Stop. Walk away from those boxes marked "Christmas."
It won't take long, but this tip just may change your life. Okay, maybe not your life... but your home... or maybe not your whole home... but a room. One room. At least. :)
I did this simple trick over the weekend and we've been trying to conceal our giddiness each time we walk into the family room. And we didn't spend a dime.
We simply moved a couch and large rug from our living room to our family room. You've heard people say to, "Shop your house..." Usually, when we say that, we're talking about a lamp or a chair. May I suggest even a couch can be "shopped" from another room?
The tip I would give you is this: Try furniture, by moving it around, in every possible configuration before you rule it out. Don't just "eyeball it."
The couch below, with the number five pillow, is the new-to-this-room addition. And I never knew that she'd fit in so well! I think we're all guilty of being too judgmental with our
friends furniture from time to time. We think we know best and we put limits on people furniture.
We first had the couch against the windows and then moved the sectional every which way and it didn't work at all. There was no natural flow in the room.
I was ready to haul the couch back to our living room when in desperation, I looked on Pinterest. I saw a family room I loved with a couch that backed to a kitchen counter.
And it clicked! It wasn't the sectional I needed to move, it was the couch.
There's still enough room to easily walk between the couch and sectional as well as between the counter stools and couch.
Before moving the couch in, we didn't have enough seating in this room to accommodate our family of five, which includes three growing boys who like to lounge. Or when we had company, someone would inevitably end up sitting on the floor or scrunched into the corner of the sectional probably whispering "personal space!" in their head.
It's amazing how the extra seating seems to invite you in to stay. I used to think that by having one whole side of the room open to the kitchen, it made it feel airy and larger. In retrospect, I think it felt a bit unsettled. It's cozier now, and by using large, similar pieces, it doesn't feel cluttered.
Now that the seating configuration works well in this room, I'm excited to start decorating for the holidays!
Have you had any furniture placement breakthroughs lately?
(That's a real thing. To us.)
ps - And while we didn't spend a dime changing things up in our family room, our living room is now missing a couch. Hmmm. Stay tuned! ;)