More than three months after we moved in, our living room still stands almost empty.
The obvious way to furnish it would be like this, as it was when we first saw it.
But we don't need more couches and we definitely don't need another television. (Suggestions of televisions in all rooms with 24-hour sport did not fly.)
And so it remains empty, except for our old couch, the armchair that I will soon move to baby sister's room, the toy box that holds Alannah's paints and brushes, and a few toys strewn about.
It's still early days in our design plans, but we see it as a shared reading, writing and creating space. A library, salon, studio, and parlour.
It would have a big shared table in the middle, perhaps square, perhaps rectangular, flanked with comfortable chairs. Of an evening, we would be there working, reading or relaxing. Of a Saturday night, there might be friends for dinner or a poker game. Of a Sunday morning, we would be there reading and chatting with our coffees.
Along the wall opposite the fireplace, there would a large bookshelf stacked to the brim. On one side of the fireplace, there would be an inviting armchair and ottoman; on the other, perhaps little armchairs and a bookshelf with a rotating mix of library books and home favourites. One day, there might even be a working gas fireplace and welcoming hearth.
It would all start with the centrepiece table. I have struggled to put my finger quite on what it would be like. Would it be hardwood, heavy and dark? Or would that overpower the room? Perhaps something lighter, slimmer, more modern?
Recently, Brenda from benah posted this beautiful space on instagram. I had not pictured anything like this table; could it be what we are looking for?