Do you have a living room? Y’know, the room everyone loves to hate for it’s modern day uselessness. Maybe you use yours as a storage room for toys or perhaps it’s sitting empty with no furniture at all? While most people use the family room for the bulk of their daily living, that “other room” down the hall leaves many wondering why it’s taking up prized square footage.
In our house, the living room is decorated in unabashed Country French style and I’m here to share with you why. Here are 4 reasons to use your living room.
1. A place to readYes, of course you can read in the family room, but with the TV blasting and a swarm of phones and iPads broadcasting a cacophony of notifications, the living room is the ideal respite for peaceful reading. I love to relax in here with a cup of tea and a book. It’s also the spot where I keep the few hard copy magazines I still receive, in a rattan basket beneath a carved French end table.The tufted ottoman serves as a soft edged coffee table, a lovely place for drinks to rest.The tapestry pillows convey they French theme, while offering comfort.
2. Classic StorageWhile dishes and tableware are divided between the kitchen and dining room, and the family room entertainment unit is reserved for media and the like, the living room provides a safe haven for more traditional items. In this burled wood chest we keep table linens and other occasional items.A balanced mix of soft and hard pieces keeps the room looking both classic and inviting.The French trumeau mirror sits regally above the bureau.Teacups and wine caddy are waiting nearby, while glimmery candlesticks are ready to be lit.A simple silk tassel can make any drawer pull special.
3. Old fashioned conversationIf you’re lucky enough to have the space, there’s nothing better than having dedicated sitting areas for separate conversations. While many people use their living rooms as parking lots for spare furniture, a classic layout that encourages social gatherings is the ideal luxury. Deep plush chairs are tucked into the bay window alcove.Silk drapery panels add a note of formality, while the generous windows bring in plenty of light.The tiny needlepoint stool hold a pretty piece of Italian pottery.The French aubusson rug pulls the entire room together.
4. Writing notes and cardsIf you’re one of those people who emails thank you notes, you’re probably not longing for a formal living room. But for those of us that still send hand written notes when the occasion calls for it, the quiet elegance of this room lends itself perfectly for that purpose.An antique English writing desk holds all the necessary tools, from personalized stationery and greeting cards, to stamps and writing instruments. This is also where I keep wrapping paper and gift tags, and other assorted papery.Vintage leather books help set the tone.A copper jug adds warmth to the setting.The soft tones of the room impart just enough color.If your living room makes you smile every time you walk into it, you will find countless reasons to spend time making use of it.
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