Today has been the day of saying “What was I thinking?”
First, I went downstairs and in the “TV Room”, we had figured out all the furniture placement. That’s pretty much Vince’s room to do with whatever he wants. But as I walked through there this evening, I thought . . one thing we were going to put here isn’t going to work so I called Vince and asked if he was ok with putting it there and he said fine.
Then, I was sitting upstairs and the entire main floor family room plans fell apart. I’m not even sure I can describe it all without confusing all of us.
There’s one more recliner coming “some day”, whenever the furniture Gods deem it time for us to get it. I’m thinking at the rate things are going, as we’re hearing from others, the first recliner may be worn out by the time the mate arrives. But the plan was to put the second recliner, at an angle like the one shown, but next to the sofa (far side in this photo).
We have an entertainment center that we bought in Nevada and it’s been in the Master Bedroom in Texas but I’d kinda like to have it in the main family room here . . not to be used as an entertainment center but more as a store cabinet. I thought I could find pictures of it on the blog but I can’t. It has a center section, then two side sections with doors. I could store quilts in it, put pretty things on the shelves, have a place to put the blankets we use when sitting upstairs. I was going to put it against this wall.
Just sitting there tonight looking at it, I realized . . that spot isn’t big enough. Even if it were, part of the furniture would be o carpet and part would be on the wood floor. Not going to work. Back to the drawing board.
Also, this is by the front door.
I had wanted something there. A place to keep dog leashes, keys, notepads, post-it notes, pens . . things like that. I thought this chest would fit nicely there because I didn’t want something so tall it would be in the way of the light switches.
Then I realized it would be sitting over the air conditioner vent and we don’t want to lose any cold air coming in. The upstairs tends to get warm in the afternoons.
This was my setup in MO.
I love that chest. It’s so good for small knitting projects, knitting gadgets, hand lotion, emery boards, glass cleaning pads, pens, notebooks – the things I use every day.
It isn’t like we can’t change things later but here’s what I think I’m going to do:
I moved my chair over against the wall where the entertainment center was going to be and I’m going to put the colorful chest against that wall.
The other recliner will be over in that corner by the window. One thing this will help: The people who built this house had designed it so you could get to any room without walking across carpet but this opening (where the brown doggie gate is), that’s the quickest path to the master bedroom, really all the main level bedrooms and both main level baths. I kept begging Vince . . “Don’t walk across the carpet a million times a day. You’re going to wear a path.” Deaf ears! Putting the doggie gate up helped but having furniture there, even though it isn’t really blocking the path, with also help.
I know . . this is the same picture I’ve already used at the top of this post. I’ll put the entertainment center from Texas along that long wall. There’s going to be a cabinet (of sorts) in the corner for the stereo equipment that hooks into the surround sound, and the music things – I don’t even know what Vince is doing there.
If there’s room after all that, I have a rocking chair I can put somewhere there. If not, the rocking chair can go in a bedroom or in the downstairs family room.
The loom is not going to stay. I don’t know where it will end up. Once I use up some yarn and fabric and can take down a shelf unit or two in the sewing room, I’d like to have the loom in there. Just not sure there’s going to be room for it with everything else I have in there.
The best I can do at this point is have the movers put things where I think they will work and then have Vince and Chad move them if they look awful where I’ve put them.
Thoughts?? I’m definitely open to suggestions.
One thing I hate giving up is the white table by my chair. I kept my computer and iPad on that but I don’t want it blocking the opening to the breakfast room. It isn’t really what I want in the dining room or in the foyer but I have a place downstairs where I think it will fit perfectly.
There’s definitely going to be some re-arranging. This all works much easier when you buy what you need for the new place instead of making what you have work but I like the pieces I’m bringing and I want them to work so . . where there’s a will, there’s a way and so long as we’re happy with it, that’s about all that matters.