time for change

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!


  1. 1

    I like it, it looks really good! :)

  2. 2

    anyway you slice it, it looks great! i am glad you also dare to have white couches in your house- people think i’m nuts…but with slipcovers, they wash! your space is inspiring- it is really beautiful!

  3. 3

    Looks GREAT! And I don’t think there is a problem with the table being shorter, because you can totally see the stuff on it! I like it! A lot! :)


  4. 4

    First, the couches look great!

    Second, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your house! I don’t think I’ve ever seen pics of it since I started reading your blog. I officially want my casa to look like yours :)

  5. 5

    I love the new arrangement. Your house is so fun! It makes me want to be more colorful! My Fiesta would look great in your house.

  6. 6

    First, your home is lovely. So bright and uncluttered… very inspiring. Love the pillows, the blue jars, the playroom & colour on the walls (the little guy on the desk is tooo cute!), the yellow desk, etc. I like the couches arranged like they are but I’d have to get the table behind them moved. It’s just too crowded for my taste :( It’s cool that you can see the stuff on it and it’s always nice to have a place to display loved items :)

  7. 7

    Your space is beautiful! So light and airy and inviting. I love it!
    Thanks for sharing all the photos!


  8. 8

    It looks great. I am jealous of how beautiful your house it!

    I covet your playroom!

  9. 9

    First of all, that playroom is fantastic. I thought it was a picture from Pottery Barn Kids (seriously). The arrangement of the furniture is PERFECT now. I love the way is separates the spaces and creates a cozier area to gather. I do have one tiny suggestion. I like the sofa table behind the sofa but it needs a lamp on it. Or depending on how long the table is, you could do a buffet lamp on each end. The height and extra lighting will pull everything together. Just my 2 cents. Have a great day!

  10. 10

    I love your house! It’s so open and light! :-)

  11. 11

    looks fabulous. and you didn’t have to buy a thing.

  12. 12

    Swooooooon!!! Oh, my heart is beating with jealousy! I love your style. White + colors = happy.

  13. 13

    i love to switch things up!….however this new house is a challenge as there are lots of “rooms” and they’re not so flexible. i get my fix by changing up all the extras. your room looks inviting and fresh!

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    Sarah Balzac says:

    The table behind the couch looks great. The point there isn’t how the table looks like, but whats being displayed. The only thing I would change is the placement of those suitcases. They are just too short and look lost and as if someone came in from a trip and just left them there. That does need to change, at least I think. Besides that, the house looks gorgeous!

  15. 15

    it looks fantastic! good job:) and you may have a few things going on hence the not recovering of your ottoman. *wink*

  16. 16

    It looks great! When can I come over?;)

  17. 17

    Your home is so beautiful! I liked every version of the living room you showed :) But the 2 couches is nice for extra seating in the living room and I’m sure it clears up a lot of room in the playroom. I love how open and bright your living room is! And I love, love, love the pillows on your couch against the white!

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    1. I love your house and your open floor plan!

    2. Nice mix of white, neutrals, and pops of color!

    3. I LOVE the table behind the couch. I have always loved that look.

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    Don’t you just love small changes? I love moving things around. My husband hates it. But, I always say that I am the one who is here 24/7. We use our back door 100% of the time and it comes right into our kitchen!! I HATE it!! All the winter boots, snowpants, jackets, backpacks:/// This summer (i hope) we are making a mud room in my daughters room:( (she hates it), she will share with her younger sister. I want the mud room now when they are young, and we NEED one!!
    Ok, I think I have said enough;) BTW it looks great!! The bright pillows are so cute and that yellow dress, LOVE!

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    Your house is fabulous! I love the set up! I do have one question for you. What color is the gray paint? I’m looking at painting my livingroom gray and I have all of these swatches to choose from and deciding on the perfect shade is overwhelming. I love the shade of gray on your walls.

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    I just recently found your blog thru Lisa Leonard and I enjoy reading it everyday. I have to tell you that your house looks like something out of a pottery barn catalog. Its beautiful! Love the set-up of your den. And that playroom!!!!! Its to DIE for. I’d love something like that for my 4 babies.

  22. 22

    Your house is GORGEOUS!! Love it.

  23. 23

    Looks great! I really love the open floor plan, & lighting. The yellow table by the door is beautiful, I love the color .Your decorating style is so inspiring! I think I may get to work on my house today. You look so organized!

  24. 24

    Looks Awesome! I love that playroom too. Couldn’t tell if it was y ours or a magazine pic. I did not notice the table being shorter than the couch, so no worries…

  25. 25

    Oh, I love the redesign with the two sofas! I’m having a tricky space issue very similar to this one and for the same reason–no entry space! My extra problem is that I have a big old school style TV in our living room as well… and it DOES get lots of use, so I’m struggling with how to balance out the big TV and the fireplace without keeping the TV diagonally in the corner. I’m going to force my husband to look at this post so he can see why I’ve been nagging him to help me rearrange things! :)

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. 26

    I’m in love with your house! The colors, the style, it is so you! (well, what I know of you from your blog and wiww!) thanks for sharing and can I please share that school/playroom?!

  27. 27

    You’re living space is great. Love all the ways you do the furniture. I am a big fan of changing stuff around to suit seasons, moods…whatever. Your open space is awesome…great family space!

  28. 28

    Your room looks GREAT! Our style is very much the same – love the airy, open feeling.

  29. 29

    What about raising the table behind the couch with some painted/glazed/distressed blocks of wood?
    Love the rearrange.

  30. 30

    The couches look GREAT! Don’t second guess yourself. The table behind it looks really good too. LOVE it!! Your house is soooo beautiful!

  31. 31

    I just love your house! It makes me so happy. When I saw your coffee table in the playroom post about a year ago I fell in love. My dining table is a similar design so I’m in the process of doing a very similar refinish on it. Just love it. Ugh- one day, my house will look like yours- open, airy, beautiful, eclectic designed chaos. BUt good chaos. Does that make any sense? I just love it!

  32. 32

    It looks so pretty, Linds! I love the couches flanking both sides of the fireplace! I actually think I would swap the suitcases with the sofa table. The narrow little space between the sofa and the window could store the suitcase and blankets and open up that space just a bit and the sofa table would look great behind the other couch. It would be totally on display and also offer a bit of height in the middle of the room with the birdcages!!

    P.S. I’m totally a procrastinator too!

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    i love the color of your wooden floors-do you remember the brand and color?

  34. 34

    I love it. I love your style. So fresh and open, with a touch of vintage to make it feel cozy! I think the two couches are perfect in your living area. I actually think that the two look the best of all your previous one couch pictures. Your site gave me inspiration to redo my bedroom, which I’ll be posting about soon, it’s almost finished.

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    Hayley Amack says:

    I love it! It looks great! I don’t think the table behind the couch looks funny at all. It looks great, fresh and beautiful!

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    Why did the “L” look silly? I can’t tell if your couches are the same length or not–is the 2 cushion couch shorter? If it faced the fireplace (the L thing) then you’d have a nice, wide path to the playroom. I imagine you and the kids shimmy around the coffee table to get back there!

    My living room is giving me problems, and yes, I’m doing the shimmy. I have no room to talk! :)

  37. 37

    I think it looks just lovely!

    Having that dresser there works nicely to give that entry a little definition – I LOVE your color palet. I’m new*ish* to your blog so this is the first time I’ve seen your digs – your style is very similar to mine so I look forward to poking around to see more!


  38. 38

    Your house is DREAMY!! I want to live there! Move over PB Catalog, there’s something way more fun, colorful and fabulous on Lindsey’s blog :)

  39. 39

    Next project stolen from Pleated Poppy: Sew cute pillows for couch.

    Thanks for all the inspiration! And I love the table behind the couch. You see it when you come in the door, but you only see the display from the main part of the house. This makes it perfect in my eyes. :)

  40. 40

    Your house is so bright and airy! Love it! That’s exactly how we arranged our furniture in the living room during Christmas, and it worked out well!

  41. 41

    Your home is gorgeous!! :)

  42. 42

    SERIOUSLY OBSESSED WITH YOUR STYLE!!! can we see more, please?!
    also – paint colors?!

  43. 43

    I love all the bright, natural light! It looks so crisp and clean :) Great way to start off the new year.

  44. 44

    it looks really good this way! we have the same problems moving furniture in our house… i think the sofa table looks great. your style is amazing, no one will notice what you are worried about. love the playroom rug, too!

  45. 45

    I love rearranging and I too have doubted my hubby and his ideas. I think it all looks great and man, the light you have is amazing!
    Happy Tuesday!

  46. 46

    I have a feeling that no matter your space plan, I would love your home. It’s just so warm and inviting! But I do think the couches are best in their current positions! I love what you’ve done with them and think you’re brilliant for keeping on trying until you got it right.

  47. 47

    I think it looks fantastic.. awesome job!!

  48. 48

    It looks great! I LOVE your ceilings…

  49. 49

    We have a similar set-up. Except our space is a little smaller. You walk through the front door and you are right in our living room. Your entertainment center and fireplace area inspires me. I might be showing my husband pictures of your place tonight…

  50. 50

    I’m in LOVE with your house!!!

  51. 51

    Hi Lindsey, I often pop by your blog to check out “What I wore Wednesday” (which I love-inspires me to get out of my sweats and jeans), but I don’t comment. However, after seeing your living room pictures thought I had to comment. I love the way the couches are set up, definitely a much better flow to the room now. You have such a knack for decorating. Table looks perfect behind the couch. Cheers!!

  52. 52

    Looks great! I wish I were a rearranger.

  53. 53

    I just love your house! So pretty! The new arrangement is nice. We did a new arrangement after Christmas, also. I’m still not done setting it up, but it’s growing on me.

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    Jessica Blood says:

    I love your house!! So much more comfy than all the wood paneling I have. Could you pleas tell me the color of your walls? And I noticed the space in the entry way right before the kitchen there is a piece of wall that has a chalk board bottom?, is the middle space a cork board are some type of magnetic board?

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    Carol Dichmann says:

    MY HOUSE IS NEVER THIS CLEAN! Even after my cleaning lady leaves! How do you manage the clutter!!!! I’m too overwhelmed~~ See you tomorrow!

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    Emily Zimmerman says:

    Love your blog!!! It’s been a favorite for a long time! Always find so much inspiration!!! Right now I am trying to copy your photo wall in your dining room. Love it! Just need to get to Ikea when they actually have picture ledges in stock. They’re always sold out! Love your new living room set up too. And I think you should leave the ottoman white and push it up next to the last seat on the couch and pretend it’s a couch with a chaise lounge at the end. And did you see the post on the House of Smith’s blog today?? She showed off two chairs she scored at Kmart for 99ea. Two of those would look really cute in your living room facing the fireplace in place of where the ottoman is now.

  57. 57

    It looks great and I wouldn’t worry about the table not showing! It doesn’t look bad at all!

  58. 58

    I love your style! Everything looks so simple, but so sophisticated at the same time. I would love to have a play room set up like yours! I bet your kiddos love playing in there!

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    I’ve always loved your house from pics before, but now that you’ve shown the whole thing, I want to copy every last bit of it! It’s just gorgeous, not to mention relaxed and happy! Would you mind sharing the paint color for the living/dining room? I’ve been searching for something like that…and crossing my fingers that we’ll get some painting done this spring.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  60. 60

    Your house looks like it should be in a magazine! This is beautiful. I have absolutely no skill for decorating and hate all kinds of clutter so my house isn’t pretty. This is really pretty!

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    Love your decorating style…it’s amazing you can keep your whites so white!

  62. 62

    I LOVE your house. Love the white couches., the coffee table, the yellow piece against the wall. Just beautiful!

  63. 63

    So beautiful!! It is so fun to get a look at your house – I love your style!

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    I love it. I love the white sofas. Sometimes husbands know best.

  65. 65

    I LOVE your house! I adore the open concept and your furniture looks beautiful. You’ve got lights of great light!

    Enjoy your pretty home.

  66. 66

    I love seeing the whole layout of your house. I think it looks really nice like this. And I love that coffee table!

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    You have the cleanest floors I’ve ever seen!

  68. 68

    your home is BEAUTIFUL! Your living room/kitchen area looks like the perfect hang out spot! Love it !

  69. 69

    Love the look of your house! I was wondering about your floors? Are the wood or laminet? and if they are laminet are they the free floating or are the secured down? Thanks so much for your time!

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    I am in complete awe and envy of your beautiful, open CLEAN home. Your color theme is exactly what I love. I used to have white couches like that. SOB! And your floors. Can they get more beautiful. Oh, and that coffee table is so cool.
    I hope you really appreciate what you have, because it is just so gorgeous and most importantly, homey!
    We are living in a rental at the moment, so maybe that is why I am so envious:)
    Great job in making your home beautiful and inviting.

  71. 71

    Your house is so beautiful! I love your decorating style and the colors. Can you give us a tour and point out where you’ve gotten things? Specifically I covet your area rug in the playroom, as well as the pillows on your couches, which I know you made. Also, what color is on your walls?
    Your home is lovely, love the floors, white trim, etc. Would you be willing to make a set of pillow covers like that for me? You can choose the exact fabrics, as long as they give that feel and color palette?
    I’m serious.
    Beautiful!! The height of the table doesn’t bother me. Maybe raise up the items on it though or get taller ones?

  72. 72

    Hi there…I’m a new follower. I love your living room. So light and cheery! I’m curious to know what color of blue you used on the coffee table. I just love it!

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    I LOVE the feel of your rooms – so fresh and comfy and happy! I am dying to know where you got your kitchen table – I need a simple design table that extends (looks like your seats 8 – that’s what I want). It’s exactly the style and size I need. Our old one got trashed during our last move, so I am on the hunt. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Hi. I’m new to your site. Love it! What color gray do you use for your walls? Perhaps I missed your answer to this question.


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