Rearranging Our Living Room Furniture
I've been obsessed with rearranging furniture ever since I had my very own bedroom at about 5. It was a gradual process but by age 7 or 8 I was seriously moving all of my furniture around about every 8 weeks. I even used to beg my little sister to rearrange the furniture in her room. To this day, pretty much any time I see a room for the first time, I think about if there is a different way to arrange everything. Strange, maybe. I know.
Having an open concept living and dining room space somewhat limits our furniture placement options. But after a year of only moving the dining room table once, it was time to switch things up in the living room. This is how it looked before. (You can read more about our living and dining room spaces in previous articles in the Interior Styling and Design page.)
With our space, this set up just made sense. The problem is that the focal point was really the television (opposite the sofa) and it was not necessarily conducive to entertaining because everything was so tightly clustered together. It worked, but I always was tempted to try something different. It just made sense to do it now in anticipation of family entertaining for the holidays and also for all of the Christmas things that will be making their way out shortly. And for the rest of Fall, I wanted something that felt a little cozier but maybe more open for entertaining at the same time. So, this is what I did.
Before, everything flowed around the coffee table and faced the television. By turning the sofa to face the window, and shifting Bruiser's throne (i.e. the white chair) and the chaise, I in turn, shifted the open space that used to be just the breezeway in front of the television and the seating area and added it to the seating area itself.
I like how this opens up the seating and creates a little better flow. It is going to take a bit of getting used to having the sofa now acting as a barrier between the living and dining areas. When I do something like this, I know that if it doesn't feel right after a couple of days, it is time to make some adjustments.
Whenever I move stuff around, Bruiser acts like we moved in to a new house and has to reacquaint himself with all pieces of furniture immediately. I like that the new arrangement creates a bit of a conversation area around the coffee table while also creating a separate little space for the chaise in front of the window. I am sitting in Bruiser's throne while I type this and I like the view.
That is about all for now. One final tip: whenever you rearrange the furniture in a room, keep stepping back to take a peak at how it looks from every vantage point - including sitting in the furniture itself to see how it feels in its new position. If you do this, you can make little adjustments as your making the move so you don't have to redo the whole thing after you've done all of the heavy lifting. In the coming weeks, I'm going to be switching out Fall to welcome in Christmas so that I can incorporate some ideas that can hopefully give you some inspiration in your own homes. Before that happens though, I have to do some shifting in other areas of the house to prepare for the trees. I have a huge smile on my face right now. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. And remember that you can read all of these articles in the Apple News format - just search for "Authentic Living Digest". Until the next time!
P.S. I did all of this while George was gone yesterday. He never knows what he is walking into, poor guy.