Our living room/dining room measures 25′ x 12′. I’m just making that up, actually. I don’t really know the precise measurements. The point here is that the room is an open, large-ish sort of space. Right now I have a pretty conventional set up: dining table on one end, couch on the other. I switch this up within reason, but overall, I stick to an unimaginative furniture layout. However, I have come up with my ideal scheme for furnishing the room, based on how we actually utilize the space. This ideal layout involves two essential elements: one big couch and one big table.
I’m flexible on the specifics of the big table. It can be a trestle table. It can have turned legs, or tapered plain ones. I don’t care. What I do care about however, is the sofa. I would like a leather Chesterfield. Why a Chesterfield? I don’t know. I am a little obsessed with them, and have been for quite some time. I’m not a formal person, to say the least, and they have a pretty stuffy air, so my preference doesn’t really make sense. I think it’s the clubby feel they convey. Maybe I’m more aspirational and class-conscious than I realize. But even though a Chesterfield is traditional in its English library, Masterpiece Theatre kind of way, it manages to be thoroughly modern as well, with all that tailoring making it streamlined in spite of itself.
This is what I aim for: the best of both worlds.