It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I really like to rearrange my furniture. That's why I even surprised myself that I actually left it the same way for a year and a half! To me, arranging furniture is much more than scooting things around until they look good. It all has to make sense. The sofas need to face the focal point of the room. If you're going to watch TV in the room then that's certainly going to be part of the focal point. The furniture needs to be placed in a way that allows good conversation when visiting. There needs to be adequate lighting, spaced out in a way that not only compliments the room but has each sitting area well lit to be able to read by, sew, or whatever. I also like to make sure that there is a place to sit a drink or a plate no matter where you're sitting. It's important to my husband to have a place to prop his legs up on an ottoman. In this case, I was able to relocate the armoire that holds our TV because we have a cable outlet on both sides of the room. This is something to consider as you think about rearranging. If you want to move your TV and you don't have a cable outlet in another area, you need to consider if it's worth having a new one installed.
Ok, so those are the basics but after taking all of that into consideration, I want it to also look welcoming, pleasing to the eye, and most importantly for there to be PLENTY of space for my grandbabies to play and scatter their toys around!
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Two more views
So on the day that I finally talked myself into making the change (didn't have to talk too hard), I decided that I was going to do an actual Redesign the same way that I do for my clients. The first thing I do is look around and consider all the options with all of the qualities above being considered. In this case, since it was my home, I drew it up on the designer program that I design house plans with (you can see it sitting on my sofa in my pictures above). It allowed me to know that things would definitely fit the way that I planned before I started moving stuff. (I don't typically do this part with clients since most of the jobs I do are done the same day and I want to save time by getting started).
First I clear the room of almost everything, furniture, artwork and accessories. Even though this is a lot of work, I find that it allows me to accomplish a whole new look more easily by giving me a clean slate to work with. After I cleared everything out, I rolled up my rug and gave the floor a much needed mopping!
I put it back together piece by piece.
Lucy wanted to be in the picture
Here's an easy idea for a vignette. I needed some height behind my sofa, and the table that I had to place back there wasn't quite tall enough. I put a box on top of the table and covered it with a throw (it's actually an inexpensive curtain panel that I got at Ross and it works great for draping over things).
When I accessorize a bookshelf, I like to start by placing the larger items on the shelves first. Then I fill in with smaller accessories and books. I guess it's safe to say that in this case, it's not as much of a bookcase as it is an area for display!
It's fun to change things around even when you don't necessarily dislike the way it was before but you're just ready for something different. I'm enjoying the change! This might even last longer than a year and a half, although my family doesn't believe me when I say that!