A few months back, a good sale got me the pair of parsons chairs I have been looking for. Once I got the chairs in the house, though, everything changed. The chairs started out in the living room flanking the round game table as I had originally intended in this post.
After living with this arrangement for a few days, I was not convinced that this was the right look for the room. It was functional but didn’t feel as well balanced as I would have liked. Here are some daytime shots with a smaller game table…
I called my mom up and asked her opinion about the room; we agreed that the look was just ok. We then set about rearranging to find something better. First we swapped the chairs side for side.
This was a little better, so we turned our sights to the fireplace and made some adjustments to get the right color balance.
We settled on the last option, option 4. I lived with this layout for a few days. After those days, however, I was still not impressed with the room. It was still just “ok” and not “wow” or “amazing”.
Back to the drawing board. This time we did something bold and moved the big arm chair beside the fireplace and flanked the window seat with the parsons chairs.
This was an interesting look, but needed more weight by the window seat to make this look more like the “sofa” in the room. Enter makeshift coffee table…
I created the coffee table by putting my two filing cabinet side tables back to back. It was the perfect height for the window seat.
Some additional finessing of pillow, blankets, and the fireplace decor gave me this design:
The rug is a bit small and a little boring, but overall I was pretty pleased with the room… at least for now.
And few days later there was this great deal on a teal and white zig zag rug from Target, and I thought it would be perfect to jazz up the room. And this is where things got really out of hand!
A week went by and the rug arrived.
I liked the idea of the rug, but the color was not as bright as the other teal in the room and seemed to muddy the bright tones. It just didn’t work, sigh.
At this point, many people would simply return the rug, but I had other ideas – could the rug go in the dining room??? With nothing but my own brute strength, I set to figuring that out…
And the answer is yes! So I moved the teal rug to the dining room and the white rug that was in the dining room to the living room. Balance was restored to both rooms.
Things stayed like this for about a week and then it was time to remove the orange from the dining room and add a different color… like yellow! I found this great fabric online that had all the colors I had been thinking about.
I ordered one yard to see if it worked in the room. Upon arrival, I was not disappointed.
The colors in the fabric went great with the rug and brought out the yellow and teal in my dishes. Overall, a big win that sparked some rearranging in the room to allow the fabric to take center stage.
First, I turned the table 90º to go the across the room rather than lengthwise down the middle. This meant I also needed to move the buffet table to the window side of the room to allow adequate walk space around the table.
The topiaries were not feeling right at the end of the room, so I swapped those for the new chairs.
Much better! The chairs really anchored the room and brought a nice balance to the window. Of course by moving the chairs in here, I upset the living room layout. More on that in a minute. Let’s focus on the dining room first. Since the buffet table was moved, I was left with a big empty wall to fill and I needed something to balance the weight of the built-in hutch. After some wandering around the house looking for something to steal, I remembered picking up two huge framed pictures at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
These pictures filled the wall beautifully! Maybe I will add some decorative plates to the wall too, but for now, this works quite well. And as you can see, the new fabric also looks awesome as a table runner! Check out this shot looking in from the living room. Notice how nice the pop of yellow looks on the chair.
Since that little yellow pillow was actually stolen from my guest room, I went online to hunt down some yellow fabric to use for pillows and also for the inside of the hutch. Here is what I decided on:
Now that all of the fabric choices were made, I ordered the fabric and patiently waited. Ok, so I wasn’t that patient, but I did have to wait.
While I waited, I set about trying to sort out the mess in the living room. Not sure where to start, I called up my mom and asked for some help. Her first suggestion was to try the new fabric in the living room. Her thought was that it might add a nice “spring time” update to the colors in the room.
I also stole a pillow from the porch to add some green to the mix. And surprise, surprise, mom was right and the colors look awesome in the living room. It gave the space a fresh and happy vibe. Using this as my jumping off point, I went through my house stealing other green and yellow accents.
The first green I found was an accent chair. This chair was living comfortably in my office prior to my rearranging. Once I had the chair in the room, I set about adding some side tables and balancing out the room.
I have been on the hunt for a place in the house to put this teal bench since it was moved out of my den last year. I am so glad it has a place again. I also love that I have a foot rest from all of the seats in the room now!
The final touch to the living room was the addition of the bar cart. This cart was in the dining room but with all the changes, it was in need of a new home. I hope it will be happy in the living room – I know I am happy to have it there!
So after weeks of rearranging, more rearranging, and then a little more rearranging, and then a little sewing, I am finally happy with my rooms.