I love the open feeling of our living room/dining room combo but part of the living room area is just wasted space at this point. I've been trying to figure out what to do with it since we moved in but never really had the motivation to do so.
See the whole area near the window? It's a blank slate.
Since William has come into our lives, so have a lot of baby items. We have a rocker, an exersaucer, two bouncy seats and a play mat. We need some room for these things since right now they are scattered everywhere from the kitchen to the dining room. I envision this part of the room to be a play area, lined with a soft rug and baskets of toys.
Along the wall in living room we have a bookshelf that I added baskets to for storage. Some of the baskets are filled with toys already. The leaning shelf on the other side is just asking for things to be ripped off of it once William is mobile. So, I emptied off the bottom two shelves and replaced the breakables with baskets for more toys. Does it look as nice? No, but it makes it more functional and pretty soon all the "pretty" decorative items in our house will have to be removed anyway.
One problem with the space is the chair. It's kinda ugly and takes up a ton of space. It matched our old sofa but the people who bought the couch did not want the chair to go with it. So, here it sits. Last week I moved it out of the room and realized how much space that thing took up and knew it was time for something smaller and prettier to go in its place. So the search has started for a chair and I ended up with this..Though, I'm not so sure about it. I love the retro fabric and the casters. But an armless chair is not exactly comfortable and I think it may be too small for the area. The space could probably hold two chairs but a. there was only one and b. it would be twice the money. I apologize (yet again) for my poor photography skills. I really need to figure that lighting thing out. So for now the chair stays. Dave has yet to see it, I'm sure he'll veto it right away. Maybe you will too. I do realize that it doesn't "match" the room and I'm okay with that. Just not sure if it even goes. It may be back to the drawing board.