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Shifting around

So I’ve been a little lax in sharing big room transformations lately…My focus instead has been on smaller updates here and there, mostly because the house went through rapid fire updating as I scrambled to get ready for my Everygirl photo shoot. Fresh flowers were bought, new accessories that I had been craving but hadn’t justified before were finally picked up and linens were pulled and fluffed to perfection. It was all for a VERY good cause and I was excited to see so much happen in a short amount of time, but afterwards I needed a little breather and have sort of let the house sit as it was for a couple of months.

But I’m starting to get my big project bug again (as evidenced by my slightly large woodworking project over the weekend). John and I have plans to get a move on (literally) with a new house next year, but I don’t want to mentally check out of the one we’re in now just yet. So I’m going to continue making little tweaks to make this townhouse a home. Next up? The living room. When I last left you, we had it arranged in a slightly askew way – Just something a little different from the obvious ways to arrange the furniture. The flow was good and seating fostered wonderful conversation.

That said, I was ready for a change – Something a little simpler and something that DIDN’T revolve around the television. You see, up to this point, I had been arranging the living room so that the couch had at least a slight angle towards the TV. But we really only rarely use the living room for TV viewing, instead using it as a conversational, social area. There was no justifiable reason that I should feel constricted to have the couch face the TV, so I decided to switch things up.

It was time for our biggest Big Box Store purchase (the couch) to get the spotlight, so I pushed it up against the center of the long wall and re-positioned the big New York print over top. The book shelf got pushed into the corner, while the yellow chair found a spot in front of the big windows. Pushing the furniture up against the wall definitely helped the space open up and seem more inviting, as opposed to the lovely, yet more “cozy” arrangement before.

While at first glance this new arrangement isn’t focused on the television, it’s actually still conducive to watching the news in the morning. The photo below is my view from the yellow chair in front of the window and John could easily join me by reclining across the length of the couch.

The only SLIGHT issue with this new arrangement is the big wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide open space we now have in the entryway. It’s hard to really get the full effect without seeing it in person, but it’s a little vast. Maybe that negative, blank space is a good thing though – So much of the house has been worked over and, while it’s perfectly comfortable, this clean, empty space could be a good balance. I’m going to live with it for a little while and get back to you on how I feel – Maybe a runner down the hall would define things a little more? We’ll see! For now, the animals are having a great time in the open square footage, running and sliding and wrestling across the empty surface. If they’re happy, how can I not be?

Overall I’m pleased with the new arrangement. It’s fun to come home to a new look – I feel like it gives me a fresh perspective, which is kind of exhilarating in a small way.

Hope you’re enjoying a happy, productive week!

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  • August 29, 2012 - 10:20 am

    Mary Kate - We have the same situation in our house – a big wide open space in the entry that leads into the living room. So far I haven’t found a solution, so I’ll be watching to see if you change anything!ReplyCancel

    • August 29, 2012 - 10:49 am

      Carrie - Well send your ideas my way too if you think of a solution!! I’m thinking a runner, maybe a new chunkier entry table will help…I’ll keep you posted ;) ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2012 - 10:38 am

    Ainhoa - I like this new arrangement a lot better! I actually prefer couches perpendicular to the TV because you can spread out while watching it, and the TV doesn’t scream Look At Me!! this way, haha.ReplyCancel

    • August 29, 2012 - 10:48 am

      Carrie - I’m so glad you like it and that you agree!ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    Katie - I’m liking the switch! We have our sofa/TV is a similar position and that arrangement has stuck for six months or more (which is remarkable considering I love rearranging stuff!)

    Also, your ceiling fan in there is awesome. I get excited when I see a nice one because they’re so hard to come by! Did you put that in? If so, where did you find it? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2012 - 2:41 pm

    Caroline - I like this arrangement as well! If I were you, I would probably try to put a pair of chairs directly across from the couch, to create even more of a conversation area. I can definitely see a pair of wingback chairs, or some style that looks nice from all angles. They’ll definitely need to be the right size so it doesn’t block off the access to the sofa, but more seating is always the solution in my opinion! You just really can never have too many places for folks to perch!ReplyCancel

    • August 29, 2012 - 2:50 pm

      Carrie - Oh, good call!! I hadn’t thought of that…And I agree – You can never have too much seating =)ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2012 - 10:41 am

    Alex Landar - What happened to the brass magazine holder?ReplyCancel

    • August 30, 2012 - 10:50 am

      Carrie - Sitting next to the bar cart =) Don’t worry – It didn’t go anywhere!ReplyCancel

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