Thank's to Karen Anne's suggestion, I took a not-so-scientific pole on facebook and have settled on this arrangement in the sitting area. There was much rejoicing from the men in the house. I've been under the wether lately and stuck at home. I'm not one to sit still long, so I've been coming up with things for them to move, scooch, hang, etc. I think they are ready for me to get better.
I like this version. I have a rug on order that I think will help tie it all together. Yes, I know I have carpet. Yes, I am aware I don't need a rug. But that carpet is not staying long term. It has been nice this winter. A far more cozy winter than at the old farmhouse, I'll give you that. But I personally think that has more to do with the walls being three bricks thick than the carpet.
What lies beneath this carpet is the question. We know from talking to the neighbors that the breakfast room has some sort of old linoleum on top of the wood floors. The Sheville addition, of course, is most likely just plywood. A wall was removed between the sitting area here and the formal dining room so the wood floors there are probably non existent or filled with who-knows-what. So until I am prepared to put new plank flooring all throughout the downstairs, I am just going to pretend the carpet isn' t there. So yes, I'm going to put a rug on it.