How to Create Guest-Worthy Living Spaces for the Holidays

When it comes to interior design, the dining room gets the bulk of the attention at Thanksgiving.  But after the big meal – or when you gather your family to pull presents out from under the Christmas tree – the attention turns to lounging together.

At James Craig Furnishings, we’ve been pouring over offerings from our abundant list of partners to find just the right pieces to help you create a guest worthy living room in time for the holidays.  Here’s a quick round up of some simple updates and additions to consider.

Super Sized Sofas

When all of your guests pile into the living room, a standard sofa is never enough.  We love how a four seat sofa can accommodate the the whole gang, or as a spot for one lucky soul to curl up – and maybe take that post-feast nap.  A tailored option that keeps catching our eye is the Lee Industries extension sofa.

Lee Industries Extension Sofa

Lee Industries Armless Chaise in LeatherWe’re also enamored with the armless chaise from Lee.  This modern design looks just right dressed in leather.  Toss a cozy winter throw at the foot and you’ll definitely find someone napping here at half time.

Mad for Plaid

There’s just something about plaid that feels like the holiday season.  Whether you choose a traditional Scottish tartan or a contemporary grey plaid reminiscent of menswear, adding upholstered furniture in a checkered print is a surefire way to add a little Christmas cheer to your living room.  Opt for an armchair, ottoman or love seat for maximum impact that doesn’t carry the commitment of a sofa.  We love these two options from Vanguard Furniture.  Traditional and cozy for the win!

Deep-Rooted Comfort

A sectional is a great way to make sure there is seating for the whole gang, especially when all eyes are glued to the big Thanksgiving day game.  But for maximum comfort, look for seating with a few inches of extra depth.  This gorgeous model from Vanguard is designed so you can curl up your feet with ease and the ample back cushions help you sink back in comfort.

Vanguard Deep Sofa

Beat Blah with Bold Patterns

An accent chair is a great way to dress up your living room.  But the safety of neutrals is often best left to the sofa.  An adventurous pattern or palette can be both comfortable and chic – and it can add much needed seating before you have too many guests and not enough seats.  Of course, James Craig Furnishings has many lines of custom upholstered furniture to choose from.  And most of our offerings can be dressed in a wide variety of fabrics, either from the collection or of your choosing.  Here’s a collection of a few fun options we love right now from Vanguard.

Down and Out

Running out of seating? Don’t overlook the comfort of what’s underfoot. Add a luxurious swath of lounge space with a custom rug and a few large cushions.  Surya has a huge selection, including this vibrant, textured rug.

Surya Textured Rug

Put it Down

Of course, with all those extra guests, you’ll find that your living room needs ample spots to safely perch a drink or bowl of popcorn.  Our perspective: every room could use a side table, so why not make it fabulous? These little gems are a great way to emphasize a style already prevelant in your room or add a burst of personality. Here are just a few stylish choices from Vanguard, Stanley and Brownstone.

Take it Outside.

Ample pillows, soft throws and pots of gorgeous fall flowers are the perfect complements to quality patio furniture on a cozy porch.  With Houston’s sumptuous temperate weather, it’s always fun to gather guests around the fire pit to roast marshmallows and lounge under the moon.  If you’re in the market for new outdoor furniture, look no further than Sunset West.  Their substantial collection of superior seating and occasional tables is the ideal complement to the gulf coast climate.

Sunset West Coronado Wicker Outdoor

What are your top tips for creating living spaces that are company friendly? Tell us in the comments and we may feature your response on Facebook or Twitter.





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