We have tried to live with just one couch in our main living area since moving in, but every time we have guests over (at least once a week!), we find ourselves scouring the house for extra chairs, while some friends end up sitting on the floor. A few weeks ago, we were having a dinner party and we decided to move the couch in from the reading room for more seating. It was so nice having another couch in here, that the past couple days we moved some things around to make room for the bonus couch all the time. This is the layout we came up with:
In the near future, we’ll be adding a window on the wall to the left of the patio doors. We also talked about adding a fireplace where our Lounge now sits down the road–but we’ll have to see if we can come up with a way to keep enough seating with that addition–because this is heavenly. Chris and I are thinking the Lounge will probably move downstairs as soon as we turn that into a media/rec room. It’s so ideal for movies and snuggling, and we’d like to get something more suitable for chatting up here.
Where the Lounge now sits (and will likely continue sitting for a year) is where our fauxdenza and television was. While it seemed like a good spot initially, mostly because that’s the wall the cable is on, it was terrible to walk in the front door and see the side of a tv first thing. We moved it to the left of our Younger Furniture Lily sofa. It’s so nice to have this setup tucked on this wall. It’s not a focal point, and it fits so well there. The only issue is, there is currently not a cable hookup on that wall. Chris said he can wire one there, but we might opt out of cable and just stick with our netflix/hulu memberships. Those seem to be our go-to anyway.
The piano used to be on that wall, but we rolled it into the reading room–where the Lily used to live. Are you keeping up?
This room works well as a piano room. We also moved our gray chair that used to be in the living area in here so we can still have a comfy chair to read in.
Adding a round rug, baseboards, and a side table are all on the list for this room now–we’re far from done–but, I had the photo of Greta hugging Charly blown up and printed as an engineer print and hung it over the piano, which makes it feel like home.
My friend, Jess, said, “rearranging=free decorating.” True! Our home feels fresh again, and more importantly, more usable for our needs. I am positive these spaces will continue to evolve and that’s the whole fun of it. Now excuse me while I shift those oversized photos above the couch to the right. #eek