There are a few things I'm considering. First is the actual couch, and material of choice. Two things I know for sure - the couch will be either slipcovered or leather (and I'm leaning towards leather because, really, how often am I going to wash that slipcover?) so that it is more dog-friendly, and I prefer classic/simple lines. It also has to be super comfortable because it will definitely get used.
The second consideration is the layout of the future living room furniture, which will dictate which couch
And a close-up version:
I can think of a few different ways to layout (new) furniture in this room, each with its respective pros and cons (shown thanks to the handy-dandy floorplanner.com software once again).
First up is a simple layout, with just a couch and an armchair. I like this look because it's less cluttered and would allow us to move the TV into that inside corner, thereby freeing up the space over the mantle for decorating! (Also, we could probably start using the fireplace once there is no TV up there - I know they say you can light a fire with a TV over the fireplace as long as the TV isn't running at the same time, but Esposito has major qualms about using the fireplace at all when the TV resides above it). However, seating would be limited to around four people (though we could always pull in chairs from the dining room and one/a few of the many ottomans we have for additional seating if needed).