I'm listening to: The Black Keys: Gold on the Ceiling
Remember when you were 10? And you would take every last thing out of your bedroom and move it into the hallway? And then move it all back in, but in a totally different arrangement? And you would do this like twice a year? Wasn’t that fun?
Oh wait, that was just me?
Oh. OK. Well, I *still* love doing that. Rearranging furniture is the best. Because 1. It’s free. 2. You start to like stuff you thought you hated. 3.The room works in a totally different (hopefully better) way and 4. It’s free.
I get it from my mom I think. Though I didn’t grow up in the same house as her, when I finally did live with her (2005-2010) I think we rearranged the apartment at least once a year. You’d be surprised how many new ways we can find to rearrange a room. I do it instinctively when I enter a room. Any room. And yes, if I’ve been to your house, I’ve done it to your house in my head.
So nanny family? Yep, had been doing it to their living room (in my head) for a year. So my mom told them we’d do it -for free- when all the construction was done. So last Friday, we rolled up, and got to work. Here it is:
From the front door:
From the hallway/fron door looking at the front of the house:
From the front hallway looking at the corner, and Oh! Sadie the Dog:
And from the den/playroom looking at the couch:
My biggest issue with this space is an issue that bugs me in most spaces: how do you have a conversation in this space? If three adults are there, where do you sit? What is all the furniture doing on the walls? And what in the hell are those leather chairs doing by the window? WHO SITS THERE?
What is boils down to is this: how does the furniture “talk” to each other? Cause in this room? It was not at all. And the fireplace (with it’s brand new gas insert) was WAY across the room from any seating besides the little (not so comfy) flowered chair. And worst, when you walked in the room, the first thing you saw was that buffet. Full of stuff. It just did not feel welcoming.
We tried a couple of things, and this is what we finished with:
Are you ready?
That’s the view from the den. It’s the best shot to see the full space. When you walk in, and look into the living room to the den it’s this:
So graphic and such a great display of their LOVE of pictures of their girls. The mantle isn’t crowded, and the pictures draw your eye into the room.
And the leather chairs are actually making sense in the room:
The pillow situation is a work in progress. But this was all they had. It’s better than nothing, trust me.
And that buffet-turned-entertainment center-storage?
SO much better! First off, you don’t even see it when you walk in the door now. Second: All the photos are grouped. Groups=more impact & less “messy”. Third: I had these two lamps which I no longer use and they *desperately* need lighting in this room. The shades are the same shape as a lamp they already had, and though they are brushed nickle where the other lamps are ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze), it doesn’t bother me as much since the frames are mostly silver/nickle.
Here is another view:
Lets just get one more view:
UGH! YEAY! You can sit close to people! The fireplace plays with the whole room! It looks like adults live there and you can use the room for something other than TV watching! AND IT WAS ALL FREEEEEEEEEEE.
That’s my favorite.