Monday, September 12, 2011

The Living Room

Today  I am linking up again with Cottage and Vine's Room by Room series to give you a tour of the Living Room!  Living Rooms are disappearing quickly from homes in favor of the Family Room - many newer homes lack the option of a separate Living Room altogether and instead have one big "great room." Historically a Living Room today as we know it may have functioned similar to the "parlor" in the nineteenth century home. The concept of the home's primary living space changed during the mid-twentieth century when televisions were introduced into the home and the main living area transformed into an arrangement of furnishings centered around a TV. While a large "great room" can indeed be very functional in this way, I like having clear divisions of spaces in my home.

My Living Room
I must admit, I vacillate between loving my Living Room and not wanting one at all, preferring to use the family room as our primary space for convening. Perhaps altering this space's function would encourage us to spend more time in it. On the other hand, I love having a Living Room for entertaining, for formal gatherings and Holidays, and simply to have a pretty room with a cozy fireplace free of a giant, out-of-place-in-a-historic-house, big screen TV. We are fortunate in our home to have both a Living Room and a Family Room (the latter in which we can enjoy TV time).

I like a neutral Living Room that I can seasonally decorate without things seeming too overwhelming. I love antiques and vintage pieces, of course, and I am pleased with how they contrast with our new sofa. The one thing that's still missing is a nice armchair or pair of wingbacks. Someday I envision a pair of graceful wingback chairs upholstered in a classic brown check. We have a beautiful armchair from the Pottery Barn outlet in the family room that would be perfect for the Living Room, but since it is such a great spot to in which curl up and lazily watch TV, we have yet to move it. Another reason why combining these two rooms someday in a different house might work out well for us!

My Family or "TV" Room

Our Family Room gets lots of natural light

I use my Grandma's old safe as an end table

Do you have two living areas? If so, do you prefer to turn one into a different function?

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  1. I love your spaces.I will be going to check out your old post now. Have a good week.

  2. What cute rooms. I love the trunk and the old suitcases.

  3. You are fortunate to have 2 rooms to use for different purposes. We only have one and have to make the most of it. Your sofa in the living room is beautiful! And wow at your grandmother's safe. What a wonderful heirloom.

    Thanks so much for sharing your rooms in the "Room to Room" series Megan!


  4. You know how much I love that sofa, right? And your grandma's safe? Awesome. You have a gorgeous home, Miss Megan!

    Regarding living spaces: we only have the living room. But since we don't have the TV, we can group all of the furniture around the fireplace.


  5. Megan, your home is so charming! I love older homes and like that you kept your colors light and bright. I agree that the wing chairs in a tan check would be delightful in the LR. Having both rooms is also nice for all of the reasons you mentioned...
    Cathy @ Room Rx

  6. Megan, I know what you mean about living rooms being a thing of the past. I see people post about wanting to put there feet up on a living room coffee table and I just tighten up. I grew up in a home where the living room was special. I used to go in there a lot to play the piano and practice.We used the living room for Sunday after noons when we had company and my mother belonged to a Homemakers club and when she had meeting. My favorite was Christmas when the tree was in there, and we would go in there and open our presents and spend a good part of that day in there with family. I know that is not often to use a room, but sure is nice to have one you can use like that. Todays world is changing and most people are very relaxed about there homes. They do not seem to be a place to entertain like they once did. Pride has gone with the TV and computer games. Your rooms both look inviting and comfortable, I would think they could be used any time by any one. Thanks for sharing and listening, Richard from My Old Historic House.