What is the most important design element in your main living areas?  Sofa designs!  So says the home decor trends of 2014-2015. Size, color, use (cats, kids and dogs make a huge difference when making decisions) fabric, style all play into the selection of the right seating in your main living space.  I was with the whole trending thing as a resource until I saw how much white they were showing/predicting.  I knew I was not anywhere near the maven status when it comes to home decorating when I read this:  “Warmer, muddy colors are starting to come back into vogue!”  I just got on board with the whole warmer, muddy color thing…. Here’s a photo of my 25 year old sofa that is in the main living room-alas, I am reading that the living room will soon be as antiquated as the “parlor” of years past.

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It has served us well-when my oldest grandson was small we dubbed this room the “talking room,”  No balls, colors, skateboards, etc in this room-it was set aside for conversation-often during big family gatherings, he would take my hand and ask if we could go to the “talking room,”  Some of or sweetest moments were shared on this sofa! Years later when we are ready to change the tried and try Lauren blue and white for something a little more updated in appearance, we went to Restoration Hardware and fell in love with the muted palette and casual look of their sectionals.  Simple.  Comfortable.  Timeless.  We were sold-and then realized we might want to wait for a big sale : )  We waited it out and built our sitting room off the master bedroom around this:

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We spend a fair amount of time here-it’s a favorite spot for grandchildren to pile up, read a story and/or  watch a movie with us.  I added a little different texture with the footstool and pillows-we loved it so much the Mr. decided we needed one more element to our favorite seating in the whole house:

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Yep, big screen TV right there on the wall.  I’m not a fan of planning the furniture arrangement around the TV, but I must say-this is one of my favorite spots to watch a movie or tv.  We had friends over during the Olympics and we piled up with blankets and pillows-turned on the fireplace-grabbed some Jr Mints and a good time was had by all. I often think of the phrase “embarrassment of riches” when comparing my life with the life my mother lived.  I am blessed to have several places in my home where we can enjoy the company of family and friends-and truth be told, most of them won’t mind if we are “trending” correctly with style, color, fabric, etc as long as we invite them in with all the warmth and hospitality our mothers taught us.  Come on in and have a seat…

YOUR TURN
Do you have a favorite place where you can “sit a spell”? Don’t know where that phrase comes from.