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It depends on a lot of factors, most notably quality. Yes, you can find an armchair new at IKEA for $300, while reupholstering an existing chair might cost $400. But if that chair is a high-quality, hardwood piece and you're reupholstering it with down-wrapped cushions, you're going to have a much more comfortable chair that lasts a whole lot longer. We live in LA and found a pair of vintage club chairs for $200 on Craigslist that we got reupholstered for $400 each. None of the $500 arm chairs we sat in at West Elm, Pottery Barn, and other chain stores were nearly as comfortable, plus we got to pick exactly the color we wanted!

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Margit DiPietro

#2 is perfect for me. It's hard to talk to someone sitting next to you on a couch, so the chairs are a much better choice. Especially if they swivel.

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We went tech free on the entire first floor of our house almost two years ago and it's the best thing we ever did!! Although we do listen to music.

Our meals and prepping for meals is so nice because we really talk! If we want to watch a show we go to the second floor open space or pile up on our bed. When there is a big game on TV we pull out a portable projection device and play the games on the walls -inside or out.

I love that there is no background noise dragging down the conversations or distracting my husband, 9 and 15 year old sons from being together and present in the moment. Times together are too precious and fleeting as it is. And big screens are ugly anyways!!
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