After the heartbreaking “eviction” from our previous home (OK, I MAY be over-dramatizing that a bit), Jeffrey and I have decided we can no longer risk falling in love with a space we don’t own. To that end, we have hesitated putting too much of ourselves into our new space, focusing on making it functional in a practical way as opposed to completely re-inventing the space and investing scads of money and time to make it perfect for us.
However, trying to fight one’s nature is tougher than it seems, and as we’ve spent more time in the new house we have found ourselves liking it more and more and wanting to tweak it here and there to make it a bit more “us”. We just can’t seem to exist in a space for any length of time without feeling the need to convert it from “a house to a home.”
Our biggest obstacle is the oddly spaced, miniscule living room area, which clearly was not intended to accommodate anyone with even the smallest of social lives or having the least amount of company. Up until now, we have had this awful configuration that, while technically functional, completely blocked off the space in an abrupt and awkward way and was so unwelcoming that it was practically uncomfortable to sit in with any of our guests. We felt crammed into a pocket of the room and did not enjoy spending any time there. We accepted that this was the best configuration we could come up with and have spent weeks searching every local furniture store for small furniture to replace what we have to help give us more breathing room.
This past Sunday, we hit the last of the furniture places (that we’re aware of) and finally threw in the towel: this area just does not carry furniture for small spaces. We returned home, dejected and desperate, but decided we had to do something; so, we completely dismantled and cleared out the living room and just started playing with the space, trying to think outside of the box. Much to our (very pleasant) surprise, it only took 3 different configurations before we discovered a set up that worked PERFECTLY, completely opened the space and turned it from a creepy, cold space to a warm, welcoming sitting area.
To say we love it is an understatement. I can’t stop walking through the room and looking at our masterpiece, patting ourselves on the back for, once again, making something from nothing. We have literally transformed the space and changed the entire flow and feel of the house. A week ago I was determined we would move after a year because I simply could not live without a living room. Now, I am eagerly planning a housewarming party (3 months after we moved in) to enjoy the space I once loathed.
I attempted to illustrate the layout change, but was using a basic paint program and was not drawing to scale so it’s not the best visual. Still, I think you can get the gist of what we did.
I can’t believe how much joy I get in organizing a living space, especially when it really enhances a room and maximizes space. I should get my own cable show!