Our farmhouse is a cozy 1250 sq. ft. house. Not tiny but smaller than what we have in the city. I don't mind...I'm ready at this stage in life to downsize.
It was pure country when we found it. Brown paneling, brown cabinets, brown floor...lots of brown. Yay for paint!
In the living room, the fireplace sits on a diagonal at one end, creating this awkward layout with this really high shelf for the mantel.
I definitely didn't want the sofa on the lefthand wall close to the front door - it would be smack in the traffic pattern!
|sofa facing the lefthand wall|
Oh dear! I needed fresh eyes on the space. So last week when my friend Mira came up to go to Canton, we spent that afternoon editing, cleaning, and rearranging both the living room and the dining room.
We tried things here. We tried things there. We made a mess. Then at last, success! The dog kennel was the main obstacle in the placement of a chair so it got moved by the back door (hopefully in the future, it will be in a completely different room but this is reality for now). Of course, that started a chain reaction of moving things in the dining room. ha!
Back to the living room: The couch got moved from in front of the window to facing the righthand wall, creating a walkway from the front door to the dining room and hallway. Now when you walk in the front door, there's a definite pathway and it feels like an entryway.
|I need a rug! Plus I think the ladder and throw need to be moved.|
Of course, we had to decorate for Fall:
Someday it will undergo another transformation (when we move here and bring our permanent furniture). But for now this works and gives me a blueprint for the future.
My takeaway from this? Keep moving things around until it works. Don't be afraid to try out different layouts or to completely remove some items. And if that's not enough, bring a friend up who can see things with fresh eyes. Sooner or later, something will click.
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