In the sixth grade, my daughter wrote a letter to the Assistant Principal protesting the lunchroom seating arrangments. She did not agree with the rule that she had to eat lunch with her classmates from the last class before lunch. She argued she should be able to eat lunch with her friends and not her peers from English class. It turns out she was about to learn a few life lessons in seating arrangements.
Despite a passionate, handwritten letter, her decision was overruled.
Life Lessons in Seating Arrangments
My daughter continued to sulk (complain) until one day she noticed that funny sixth-grade boy sitting next to her at the lunch table. “Mom, Anthony is so funny.”
It turns out she found a few life lessons in seating arrangments over the lunch hour.
Apparently, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Just like middle school students, I am obsessed with seating arrangments with cozy corners that include chairs, benches, and barstools.
I purchased these chairs at Williams-Sonoma while shopping online for a zucchini spiralizer. I had a $37 balance on a gift card from my in-laws. Somehow, I ended up with four white, upholstered chairs and a matching, upholstered bench in my online hopping cart.
And, visions of conversations over wine or coffee danced in my head.
The upholstered chairs sit around this table we bought when we moved to Denver. The table’s raw edge surface make it impractical for table settings, but we love this table. Our dining room table is the center of attention when we entertain.
I added two barstools for the open seating we created when we knocked out this wall between the kitchen and dining rooms.
Visions of a breakfast bar gave way to a drop off site for the mail and Amazon.
Pillows are a great way to create cozy seating. I found these down-filled pillows at HomeGoods. A woman in front of me in the checkout line said she found the same pillows in velvet at Christmas.
I love when I can have best friend level conversation with a complete stranger over pillows in the lines at Homegoods.
I tucked this upholstered chair from Wayfair under a window. It’s a great chair for the overflow from the kitchen. I never want to be short a seat for the unexpected guest.
Here is a new seating arrangement I am working on in our family room. It is never too early to think about the holidays and guests and seating.
And, the promise of finding new life lessons along the way.
What are your favorite life lessons related to your home?