I took an idea from Country Living's cover and arranged all our children's chairs opposite the sofa. The white one was mine as a child, but we try to pick them up whenever we see them for a couple of dollars apiece. Here's a new one we sprayed with some leftover yellow paint. They are small enough to tuck under this yard sale coffee table. We bought it to use as a desk in Andrew's second bedroom. Its melamine top had bubbled from moisture. We replaced it with a Ponderosa pine panel from Lowe's, stained and waxed. Did you know you can buy boards big enough to use as tabletops there?
So far the arrangement works better than I could have hoped. It's the perfect spot for a snack or a game. My husband can lie down and talk while I prepare dinner on the other side of the island. I'm so grateful for this cozy space!