This Living Room Furniture Combo Will Convince You to Get Rid of Your Sofa

Emma Bazilian
Photo credit: Annie Schlechter

From House Beautiful

Forget the standard-issue sectionals and super-deep sofas (and don't even get us started on recliners)—it turns out that the best furniture for lounging in front of the TV might not be any of the above.

For proof, look no further than this coastal Nova Scotia getaway designed by Toronto-based Philip Mitchell. The owners, a husband and wife, had asked him to create a weekend haven where they could escape the city and relax—sometimes with visitors (they have grown children), but often without. So rather than designing an entertaining-focused beach house, Mitchell tailored the space to fit the couple's specific needs.

That translated into some out-of-the-box furniture choices, especially in the den. "Rather than setting the room up traditionally with a sofa and a couple of chairs, they said, 'Let’s just do something that’s more about the two of us,'" explains Mitchell. So he designed a custom pair of tufted chaises—"something that was going to be chic-looking and interesting, but also comfortable for them," he adds—and placed them next to each other across from the television.

Now the couple can stretch out side by side—no awkwardly lying sideways on the sofa or pulling up an ottoman every time they want to put their feet up—while watching a show, reading a book or just listening to the sound of the crackling fireplace. Says Mitchell, "They spend a lot of time in this room—it really is a refuge designed for two!"

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