When designing living rooms for clients who entertain heavily around the holidays, designer Brian Patrick Flynn often pairs sofas with swivel chairs, which allows for easy conversation in any direction, as well as coffee tables which can double as benches, and occasional tables which also work as stools.
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This photo provided by Kyle Schuneman shows party seating in a living room in a townhouse in Santa Monica, Calif. The cowhide ottoman functions normally as a coffee table but for parties the tray is removed for extra seating. The two Eames stools work well for impromptu seating, and the garden stool next to the chair can be used either as a seat or surface for drinks.