After 2 years in a one bedroom near Washington Square Park, the living room has a couple of bookcases and some art on the walls. The renter wants the apartment comfortable enough to invite over a few friends, to feel more relaxed at home, and have a nice place to read. "Now I have a place to sleep. I want to have a place I can enjoy more while I'm awake."
We identified 4 goals for the new layout.
1. A place to read outside the bedroom
2. A casual place for two - four people to eat
3. Easy access to the closet
4. Move the desk and desk chair into the living room
To make this happen involves buying a sofa, coffee table, and floor cushions. Additional purchases (living room rug and plant) would make the apartment more comfortable but are not essential to add this functionality to the space.