Remember in the last post where I told you I was done decorating and I was gonna be all Carol Brady and do crafts with my boys and like, rest, relax and enjoy and junk? I lied. It started out so innocently. Five minutes after publishing that post I just wanted to see how the armoire would look moved to the left about 12 inches or so. I couldn’t figure out why I had it pushed so far over towards the fireplace.
So I moved it, loved it and then I needed to move that red chair. I also have wanted to move the sofa over. I’ve always hated that my sofa floats but I wasn’t sure how to make it stop floating. We needed the walkway behind it and I had measured every wall in the house for that black hutch and it wasn’t going to work anywhere.
Guess what, the hutch fit somewhere else. Sometimes the only way to know if something will really fit is to try it. It would have been a huge pain to move it back but it would have only taken 20 minutes total both ways, and then I would have known for sure if it could work in a different spot and I could stop thinking about it. Well worth the trouble no matter what the outcome. Not only did it fit, it let out a big sigh of relief and said “it’s about time you put me in my rightful place, and by the way, you need to start working out.” I measured this spot no less than 5 times and logically there was no way this piece was supposed to fit there with the table and chairs. Y’all, it’s a Christmas miracle! The only problem is that there is a light switch right smack dab in the middle of that wall behind the hutch. Lights, smights. Who needs them?
Then I was faced with THIS montrosity. Monstrosity. A HUGE empty wall with nothing to fill it with. Meanwhile, my house is getting more and more disorganized by the miliseceond. Crafts? Right, my kids ate ketchup and cheese nips for lunch I think. I was all, “Mom needs to run to Home Goods, fend for yourselves, mkay?”.
I left them with this.
Came back and tried this lamp from our bedroom with some mirrors that I found. Nope, not expansive enough for that huge empty wall.
I took a photo of my son with his legos. See, I’m such an involved mom. I did at least notice what they were doing while I was tearing our house to pieces. They actually love it when I move stuff around because it gives them a new set to play in.
Then I decided to steal from Peter and give to Paul as my sister would say, and I removed all the blue/green plates from all the walls in my house. My bedroom was Peter and my living room was Paul if you are wondering. I guess that makes me Mary.
Two trips to Home Goods and 24 hours later I got this. I love it. I want about 24 more plates for the wall and then I’ll be done. The lamps are new and I love them but the shades are such a pure white they make it look like I opted for tiny hunks of the white hot sun in place of light bulbs. I prefer off white shades for warmer light. I can’t imagine how fast I’d blind my guests if I used those awful reveal light bulbs or those Al Gore curly, politically correct light bulbs.
I had to make due with this wall. I just kept repeating “like with like.” The key was to group like things together. And it’s the wall behind the sofa so I can’t have much there. And I don’t have anything else that will work there right now. No worries, I’m thinking on it.
The ramifications of moving my armoire 12 inches are far reaching. My son got a bookshelf in his room. We have 3 pretty mirrors above our bed, I’ve got a terrarium sitting in the middle of my foyer with no home. But our living room is so much cozier AND had 2 extra seats. For you that want to know, yes, I moved all the furniture by myself. Most of my pieces have those little plastic things on the bottom that make it slide really easily. My husband did help me move the bookshelf upstairs to our son’s room.
Our 20%2B guests will be here in about 24 hours and my house looks like a blind fraternity majoring in snacks containing saturated fat lives here with their dogs. And we don’t even have a dog. So today I will do exactly what I said I wasn’t going to do, I’ll clean like a mad woman, run to Target for a few stocking stuffers, remember that I forgot to take some new photos of my boys and have them printed out, try to wrap gifts, do a few loads of laundry and love every minute of it. For me the last two days were pure bliss getting to try my furniture in new places and the added pressure of a deadline made it all the more exciting. I have a sickness.
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