What started simply enough has ended up being a big chore!!!
But isn't that always the way it is?
DH moved one of the wing chairs so he could see the fire while laying on the sofa.
I really liked the look for it made the room seem bigger and we could pull them closer to the coffee table if we have company -- so I kept them that way.
But . . . the desk was behind one of the wing chairs and it was too close so it was a pain to get in and out of the desk to get things.
Today, I took everything out of the desk and everythign out of the Asian cabinet by the front door and switched them!
I put a big plant and a big ginger jar on the Asian cabinet -- really like that -- and hung the picture back over it and it really looks better!
I think the secretary looks better where it now is (and it had lived there for a long time before I moved it across the room)
I'm sitting here and I'm happy -- I think it's a better look.
I don't have pictures of the after but will post when I do. (And I'll post befores as well)
I'm not sure if I'm happy because I needed a change or if it really looks that much better the way it is now.
But boy, am I tired -- have company for lunch, was in the process of unloading and moving when a friend stopped by (with a sack of fresh lemons from California) and we had tea and dessert and so with a full stomach (and the second piece of dessert in a short period of time) I finished the job.
And then I did the luncheon dishes (by hand -- it was the good china -- but at least there were only 3!)
THAT'S why no pictures!
Well, I can't wait to see pictures! I have always found that I have to have some type of change this time of year. In the past, when I was still "getting the feel" of this house, right after Christmas was always when we would rearrange furniture. Once I got it settled, I still always end up changing up accessories of some kind after Christmas. Even when I think I'm not going to, it just happens! And I agree with you; it feels great to look at something that's just a little different!
I sure bet it looks wonderful and refreshing.I know moving one item can start a whole new transfermation.Like my new set,having issues at the moment.I like how your DH started the process,the viewing of the warm cracking fire I cant wait to see your pics of your lovely home.
When it comes to room layouts, periodic tweaking can breath new life into a space for sure. This is perhaps the most cost effective way to bring in impact along with a new wall color or slipcover or rug. Enjoy your "new" perspective.
Before and afters --
Before -- the corner where the bookcase WAS!
The after --
Not a good pic but the Asian chest by the door -- with the same pic over it.
I think perhaps one of the reasons I was not enamored with it was with what was on top -- DH cigar humidor and whatever else he brought home and laid on top!!!
The after -- the secretary instead of the Asian chest.
The fireplace end of the living room -- you can see the asian chest and pic
As it was before --
Thanks for posting the pictures. Your room looks warm and inviting in both versions.
Beautiful room Martha.Love the warmth,coziness and all the amazing treasures in this room.I like that you have many different-styles of pieces in your home.It's all working together perfectlly.That is how I want my home to look.Many decor pieces-styles working together.My Dutch shoes,Italian metal pieces and other decor to blend together.
I believe your ceiling is gold and wall color is a green.Am I correct?I can see the crown molding and the gold piece under it.A lovely touch.I enjoy your blog so very much.I'm glad when you decided to start it.
Lovely room Martha. I now have serious green eyes over your secretary with the beautiful bonnet. I was offered one very similar to it years ago and the foolish side of me turned it down and I can't seem to get over my stupidity, esp since it was a family piece. I like how you've place your wing backs even tho they're different heights. Nice touch.
The changes you made look warm and inviting. Love the pieces you have in your home.
Whether You Think You Can Or You Think You Can't..... You're Right - Henry Ford
Beautiful room and lovely arrangement. I can see why you like it with the chair by the fireplace.
For me, I started moving and tweaking after I took the holiday decorations down. Everything seemed so bare and I wanted to warm everything up for the winter months.
Once I start playing I can't seem to stop. Tweaking is my *specialty*. LOL
Your befores and afters are always so pretty. You have the magical touch no matter what you do. Thanks for sharing your pics.
I like the changes you made. Remember good design HAS to serve a purpose and you just made your design serve you better!
I LOVE your ceiling color with the lower piece on the crown complementing. As well as the gold color brought throughout the room in the lampshade and screen. Has a warm glow as if catching warm light from a big fire in the fireplace.
I agree both B&A are nice, but to have the room also work better is a great PLUS!
Beautiful, Martha, and very inviting...as usual.
I love your room and what you've done with it. With all this living room furniture/moving/rearranging, you've all inspired me to do mine!
Now if I could just remember my sign on name and password, I can get on my other computer and upload pics
Lovely changes. I so admire your home.
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