Since I'm still in cold weather hibernation mode, I decided to tackle the living room while I was attacking the guest room. And I decided to go with....
I liked how this layout allowed for more chairs in the living room, as opposed to the others which didn't leave much room for extra seating. It's funny, because it's not all that different from where everything was when we first moved in, but I feel like it is worlds away.
I think my favorite part of this picture is how I only had two curtains hanging up. One day I came home, and the third was GONE. No curtain, no curtain rod, nothing. I looked out of the window, it wasn't there. It just evaporated. I also really miss the light in this picture, it's been a verrry gray winter.
Anyways, let's get back to today.
Seriously, why do no fancy bloggers ever have cable wires in their photos??
The one concern I had (and that a few of you shared!) was that the seating area was going to seem kind of sparse, so it helped to add some plants and bring the record table in as a little bar cart of sorts.
I'm getting used to the couch being the same width as the rug, since I spent an embarrassing amount of time looking up pictures of this rug in other homes, and that just seems to be the case. However, I still hate this couch, but I am making progress with Andy in getting rid of it. Unless anyone knows resources for non-hideous slipcovers? If it was grey, I don't think I'd hate it quite so much, because it's actually super comfy, but all slipcovers look like someone just threw a sheet over a couch and called it a day.
And while I still search for good prints to fill the frames above the couch (the current ones are grocery bags from an exhibit at the Cultural Center), I found that adding the two on the side for balance helped fill up an awkwardly large wall.
Also, pretend there aren't a ton of routers and cable boxes hid under the record player. Its nice to have the tv not be the focal point of the room anymore. By the way, this record player is a dream, and I really encourage anyone in Chicago to stop by New Elephant, where I picked it up. At $125, it is the most expensive thing we own, and I had to sell an old record player to pay for it, but man, it looks and sounds great. No regrets.
So hey, maybe now I can go a week or two without rearranging the whole place.