It is just like me that within days of having the house professionally photographed I was seized by the unshakable urge to rearrange the furniture. Now, this did not come out of nowhere - it was rooted in the larger plan to reconceive the living room as less formal, more comfortable. But a certain someone thinks I went too far, too fast.
Here's what I did...the dining room before, (The cupboard in the corner is in the living room now.)
And after. (This will look less naked when I hang some pictures!!!) The largest of the three green bookcases is on the opposite wall where the cupboard was. And I will have my nicer chairs recovered to work here - but I have to do something else first.
The living room before,
OK, so I didn't just move furniture, I moved the curtains. Reconfiguring the living room aside, these bookcases started it. Their petite proportions made them seem a little lost in the living room so I thought the small dining room was a better place for them. Also, confined in that space their fetid green color seems deliberate and less....surprising. (Yes, they are a family heirloom so I do have to keep them.)
I think the larger unspoken complaint is that the same certain someone doesn't like this painting my mother gave us that was also moved into the dining room. I know a mirror would be better here. Loi Thai, do you have something for me at Tone on Tone? Because this might be a good time for me to take that road trip to the DC area. I want something vertical; I think that would work better than the horizontal mirror that was here before and is now in my daughter's room.
So, something that might soothe someone's frazzled nerves right now...making some progress on that more comfortable living room, starting with the addition of a television.
I know it's shocking - and it has certainly raised eyebrows among some of our friends - but we do not have a television on Church Street. Trust me, this is not an intellectual or philosophical position, but only because while we were moving in five years ago I really did not know where to put one and as time went on a television fell farther and farther down the list of priorities as we uncovered the joys of old-house ownership.
I don't like to see a TV, and I did not want a built-in cabinet, so I have, until now, been unsuccessfully looking for a piece of furniture that could conceal the TV and fit my aesthetic. Here is what I have come up with.
And all the other components can be stored inside. It can accommodate a 42" screen.
But if he wants a bigger TV, and he can have whatever he wants right now, we will go with this option from Cupboards and Roses that can be custom sized to client specifications
It is a replica of a Gustavian three drawer chest with a remote controlled lift for the television concealed behind the drawers.
The three drawers are deep enough to hold DVDs and other accessories.
Alright, feedback please! Did I make a mistake shuffling everything around because, as someone says, 'it was perfect before'? Or does it work? Because as I say, "There isn't only one perfect."