Last week, I mentioned having the itch to switch a few things around. Well, when it comes to our living room, there's really only one option when this urge strikes - swapping the daybed and sofa. Any other changes would require a major upheaval, like rearranging a fifteen+ piece gallery wall. The current general layout works so well in our little living room (although it doesn't leave me with a lot of options). But sometimes, I crave a change!! A couple times a year, the daybed and sofa trade places, and along with them a few side tables and accessories.
There are pros and cons with each layout. My number one reason for loving the daybed in front of the windows is that it makes for the most PERFECT napping spot. When the sun streams in, there's nothing better. This is a huge factor, and ends up outweighing all others at times. But, it means the sofa is on the opposite wall, blocking part of this unusual door-turned-window (above), which makes for an awkward layout. The see-through daybed frame works much better in front of the window, visually. I also seem to have a harder time finding the right art solution when the sofa is against this wall. On top of this, I can fit more end tables in the room when the daybed isn't against the windows (more styling opportunities!). With so many practical considerations, you would think the daybed would never end up in front of the window!!, but those sunny naps are such a pull...
Next, I started playing around with art. These trays (below) usually hang over the kitchen sink, and I hung them on existing nails just to see how they might work here. The gallery wall is to the right, so I didn't want anything too busy here. I do like the idea of the trays, but I think they're a little small here and got lost a bit. I knew I could fall back on the rattan sunburst I'd used here before, but also was itching for more of a change! Also, with the tan matchstick blinds on the window to the right, it's not my first choice to add more brown side-by-side.
So, after the big pieces were moved, end tables pulled out from storage, and art was settled, I realized the perfect solution was so simple! My old trick of wrapping a mattress with a piece of fabric. (I've done this many times, and most recently as part of my One Room Challenge on our deck.)
I pulled out this fabric I've loved forever and have been holding onto until the perfect project surfaced, and can't believe how much I love it. I think the movement of it is my favorite part - reads as an additional texture. It also doesn't hurt that it coordinates (but isn't too matchy!) with the rug - it makes adding another pattern feel more streamlined, less busy. It also helps distract from the potential brown overkill of the sunburst + blinds. Win! It's amazing what such a simple, instant fix can do to bring life to a room!
And, I spent much of the weekend painting my office. Working away on finishing it up - more soon!