So, I took some photos. Ask and you shall receive, internets! But, then I decided to be a complete dork and took a video. And, as you will see, apparently my kitchen counter clean up did NOT work.
I'm SURE my brother David is rolling his eyes right now. He HATES it when I tackle decorating dilemmas on my blog. But, that was before he moved in with Tara, who I am positive, would be into the whole decorating thing. So, if you can't deal with minutia of decorating, click away now. I'm warning you. CLICK AWAY!
Where was I? Oh yes. So, here is the "formal" living room that I want to turn into a family room with flat screen TV.I have been rearranging the furniture to simulate what I have in mind. The bookshelves will not be there in my final vision. Normally the couch is in a different spot. But I like it better here. The windows are bumped out, so that portion of the room isn't as wide. That's why there isn't a real corner where we could fit a sectional. I'm thinking a love seat under the windows, a matching couch where this couch is, and a cool chair or chaise or something where the red rocking chair is. My dilemma is that I can't decide whether to keep the current furniture, or get something new. Like this.I really like this Pottery Barn sectional look, but can't seem to figure out how to get a sectional in our small living room with weird wall bump-outs. So I might have to do a couch and love seat that sort of have that sectional look.
Here is the dining room with the living room in the background. This part of the house just feels more spacious than the cramped back family room.Here is the tiny, cramped, toy-infested family room. The guard rail really blocks it off and makes it feel even smaller. The TV cabinet is broken and huge and NEEDS TO GO. You can't even see that other window on the other side of it! This room is just too small for more than about three people. When I have my girlfriends over and our kids are here, we don't even want to set foot in that room. The kids are all over us, you can't walk because of the toys, etc. Hence, my desire for a real hangout room in the living room. But, I also have a big desire to get all wood floors in here and in the kitchen and to take down the guard rail. But I can't do both that and a new living room set up. What would you do? New floors? Or new furniture? If you came to my house, would you hang out in that front room? Or do you think you'd end up back in the kitchen regardless?
Alright. I have to go. The baby is screaming bloody murder and the preschooler just dropped a bottle of Triple Sec on her toe in a quest for chocolate chips in the pantry (don't ask!)