For a while, when I was in college I lived in a big house with about a hundred other people. Ok, maybe it was more like two. Whatever. As you can imagine there was always stuff everywhere. Well, our super awesome method of cleaning the house was to just move things around. So it became a running joke. “Just move it around!”. But you have to say it in a weird voice or it doesn’t work. Aaaaaaanyway…it seems like that’s all I’ve been doing lately. Just moving things around.
For the longest time I had our living room broken up into two areas by floating the sofa. That just seemed like the only way to make it work without moving the television, which I REALLY don’t want to do. So we had the sofa and a couple of chairs, with the television, on one side of the room and our dining area on the other end of the room. This makes more sense because it was easier to have the dining space just off the kitchen. You have to go though a short and very narrow hallway to get to the dining room. The dining room is now being used as an office/catch-all. Let’s just say it’s on the list. Back to the living room. Our front door opens up into the middle of the living room which means with the sofa floating in the middle you walk in to see the end of the sofa. Just weird. (Oddly enough I don’t have any recent pictures that show that layout.) Well, with the addition of a couple of new pieces to our living room, and “just moving it around”, I’ve finally been able to open up the space and make it so much more functional.
A Cocktail Ottoman
After I moved the sofa up against the wall I replaced my DIY tray tables with this coral cocktail ottoman. I am in love with all things coral. (I’m usually more of a neutrals and black-and-white kind of girl but coral is hands down one of my favorite colors.) I love the warmth this color adds to the taupe sofa. The tray tables are now being used as end tables but one of them will probably find a home as a nightstand in one of the bedrooms. After moving the sofa I desperately needed some artwork above it so I created a mini gallery wall with my diy abstract art, a cute print purchased on Etsy and some framed fabric in a favorite pattern.
A Pedestal Table
On the other end of the room I replaced my tea-stained dining table with a walnut pedestal table (I have ALWAYS wanted a pedestal table) and I painted the chairs white. The new table is a little bit bigger than the old one which makes seating for six sooo much better and frees up space for the legs of the chairs. Eventually I would LOVE to replace the chairs with some lucite ones, but for now I am making these work with some basic white spray paint. I’m also using my painted hope chest as a dining bench right in front of the window because it’s just so cozy. I think my favorite part is that I switched out my DIY gold leaf drum shade for my DIY faux capiz shell chandelier that was hanging in the office.
Here are a couple of before photos of this space so you can see what a difference the changes have made. The first before photo is wayyyy before. There is still some work to do in here. Like painting the trim. Which I still haven’t done because now I’m thinking of repainting this room. Since I moved the sofa it seems to just blend into the wall. So my gut tells me to go lighter. Light grey? Creamy white? What do you think? Until I figure that part out I’m just gonna enjoy the space and how much bigger the room feels. Moving the furniture around just makes me feel so good!