Living Room Ideas
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Sofas have been around since ancient Egyptian and Greek times, but pharaohs and upper crust Athenians weren’t lounging on anything close to today’s tufted sectionals with chaise storage. “Couches” consisted of sturdy wooden benches and continued as such well into the 16th century. In fact, the sofa was really something to perch on — not lounge on — until the 1680s, when the first padded chair came to Versailles, inspiring the court to take a load off.
As the new year unfolds, it’s normal to look around your home and feel the need to start over there, too. Living rooms, in particular, typically get the most foot traffic and thus usually attract the most design attention, especially around the holiday season when you may be entertaining more. Now that the holidays are over, and the festive seasonal decor is packed away, you’re probably ready to refresh you space.
Some of the coolest-looking homes are the ones filled from top to bottom with vintage finds. While IKEA is cool, and I love sales from big retailers like West Elm, there’s nothing like the history and character you get from thrifted secondhand finds. All sorts of tips and tricks on how to get the most out of thrift shopping exist, but the real skill is finding a place for your items once you get them home.
New year, new you… right? Well if your living room is still looking the way it did a few months or even a few years ago, you might feel as though that’s the furthest thing from your reality. Maybe you’ve spent the better part of the past year and a half sitting in said living room, and even though you’re likely the only one who notices any flaws, you can’t help but not see them when you walk in the room now. No worries!
With all of that in mind, I thought it was a no-brainer to forgo a sofa. My last two apartments had sofas and I rarely used them. I distinctly remember spending more time pushing the sofas out of the way so that I could practice on the pole or stream workout videos in the living room at the height of the pandemic.