Re-Arranging Our Living Room

Jan 28, 2015

Sometimes when decorating your home, it's easy to get stuck in a rut, without even realizing you're stuck there. It's common for people to move into a home, set their furniture out in a way that makes sense at the time, and walk away. Even though there may not be anything technically wrong with the current layout of your home, playing around with different layouts and stepping outside of your comfort zone can sometimes reveal a whole new space. It's important to remember that decorating and design is ever-changing and ever-evolving.

A few weekends ago Nick and I had an epiphany and re-arranged the furniture in our living room. Up until then, I hadn't thought at all about moving anything around, but am I ever glad we did! The new layout is by far our best design decision to date. The room has all of a sudden become cozier, more functional and it feels much bigger. This layout makes so much more sense.

Take a look for yourself, what do you think? Here's how the room started off when we first moved in (can you believe it?)
And here's how it looked just before Christmas.
And here's the new & improved room.

No shortage of owls here :) 

As you can see, I've left the greenery up on the fireplace mantle. I'm still really enjoying it, and to me, it doesn't feel Christmasy at all. I think I'll retire it to storage once Easter comes around. I recently picked up that small blue basket from Dominion. It was on sale and is the perfect size for storing extra throws and blankets for cozying up by the fire. We moved the coffee table from the TV room into this space which has really helped define the sitting area. Another way we created distinct space in the room was by placing the couch closer to my desk/office area, so it now acts as a room divider of sorts.

If you'd like to give something different a try but you're not sure where to start, or can't visualize a new layout, just begin by moving some things around. Worst case scenario, you move it all back. On more than one occasion I've moved things around thinking that the new look would be better, when in fact it was actually best left as it was, but you won't know until you try. Plus I think changing things up is so much fun!

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