Books moved, entire house rearranged!

Warning! Picture heavy post!

I have one of those houses where you’ve got the soaring vaulted ceiling, and the living room is open to the dining room. It’s a doozy to arrange furniture in it, I’ve NEVER been happy with how it’s been arranged, the whole 5 years we’ve lived in it! Here’s what it looked like 4 years ago:

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A little while later I made some curtains to replace those hideous vertical blinds, and this is how it stayed for 4 years, except for the continual moving of the couch and chairs in the living room.

4 years later, my oldest son is taking ‘cello & trombone lessons, and the younger one is also taking ‘cello lessons.Also, my husband practices his trombone at home at the end of the most days. In order to encourage the kids to practice most days, we have them leave their instruments out, and everyone has been practicing in the little transition zone between LR & DR, and leaving their instruments and cases in the DR, like this: (wish I’d taken a before picture…but big surprise, I never wanted to take a picture of the cluttered mess that it was!)

PracticesIt occurred to me that we ought to be using the DR as a MUSIC room, as we only dine in it about 4 times a year, but it wasn’t until 6 weeks ago that I figured out how to make that happen. All I had to do is switch the DR table with the library table in front of the window! Then, my husband built 2 cello stands (and I discovered the joy/horror of how sticky spray glue for foam & fabric can be when added velvet & foam to the inside of the boxes) so the cellos could stand upright safely. I was amazed at how open and airy the room felt! And now there was more room for practicing folk! Finally, the space was arranged for how it was really used…and the 4 times a year we DO use the DR, all we have to do is pack up the instruments and switch the tables! (HOLD on, pictures are coming)

THEN, a MONTH ago, that curved screen, 14 year old TV gave up the ghost with some sparks and more than a wiff of ozone!

So sad 😉

Amazingly enough, I had more than enough money in my business account to justify actually buying a fancy dancy flat screen TV (that, plus they’re really come down in price and we got a terrific deal). Although the $$$ from our salaries in our “real jobs” is spoken for 7 ways til Sunday, the money that I earn as an artist either has to go back into the business – or, I decided 5 seconds after the TV exploded, it should be spent on fun things. So, although I feel incredibly guilty buying an extravagant TV, I justify it this way! Plus, I ignore my dear hubby so, he should at least be able to see what show he falls asleep in front of each night while I’m upstairs sewing and ignoring him! So, with the new TV I really needed get the room closer to my vision of an ideal LR.

infinitum!I’ve been in a funk the past couple of weeks, and realized that I needed to do some de-cluttering of my surroundings. And as my hubby has some free time, I decided we needed to go to Ikea to get ONE more book storage unit, and by combining it with the 3 storage units we were using for storing the bulk of our books  in our bedroom, we could have an awesome media wall. Combine that with my awesome as-is Ikea chaise purchase with the perfectly dyed slipcover – I’ve spent the past 3 days moving over 1000 books downstairs, and moving around literally about 1/3 of all the furniture in our house to new spaces (and discovering 5 year old dust piles! eeewww!) Now my downstairs looks like this! Edit: Actually it looks like this – I made new curtains a week later!

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All this is from the Bonde series (most discontinued now) I just had to buy one of the tall double bookshelves on the right
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Each of these cupboards holds, no joke, 200-300 books!

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Arranging these will be performance art...I can see me fiddling with these shelves ad infinitum

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Stirling, who makes himself at home in EVERY chair/couch!
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My knittin gbooks - maybe I'll start knitting again, right here!
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And beautiful agapanthus out my window!
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Ignore the brown leaves - hopefully these are going to recover from the dreaded tenting!

I never want to leave home! NOW!!!!! I can get on to creating!!!!!

16 Responses

  1. looks great, great, great!!!!!!!! way to go – ahhh. i can feel the relief. i have a room (or 2 or 3) like that! should get on the stick!! your practice room is ingenious, your artwork is wonderful!! nice vibe…

  2. Wow that looks GREAT. Can you come over to my house??? I have a living room I’ve never been able to arrange. Good job!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Candy, I love all the different shades of wood you have, including the cellos. Its looks fantastic! An a lot more comfortable??

  4. OMG … I am sooooo jealous! Absolutely freakin’ fabulous! I’m not sure you can come to our house. It looks like a dump compared to yours! Can’t you just come live with me for about 6 months and do the same thing to my house? 🙂

  5. CANDY I NEEEEEEED YOU!!!!!!!!!! All I can say is WOW! I wanna come visit again!!!!

  6. WOW…..Well, you just GO girl!! What an amazing transformation!! I too have a strange room/dining to arrange….you may just be my inspiration!!

  7. If I come to your house I will sit with Stirling right on that green chaise lounge. It looks like it would be perfect for us…

    Nice work on the re-organisation.

  8. Nice job rearranging; the new way looks very comfy and inviting. It always feels so good to get things just right. Enjoy ;o)


  9. Love the “after” shots. You did a great job rearranging. I especially love the music practice area where the instruments will get played if it’s a family thing. We turned our dining room into our computing/sewing activity room years ago – I miss the dining room part about once a year and that’s it.