It's no surprise that when lifestyles change, so do the rooms within our houses.
Architects these days spend more of their time discussing the island bench than they do the kids play area...either because people have stopped having children, or because children now limit their play to the trusty Ipad.
When was the last time you gathered the family over for a film around the sofa "Castle Style"?
I'm guessing you can't remember.
Entertaining? Gone are the days of serving tea in the parlour. Most visitors now drape themselves over the 'guest side' of the island bench as their host serves tea straight out of the kettle.
I always teach my clients that their design should satisfy the household's frequent needs BEFORE catering to infrequent events. So before racing off to buy a giant clam shell for your Christmas centrepiece (no thanks Ivanka), have a think about what you'll use all year round that will add style and function to your home, rather than fill a cupboard.
So for whom (or what) is the living room?
Everybody has different needs, but most of the time we get asked for the same few things - a quiet space; away from bedrooms and kitchen smells; easy to climate control; access to light and ventilation, but not too much light so that it doesn't interfere with the tv, and finally, the most frequented request, COSY.
So, if it's just for mum and dad to relax in at the end of the day,
should you rethink the need for an 8 person lounge?