Before the social season picks up, it’s time to take a look at the spaces where guests will linger longest. In our new series, “Eat, Drink, And Be Giving”, we’re going room by room to help get your home ready for all your upcoming gatherings. Today, we’re focusing on the living room, a space where guests can get comfortable, or be arranged for a fabulous cocktail party.
The living room is a challenging space to update, mainly because it’s nearly always in use. That’s why we advocate taking a piece-by-piece approach to the room. This way, you can integrate new finds without disrupting your daily routine. The other challenge is a bit tougher: Because you use your living room every day, it’s hard to get a fresh perspective on the space. The best ideas often come from looking at new pieces — why not start with a few of our favorite furniture and accessories for the living room?
Why we love them: This bold set is a great choice for a conversational grouping. It’s not just because the chairs are stylish — each seat swivels to make it easy to turn to face a guest. We also love the unique vintage character they add to the space. After all, the set was designed by mid-century brand Cumberland Furniture of New York in the style of Milo Baughman.
Why we love it: Another standout vintage find, this time in a more traditional style. The coffee table gracefully anchors your seating area and has a bold presence without being distracting, thanks to its strong silhouette.
Why we love it: When you want to add color without having to repaint your space, count on a rug. This beautiful rug by Aga John introduces a rich plum hue into your décor. At 9’10” x 12’7″, it’s also large enough to visually divide an open floor plan, or act as a room-sized rug in smaller spaces.
Why we love it: If you’re not shy about color and are looking for a sofa that makes a very strong impression, look no further than this stylish design by Avery Boardman. It’s upholstered in a rich velvet, a material that’s come back in a big way this season.
Why we love them: Dual side tables offer plenty of room to rest a drink during a cocktail party, but can also be moved easily to clear up floor space when needed. We like these particular side tables for the surprising contrasting blue interior.