Unlike a movie theater, nobody sits in the middle at our house. We hang out in the kitchen or over by the computer and the TV, but the comfy couches and coffee table are abandoned 90 percent of the time.
I drink my morning coffee, read my Bible and check emails every morning on one of the love seats. I’m always a little surprised, to be honest maybe affronted, when the MR positions himself on the opposite love seat on the weekends. I like my space in the mornings. But that’s the only time this sitting area is used. How did this come to be the formal living room where nobody wants sit?
It has a great view, a place to put a drink, and it’s in the middle of everything. Why does no one want to be here?
Well, one of the reasons might be that it’s not our furniture. All the leather pieces and the coffee table are gifts of the house (just some of the many things the former owners left behind). It may seem strange to keep this furniture that has seen better days; but to be honest, our house would be empty without it. My little flower chair–yes, it’s the same one Olivia Dunham has in her apartment on Fringe cause she has really good taste–would be lost and alone in all this space by itself.
We do have plans for this area someday, but we’ve also agreed that fixing the deck, redoing the siding and upgrading the boiler and heating system should probably take precedence over new furniture. A girl can dream.
Once upon a time, this must have been the gathering place for the former owners. I don’t think I’ve shown you this hidden treasure.
In case you’re wondering, no it doesn’t work. But just for fun, I like to pull out the projector and show people how the screen automatically slides down. I’m sure this was state of the art 20 years ago, but now it’s just another oddity.
So we are back to the question, how to draw people in and make this area more inviting? I was at Joann’s (the fabric store) the other day and may have hit upon the solution–a puzzle. They had this farm puzzle on clearance for $5, and I said why not.
I love puzzles, and for the first time ever, I actually have more than one table in my house. Eating dinner around a jigsaw puzzle is not my idea of a good time. We can leave this out, and people can work on it as they feel led. I like that it features a farm and that our view of the valley shows a dozen farms and plowed fields.
I don’t know that this will draw people in, but it’s worth a try. If we all still migrate towards the kitchen or the TV area, I’m OK with that as long as we’re together.
Do you have neglected corners in your house? Where does your family like to spend time together?