The living room has become our collecting grounds for miscellaneous furniture.  See we used to have our super-comfy-almost-brand-spankin-new-hand-me-down-Pottery-Barn couch (thanks Mom!) in this room but moved it down to the family room as extra seating for Wilder’s birthday party.  And there it’s stayed, for two months.  Without a couch to take up space, the living room has attracted the remainder of our seating.  There are two wingback chairs by the fireplace (a yard sale score) and the armless Restoration Hardware chairs (purchased at the outlet two years ago) in front  of our vintage trunk-coffee-table.  The wood bench by the window belongs to our DIY outdoor table and will eventually make it’s way to the backyard (once the patio and fence get underway – more on that here and here).

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Back to the debate.

Let’s start with my side.  The pro-couch side.  Some might call it the right side, everyone else would be wrong misguided silly a lovely human being with a different opinion.  Couches are important for many reasons, chief among them, they are comfy.  You can curl up and read a book, take a nap, or catch a show.  In our current living room arrangement, we watch TV sitting in the armless upholstered chairs.  And while those really are lovely chairs designed for many useful pursuits, curling up and watching True Blood is not among them.  Those wingback chairs are a bit more comfy seat, but they too have a downfall – the scratchy  wool they are upholstered in (now, don’t get me wrong, I love that wool, it’s just now curl-up-worthy).  So there’s really no comfy spot to hang out in our living room right now.  And that, my dears, is my whole argument for adding a couch to this space.  I mean comfort is a pretty compelling reason, right?!

Now for Garrett’s side.  The anti-couch side.  He feels that the basement family room is our hang out space – the spot we play with Wilder and watch TV on the couch.  Apparently the living room is more of a formal sitting room in Garrett’s mind (my words, not his).  And he would rather have our comfy couch in the family room.  He also doesn’t like the alternative seating for the basement: a brand-new couch or our 10-year-old futon.  Those are his only arguments against a couch in the living room as far as I know.  And I think I’ve presented them pretty impartially-ish, so let’s let that sink in.  

Sunk in? Alright.

The truth is, I think Garrett’s sitting room theory is fine, but we don’t tend to use the living room as a sitting room.  In fact, Garrett and I hardly use it at all.  Because there’s no couch!

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 Resources: Wall paint: BM Revere Pewter, 50% | Trim Paint: BM Simply White | Blinds: Home Depot | Wingback Chairs: Vintage | Armless chairs: Restoration Hardware (Outlet) | Wood Bench: DIY made by your’s truly | Pillows: Etsy | Cowhide rug: Ikea | Lamp shades: Pottery Barn (discontinued) | trunk: vintage, from Garrett’s parents

Besides there not being a couch, there are a lot of positives to our open living room.  We’ve never had a great room before and I finally get why they’re so popular.  It’s nice to have a spot for Wilder to play when we’re in the kitchen.  Plus Bubba likes to find a sliver of sun in the living room and bask in it.  We can be together as a family while doing completely different things, and I love that.

There’s still work to be done in this room.  I intend to dress the mantle up and perhaps hang some art on the walls.  But I’m not in a rush.  Because as I showed you last week, this space has already come a long way and I’m ready to enjoy it!  Preferably on a comfy couch.

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So what do you think.  Is a couch important in a living room?  Do you have one?

xoxo

p.s. Another amazing wall of windows in an old house (well school house in this instance).  Love this dining room!

p.p.s. Oh that’s why people paint their porch ceilings blue!  I’ve always loved that tradition.

p.p.p.s. Angel and Tom’s LA home is gorgeous!

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  1. Wow! The room has come so far! We have both a den/family room and a formal living room, and there’s a couch in each. Our old trusty overly comfy couch is in the den, and a more formal (but still comfy in its own right) sofa is in the formal living room. I scored it at an estate sale for $150, so I don’t feel bad about have two couches. Good luck with the debate…for what it’s worth, I’m on your (the right) side! 😉

    • Great idea, Sarah! A good deal on a couch is exactly what I need – Garrett won’t be able to say no. And thanks for the support 🙂

  2. Emily Decker says:

    I am on your side too! Get a couch in there. Let Garrett stick to doing the construction. You get to do the decorating. Mark and I don’t agree on a lot of decorating decisions. I have started to sneak things instead of discussing. A couch might be hard to sneak though!

  3. I’m on your side. You’ll get so much more use out of your living room by having a couch.

    I love that armoire!

  4. Get a couch in there stat! You are obviously right and Garrett is so very wrong:-)

  5. I have to chime in here since we have no one yet speaking up for no couch! The room is really more of a parlor than a true “living room.” Without a couch the space is an inviting extension of the kitchen. Can you imagine lounging in a comfy couch while bacon is frying a few feet away? It just feels wrong! The chairs are comfortable,easily arranged, and take up less space. A living room with absolutely no separation from the kitchen is no living room at all. 😉

  6. YOU NEED A COUCH!!!!! The room is beautiful, btw. Armless chairs are for dining. Big stuffed chairs are for hanging out and watching TV. You guys should either (1) buy a sofa/love seat so you can enjoy this room, or (2) remove the TV and think of this whole space as purely decorative. There’s my 2 cents. 🙂

  7. I have a compromise start calling it a waiting room and the lack of a sofa seems right : )

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