I'm always restless with our living room, its the one room in the house that just will NOT come together. It refuses. It is an obstinate little asshole and I hate it. Its very long, and very narrow, with doors and windows everywhere. And while I have tried to change up the rug and the curtains and the small details, the couch is very static because Andy is opposed to getting rid of a perfectly good couch that is VERY comfortable just because I think its ugly. Level headed, schmevel headed.
Anyways, so yesterday I came home from work after a particularly frustrating day, and was running on a lot of caffeine and very little sleep, and I just busted in and told Andy "We need to rearrange. Stand up, help me move the couch." Either because he's used to me, or just because he is a gem, he asked no questions and got to it.
I tried a few layouts, texted a few friends some options, and am still feeling a little restless, so I come to you guys for input as well! Don't be swayed by good lighting in some and better styling in others, since I didn't expect my living room to become a photoshoot yesterday, nor did I reset all little vignettes between shots.
This is where we started from. That rug is getting a new home in the guest room because white shag just isn't a good option for our highest traffic area. And this layout was okay, but I was getting bored with it and it just felt like it wasn't quite right, or wasn't utilizing the space much, and was starting to feel kind of packed-in.
1.) So on a quick Ikea trip, we picked up a new rug. Love the rug, but I don't love how its the exact same width as the couch, but the design was great, the price was right at under $70, and the low-pile can handle the traffic. But I don't know if it was just the busyness of the pattern, but the room was starting to feel a little cramped.
2.) So I did a little Rotate-> Living Room -> Counterclockwise. Just swapped out the direction of the rug and the location of the couch and record player credenza. I like this layout, but it isn't the best use of space since the chairs no longer fit in there, and the credenza looks a little dwarfed over by the window.
So let's keep tweaking.
3.) Again, don't mind the mess or the styling, since all of these changes happened in under 30 minutes in a very sleep deprived state. (This last rearranging actually was not a discussion with Andy, as much as something I did by myself when he was in the shower...) I like that this one creates two separate little seating areas (I swapped out the pink chairs for some gold ones I had at the head of my dining table) but can't decide if the credenza is awkward in the corner/if the room looks too hodgepodge?
As we were doing all this rearranging, Andy asked me "Did you do this to your parent's house growing up?" and was mindboggled when I said I was constantly rearranging furniture, and that my favorite thing in the world was rearranging my bedroom, and even more mindblown when I told him this is how I like to relax. Someone please tell me they also feel that way, that rearranging heavy furniture gives you an endorphin rush, and that you've been doing it ever since you could lift more than 20 pounds??
Obviously once we settle on a layout, i'll style it up a bit more and take some real pictures! In the meantime, I like to think that one day when I'm a super famous, super stylish megablogger (because that's gonna happen) we'll look back on this pathetic little living room and laugh haughtily over really expensive booze about just how far I've come.