In my house, I only have one such room. I have a Great Room combined with my kitchen. We don’t have a separate living room, but we do have a separate dining room. When we had the opportunity to choose a new floor plan, after our house burned to the ground in the 2007 Southern California wildfire known as the Witch Fire, we decided we’d rather have the one large room. Because I wanted everyone to be together at family events and parties.
You see, in our old house that we lost in the fire, we had a separate kitchen, a separate dining room and a separate living/family room that were separated by walls, doors and hallways. Too much separation, in my opinion. So, when I was in the kitchen cooking (which was often), I was always isolated from the activity that was happening in the rest of the house.
Plus, when we had a party or a family gathering, all the women were in my small kitchen and all the men were in the large living room watching TV. Now this really isn’t a problem for most, but in my family we have mostly women and very few men! So, the women were in the small kitchen getting in each other’s way and the men were in the large living room yucking it up and screaming at the sports events happening on the TV.
Well, I’ve solved that by having this one large room and when we have family events and parties, chaos rules! But, its wonderful chaos, warm-fuzzy chaos, happy chaos and I’m a part of all of it!
If you are a new visitor to our blog, I create lists of 42 for household inventory purposes and for others to use in the event of a catastrophic loss. It took us 9 months of working nights and weekends on our whole house inventory list that was a requirement of settling our personal property insurance claim. If I can help lessen someone else’s burden by creating these lists that are always available on our website and Pinterest, then I’m happy to help in this small way.
Plus, I provide a FREE printable list at the end of every post that can be added to your own household inventory binder. Here’s the list of 42 Things in Your Living Room, Family Room and/or Great Room:
As the primary hangout spot in most homes, the living room needs to be both stylish and functional. These space-defining sofas ensure everyone can have a seat in the favorite room of the home.
 LOVE SEAT
Not every living room has enough space for a traditional sofa and love seat pairing — or even for a traditional sofa. But that’s okay. By using just a love seat, you not only make tight quarters appear less cramped, you also have the opportunity to catch the wave of a hot furnishing trend — mixing your pieces, rather than matching them.
An ottoman is often an underappreciated living room staple. The piece of furniture is actually a multipurpose gem: It can be used as a cocktail table substitute, a decorative footstool for a sofa, or space-saving storage.
 END TABLES
A single end table is in dark wood with a glass top, to match the curved coffee table. The table is used to display accents, like a small plant and a shell dish.