a couple weeks ago i had to say, “you were right” to my husband. which was quickly followed jokingly with, “there’s a first time for everything”!
we were rearranging the furniture after the christmas pretties came down and i had my mind set on how it would be this time. sean had another idea. and idea i had had before, tried it, it didn’t work, so i dismissed it. but, charming as he is, he convinced me to give it another try. and by golly, it worked. hence the admission of his brilliance i needed to bestow upon him ;)
we have a very open living space, which is trickier to work with than i ever thought it would be. here’s the problem areas: 1) our entry lands you splat in the middle of our living space. no foyer or entry way. just open the door and oh, there’s a couch right there! 2) our living space has to also function as a passage way to our playroom, our most used space in the house. and 3) not so much a problem area, but just a problem of mine. i like things to either be very symmetrical, or nowhere near it. so the couches need to be centered on the fireplace or its not happening. period. did you know that i’m picky like this?
this is what the couch most often is set up like, mainly because it is facing the fireplace and the tv we hardly ever watch. there is usually a chair on the right and an ottoman on the left.
this was “left over” from moving around the furniture for a boutique here. it looked terrible – waaaay too much open space. i was just lazy about moving it and left it this way for a few weeks.
this was the set up for christmas, with a chair on either side of the tree.
so it was time to rearrange things and we decided to try both couches in the living room again, which didn’t work well before (no pics, sorry). they are 2 different couches, slightly different sizes and heights. i tried making them in an “L” shape and it looked silly. as much as i loved having a place to sit in the playroom, the couch really is too big for the space, so we tried it again in the living room.
and it works! there is a little funky space behind the couch at the window that we filled with a sofa table. i hate to bury the pretty table, but the space back there was too narrow for a walkway, but looked silly just leaving it open. and the table is much shorter than the couch, but i am just rolling with it. its fine, right? i’m sure i’m breaking some cardinal decorating sin, but oh well!
see? you can’t even see the table behind the couch. now i think it looks kind of silly.
moving on… see i still haven’t recovered the ottoman i planned on finishing before school started? its only been like this for like 2 years. i’m a bit of a procrastinator, if you haven’t guessed already.
so there’s the entry way, right into our living room, but at least its not into the back of a couch for now, and that small change makes me happy. the suitcases and blankets will stay behind the couch, but i think i’ll just add a few more to make it a bit more substantial.
and the coffee tables just swapped spots. this one is in here some of the time, in the playroom for others. i found it at a garage sale a few years ago and just repainted it, distressed it and glazed it. speaking of, have you read the altar’d guide to repainting furniture and specialty finishes? you must. click over on my sidebar for it.
so there you have it. a little something new for the new year!