Ok dear readers, I have a confession to make.
It has taken me a while to get all my Christmas Decor down and put away.
I know…It is almost the end of January.
I could use many excuses, but I am not going to bore you with them.
Let’s just say I finally packed up and waved good-bye to all my Christmas Decor.
I gently and tenderly packed away the beautiful white ornaments from the 12 foot Living room tree and promised them that I would see them again soon….
…..November is not that far away.
I packed away all the 15 Victorian houses that had graced my formal dining room table since way before Christmas.
And when all the glam and glitter and fake snow was gone….the living room looked so bare and…
So I deliberately did not put any of my usual items on the tables or mantel or shelves.
Instead I grabbed a cuppa hot tea and sat by the crackling fire and studied the room.
I mean I really studied the room.
Not one of those quick glances, but like I was seeing it for the first time and I gained such insight.
I had always used the television as the focal point of my large open concept room(s).
The large sofa sat opposite the black box, with occasional chairs and love seat lining up the sides.
But my eyes were drawn to the fireplace.
Most likely for the warmth and the crackling sound on this very cool, rainy day.
And I wondered…not for the first time, why the builder had placed the fireplace at an angle in this large open living room. dining room, entry and kitchen.
The builder had built the house for himself and the Captain and I have changed “his” design over the years.
No matter the reasoning behind the builder’s design, I began to think of using the fireplace as the focal point.
So I moved all the furniture to one side of the room and started placing the furniture and tables at an angle.
At first I wasn’t really “digging” it…. remember this is a huge “great room”, but as with most things, I decided to live with it for a few hours or days and make a decision later.
And I decided I like it.
Of course if I don’t continue to like it, I can always move everything back the way it was.
I think most of us like to keep our furniture in the way that best utilizes flow and looks.
For now…I like the way the flow has changed…
……just hoping I don’t get un in the middle of the night and forget the flow and trip over something. LOL
I will be showing you pics, but first I have a small project I need to finish since I decided to use the fireplace as the focal of the room.
Perhaps after all the holiday decorations have stayed too long at the fair, as mine have done, it is time to change up your decor a bit.
What are your thoughts?
Do you keep your furniture in the same position or do you move it around for a different perspective?
How exciting!! I can’t wait to see your photos! When we moved into this home, we decided we were not going to put a TV over the fireplace downstairs…the living area is small and putting all the traditional things in the space would have made it look so cramped. We too made the fireplace the focal point of the room…we placed a rug, 2 chairs and a table between the 2 chairs. Our TV is upstairs so that when we have company, it does not become a distraction. And no worries on putting away the decorations…your house, your time schedule! Love and hugs!
That ole black box causes so many decorating dilemmas doesn’t it? I would say “off with it’s head”, but I love sports and the Captain is so tolerant of my fanatical enthusiasm that I can not say NO TV. ;( Besides in my living room…there would be a large gaping hole where the TV sits. I don’t know what else I could use that little alcove for unless I sit a small chair in there to read or something and then I would hit my head each time I stood up because I would surely forget I am in an alcove and not have a 20 foot ceiling over my head. LOL
As far as Christmas trees go, I have decided that if I like to get up in the early morning and turn on the glistening tree wa-a-a-y after Christmas…it is finally my turn to enjoy the fruits of my labor as I sip my cuppa tea.
Thank you for being a good friend, (you get me) I look forward to many years of blogging friendship with you. 🙂
Julie Briones says
As you know, my tiny place doesn’t really afford the options of moving furniture… but accessories, yes! The bedroom will be getting a few small changes very soon! Looking forward to your project and room reveal!
What was it Clairee said in the Steel Magnolias movie?…”the only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize”. LOL
Julie Briones says
Sounds like fun! As you know, with my tiny place, moving around furniture isn’t a really do-able option. However, I am going to be moving some things in the bedroom, to make if more cohesive, and less cluttered… but it will be a crate with flowers, and some pillows, you know… small stuff. Can’t wait to see your room!
the Painted Apron says
I love to move things around! My husband used to say he would look before he sat down to make sure the chair was in the same place! Can’t wait to see!
thanks Jenna and I can relate to looking before you sit down. LOL
Rita C. says
I move furniture a lot at the antique mall, but not so much at home. Seems I’m always shuffling ‘stuff’in my inventory, and that’s plenty. Looking forward to your pictures.
Rita, Years ago I knew a lady (in her 60’s, which seemed old to me at the time, UGH!) who moved all (yes, bedrooms, living room, dining room etc) around every Monday. It was her way of cleaning behind and under etc, as well as keeping things “different”. I never saw so many ways to arrange a room, some workable, some not, but no worries…. because on Monday it would be changed again. LOL
I have not moved furniture here in Arizona but have changed it a few times at the LakeHouse.
I do use the fireplace as the focal point in our home here in AZ. At the LakeHouse the tv and fireplace are the focal points.
I can’t wait for pictures!
Nancy, I think when the tv is above the fireplace, it is a given for a focal point, but in this house they are separate…so we shall see how this ends. Hugs
Have fun with whatever you decide! That’s what makes life fabulous!
Everyday Living says
Kari, good for you! I can’t wait to see it, but be careful and don’t trip. I used to move my furniture constantly, but not anymore! Have a beautiful week sweet friend!
Pam, I remember once a long time ago when we lived in Texas…I had re-arranged my living room and a friend called saying she was coming for a week-end visit. I put all the furniture back before she arrived. I wanted it to look it’s best and in my opinion, the new flow and arrangement made the room look smaller and the flow not so good. My goodness, how I have changed since then. LOL