We're like ants moving piles of sand back and forth over here. We made changes to the guest bedroom. Which caused us to move all our books, both in storage and on a shelf, out of that room and into the living room. We always intended to have a wall of books in the living room but it's taken 4 years to make it happen.
We decided on the Helix bookcases from CB2. Four of these fit the intended wall perfectly. We pulled almost all of our books out of storage and now have them out on display for easy access. Oddly enough, it's our 4-year old who really enjoys going through them.
Before putting the bookcases up we had to repaint the wall. P loved to help. But just like the last time she helped me paint a wall she found this type of painting to have "too many rules" and "not fun". I was still happy that she wanted to help. It's the storm before the calm that prohibits me from doing projects like these any faster. I hate this stage of the process. Furniture is moved, books everywhere, complete chaos! I hate it!
Another big change was getting rid of the big tv! You may remember seeing this great big black box in most of our living room pictures...or maybe not. I tried to hide it as much as possible.
Dave bought the TV before we were even together. The picture quality is still great but we can't connect it to any online devices; ie Apple TV, Hulu, Netflix, etc. We decided to downsize in screen size and take advantage of the black Friday sales after Thanksgiving. Online access on the TV may not seem so important but we got rid of cable almost a year ago and now just watch what we really want to watch from all the online apps. No more $200/month cable bills! It justified getting a new TV.
Just in time for the holidays our living room that once looked like this, now looks like this:
In it's previous location, the TV got glare from almost every window. In it's new spot we get no glare. Watching TV during the day is enjoyable and I can even watch from the kitchen and dining room.
Before, the far left couch was all the way up against the wall. The spacing was odd in relation to the fireplace. Now with the bookcase on that wall the couch is pushed in closer to the fireplace and the other couch which created a more intimate sitting area. The entire room feels cozier.
There will forever be toys in this room. It just is what it is with small children in the house. I've come to find it soothing instead of a mess. We do try to keep it somewhat contained.
This is the view from the hallway as you enter the house. I love the new bookcases and all those books meeting us every time we enter.
Labels: living room, organization, storage