Gezelig is a Dutch word (that I hope I spelled correctly) that means comfortable, cozy, and/or warm. It's basically a word describing that warm fuzzy feeling you get when surrounded by your family and favorite things on a crisp winter night. At least that's how I perceive it anyway.
While at home with my little sick chick on Sunday morning, I decided to rearrange my living room. (It is about the only room in our house that lends itself to rearranging regularly. Most of the rest of the rooms are too small to do anything with them. I decided to have a little fun with it and create two sitting areas. Since we rarely to never have adult company over these days, I put the couch and love seat back to back. Now we can curl up in front of the fire with a hot coca and a book, or sit with several of us and chat amongst each other.
This room has become the most popular room in our home. Hours and hours are spent in here reading, studying, chatting, laughing, playing games, doing puzzles, and enjoying life as a big, busy family. The poor furniture is beginning to show that love. All of it is very dirty (I'm going to rent a cleaner one of these days), and the couch and loveseat are beginning to unravel on the cushions in the center as that's where everyone seems to park their behinds. Also there is a little doggie that feels he must be with his people and loves to park his furry little body on the furniture also. The one chair is covered and the only one he is supposed to go on, but of course we, and he all disobey that rule and allow him to sprawl across our laps.
I've been starting to look on Kijiji (the Canadian version of Craigslist) for a new to us set. I am thinking leather? I'm not sure though. What would better withstand the wear and tear of a big busy family and a little dog? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.