There's nothing like a month of no shopping to force me to get creative with what I already have! And I love it! It's sad how often I run out to find something new rather than stretching myself to look with new eyes at what's in front of me. So, I'm especially excited to join up with some friends in a new challenge where we'll take different areas of our home and give them a little refresh by using only items we own already. We're choosing to take a grateful and creative approach, and resisting the more/better/bigger pull that's so, so easy to fall into. We'd love for you to join our adventure by posting on instagram with the hashtag #homeyouhave -- this week, focusing on your living room (the entire room, a small vignette or anything in between!). Post by Friday of this week, and we'll choose a favorite to share on Sunday (go here for the detailed rules). This is going to be fun - we can't wait to see how you're loving your home well! Here's what I did in our living room...
As I shared recently, a few weeks ago I shifted a large gallery wall from our living room into our dining room. So, with the living room already being in this state of flux, I've been itching for a larger shift in this room. Over the years, we've often swapped the sofa and the daybed (for various reasons which I talk more about here) and it was time for this change again. I've been thinking about how nice it would be to have the daybed in front of the windows again, and the fact that this is coinciding with a little heat wave is making it all the more exciting (and no, I do not take for granted a 75 degree day in February… we are blessed!!).
It's such an amazing spot for afternoon napping/working/etc. with the sun streaming in. Each layout has its own set of challenges, but with this one being fresh again, it feels so great! Isn't it funny how something as simple as moving (the same!) furniture around can make a room feel so different?! It never ceases to amaze me.
The sofa wall (below) will need some tweaks, but I don't mind it for now. That silly window is always a dilemma, but I think I'm going to bite the bullet and try a curtain on it. I've seen it work on similarly-situated windows, and am optimistic. This widow was previously a door, and during a renovation (before we bought the house), they decided to convert it to a window -- an oddly-shaped window. I'll decide whether or not to change this art once the art on the main wall is finalized - it looks a little bare now, but we'll see how the balance is once there's a lot more going on! A new sofa is definitely on the list for sometime this year, if we can figure out a way to remove it! It's kind of complicated, but basically the route we previously used to move large furniture in/out (through the side yard and large back sliding doors) isn't an option anymore due to the construction happening next door. So, we need to do some careful measuring of our narrow front hallway before finalizing the plan for bringing the old sofa out/a new sofa in!
After putting away the holiday decor, and then taking down most of the art in the room, I had kind of been neglecting any styling or even tidying in this room. It felt SO good to spend just a few minutes on this! This rearranging has definitely given me the boost I need to tackle the outstanding projects (hang art on the large wall, paint the TV console, fix the cords, find and hang curtains)! I encourage you to rearrange a few things - large or small! - and see how inspired you can be with the #homeyouhave !