Sometimes a sofa is just not right for a space. One type of furniture arrangement I love is four (or more) upholstered chairs grouped facing each other with an ottoman or table in the middle. It is sure to make for great conversation and an intimate, cozy feel.
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Veranda - Pamela Pierce
Veranda - Richard Hallberg
Traditional Home - Henry Brown
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Perfect for small square or round rooms or as a secondary seating group in a larger rectangular room.
Can't you just see "retiring" here after a nice dinner with another couple? Or maybe your children? A long talk, a family meeting, game playing.....such a comfy place to connect.
What a great example of design influencing behavior.