Cozy Holiday Entertaining Space | Brumbaugh's Fine Home Furnishings

Elizabeth Brumbaugh

How I Created a Cozy Holiday Entertaining Space

It’s that time of year again: holiday entertaining, family for Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations.

This year, I have been working on my open concept living room and kitchen floor plan. I often find a line of separation between these two spaces throughout clients home and even my own. It does bother me to carry on a conversation while washing dishes with someones back turned towards me in the living room. After all, I want to be included in what’s going on and be productive at the same time – chalk it up to my inability to sit still when I see a dirty kitchen!

There were several options on the table in trying to combat this issue. Should I remove the two stationary occasional chairs, whose back is turned toward the kitchen? Not likely, as I need the seating for entertaining. I went to the drawing board and started researching some different seating arrangements. Swivel-motion seating was the answer that I had been searching for! I wanted the ability to have a tailored seat with a fabulous fabric across the back, for all to see, and then have the ability to rotate in order to engage in conversation!

Creating Custom Comfort

custom leather swivel chair

Let me walk you through the evolution of my very own custom swivel chair that I created! First off, I have this fabulous sectional, The Canyon Road. Notice the detail in the fabric-leather combination. The scalloped raised back of the sectional and all the detailed pillows are fabulous. Because of these details, I noticed several swivel chairs, perhaps the Cowboy Cocoas chair or the Llano Barrel Chairs. Instead, I found a frame that complimented the back style of the sectional. I love this chair and the way it turned out – even my puppy approves! The fabric and leather combination goes perfectly with my existing sectional and hand-knotted rug.

leather swivel chair

The best feature of this chair is the swivel mechanism that allows for those sitting in the living room to oscillate 360° and carry on a conversation with those sitting in the kitchen. When selecting the color palette, I utilized the colors that were present in the Canyon Road Sectional and then drew an inference from my drapery and cabinet finish shown in the photo below. I love the traditional Habersham finishes on cabinetry and this is something we recreated in my kitchen.

holiday entertaining swivel chair

These chairs showcase a touch of rustic with the finish on the leather and fabric, especially with the twisted fringe pillows. The center fabric softened the chair as a whole and provides that subtle elegance.  Overall, these chairs are the unifying piece that brings together the style of the kitchen and living room. They also bring together those that are seated in both areas. I am so glad the addition of these two occasional chairs provided a solution to my dilemma and added a fun new place for my sweet puppy to rest! All in a day’s work, now bring on the holidays!

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