call me crazy.

So...those of you who know me "in real life", know about my obsession with changing furniture around...a lot. It's like I am on some impossible mission to find THE perfect arrangement of furniture in any given space. I have friends who have been to my house lots...and have never seen it look the same way twice. Doug has even been injured because of furniture moves that I failed to inform him of...(he ran into the TV hutch with his EYE because I moved it over 6 inches...he has to get up for work in the wee dark hours...sorry honey!)
I can't explain why I have the compulsion to do it...but once the urge has hit...I have to move furniture. It helps that I am stubborn...that comes in real handy for moving the large pieces of furniture...scooting it across the room with every ounce of stubborn pride I have. :)
So when Doug called me on his way home from work on Friday...I warned him..."Honey, I've been moving the furniture...and I think we should try switching the living room and dining room".
He said "Ok" immediately...because this was his idea months ago. (I had to put that in there or I would NEVER hear the end of it. :)

I was convinced, although months later, by Kristi.
We did it for lots of reasons...mostly because we spend the most amount of time either at our dining room table (eating, playing with Moses, talking with friends, entertaining, etc) and the layout of the living room makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the furniture to ever "flow" well. That may have been why I was always moving the living room furniture around...because I never loved how it looked.
So now our living room is our dining room and our dining room is our living room.
There is now plenty of room in the new dining room for eating, playing...
and sewing! :) Plus now when I am sewing and Doug is watching sports on the couch...we can see and hear each other...which was much more difficult before.
Now the new living room has a more family room feel to it...
We just need to work out lighting for the dining room since there is no overhead light in there.
We sold the chaise lounge on Craigslist...we bought that when we lived in our old apartment and it never really fit this house. It sold within 30 minutes!!
We used the money from the sale of the lounge to buy a couple of upholstered stools for extra seating (one is the pink polka dotted one above-the other is a couple of photos up next to the bookshelf).
And call me crazy...but it really works. I love it a little more every day! :)

You can go:
Here. or Here.
To see what the rooms looked like before.

xo

p.s. I am working on four more of the Dream pillows from a couple of posts back...two are claimed...contact me via etsy if you would like to claim one of the other ones. :)

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23 comments:

Katie said...

is'nt that a fun obsession???? In my 3 level I was able to do crazy stuff like that but here... well it's not so easy!! I kindof miss it!! oh well! Looks great:)

SarahRachel said...

I love it!! We are constantly switching around our living room furniture. Maybe switching our dining room and living room could be OUR solution too! Hmmm...

Rebecca said...

LOVE your house!

Chelsea Ling said...

your home is GORGEOUS! I love the groupings of frames (i do that too) and the wall color.

forever folding laundry said...

I'm dying to know if your sewing area is always that tidy! If it is, then can you please come over and show me how to keep mine that way? =)

It all looks good!

~Keri

Wisconsin Girl said...

Looks amazing! Fun colors and fun things all over! I love all the photos on the wall. I can never have enough photos around! I saw the little stepstool by the window in the now "dining room" too...I have a large storage box in front of our family room window that my son uses to climb up and see everyone coming and going:)

Hamilton Five said...

I am glad to know that the furniture moving compulsion isn't just mine! I do the same thing, and quite often. I love your blog. Your is one that I read each day to get my version of the daily news. Thanks for sharing so much of your creative life.
Heather

Kandi said...

Look great Crystal! I LOVE to move furniture also, but in my current home the layout and big furniture doesn't allow for as much moving as I would normally like to do. I have a living room on the main level and our family room is in the daylight basement. I have a huge sectional that I bought for downstairs (a little too huge) and I've been thinking of trying to switch our furniture from those two rooms. Unfortunatly the stairs creates a problem with me doing it by myself, so I have to talk my husband into it. I'm afraid that after I switch it I won't like it and will have the huge process of moving it all up/down the stairs again.

Do you own any of those furiture "coasters" that you put under the feet of the piece of furniture? They slide really easily on the carpet. I never had those in the past and literally took me 2 hours one afternoon to move this huge computer armoire we used to have (because I was too stubborn to empty it out completly). I finally bought some of those and the next time I moved it, it literally took me 10 minutes to get it into it's new location.

Well, enjoy your new layout!

Kandi said...

Oh, I forgot to add (after all my rambling)... Don't you just love Craigslist??

We've bought and sold so many things on there and have had great experiences each time!

polka dot skies said...

I like the arrangement. The green in your living room is fab!. We are getting ready to paint our kitchen/den area green!

Beth said...

i would LOVE one of the dream pillows, how much are they?

Kristi said...

Wow! I am so excited that my room change post inspired someone. :-) I have loved it so much since our switch and hope yours works out well for you too!

And your Dream pillows, to DIE for. I'm DYING to get mine in the mail. I def. takes pics and post on the blog for you. I tell ya, I think it will look great with my quilt. You'll see!

Kristi said...

Wow! I am so excited that my room change post inspired someone. :-) I have loved it so much since our switch and hope yours works out well for you too!

And your Dream pillows, to DIE for. I'm DYING to get mine in the mail. I def. takes pics and post on the blog for you. I tell ya, I think it will look great with my quilt. You'll see!

Michelle said...

I like the change. I wish you were here to help me change things in this place up a bit!

Melissa said...

love it!!

- Melissa
http://www.adiqshun.net/myblog

MAXimum MESS said...

It looks great! I always say I'm going to move furniture and then quit right in the middle and the hubs always has to finish!

BlueJShop said...

Brilliant! :)

alyssa said...

i LOVE it!! the blue paint with the black furniture is great!! and the pictures on the mantle! great job!!

Molly said...

Love it!! Too cute!! Love the polka dotted stool!! Have a great day!!
~Molly P

Karin Schueller said...

I'd just like to know what you will all do without your sewing machine at the table for dinner? Won't she feel left out? (I remember you saying you don't move her often, and Doug said she's always there for dinner, lol).

Haus of Girls said...

So super cute! Thanks for sharing! Love your blog! Stop by mine if you are interested in a giveaway this week :) www.HausofGirls.net Thank you!

Pamela said...

I always loved going to your house to see what you moved! Haven't been to this one but love the pictures! Looks so cute!

ccp said...

ummm. i lived with you. i can vouch that this is the truth.

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