Living room, schmiving room. Are you skydiving in there? Are you hosting dance parties? Are you meeting new people and trying new foods and having zany fun adventures? No! So why pretend that any sort of living is going on in the living room? Why not convert it into an office, which A) you will probably use way more anyway, and B) makes no pretenses. An office is an office. Everyone knows what happens in an office. Bidness.
Checkout Brooke’s empty front room turned office-center-of-serious-productiveness right now, with an added bonus of an adjacent foyer makeover. Note the planked wall, my favorite! Much more to see on her blog Start At Home.