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Rearranging Furniture in the Living Room

Rearranging Furniture in the Living Room

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! After a few way-too-busy weeks I finally took a couple of days to just do fun things. My sister and nephew came up for the weekend and we had a great time shopping and eating and drinking coffee. :) On Saturday my girls, sister and I had a blast making our own candles! So much fun! Candle making is definitely going to be a new obsession.

We also went to a couple of open houses in our Seattle area, just to be nosy. Even though we have no reason to be house shopping (we just got here!), I can’t stop myself!

Rearranging Furniture in the Living Room

We saw a really cute one, too (in the photos above). But while there’s always that moment when you can be tempted to fall in love with what you don’t have (especially when it is all remodeled, painted beautifully and professional staged and yours is still in its awkward not-staged or painted phase), looking at houses also affirms that we made the right choice for us. We have a long way to go to make our house feel the way we want it to, but we love our house and know it’s going to be everything we need.

Last week we did a little rearranging in our living room and dining room. I was just ready for a change, or more like it, I was just ready to feel settled. I kept putting off rearranging the room because I wanted to paint the room and deal with the fireplace first, but I’m trying to not wait for perfect conditions!

I didn’t feel like the living room or dining rooms were as cozy as I wanted them to be, so moving furniture around seemed like a no-risk way to try something new.  I’m still toying with the idea of painting our fireplace (or regrouting it) as a low budget improvement or a first step makeover (see some painted fireplace inspiration photos and my own fireplace here), but I knew the furniture arrangement could make a difference in the room now, so there was no reason to wait.

Rearranging Furniture in the Living Room

Above: Our living room at Christmas, before we moved the glass cabinet to the dining room!

To get started, we moved our glass door cabinet to the dining room. It made sense that it would be in the dining room, but for some reason we previously determined it was going to be too big for that room. We also had thought we needed to have that piece in our living room to hold lamps, since that room doesn’t have any overhead lights. But, we decided to just try moving it and see what would happen. I’m so glad we did, we immediately LOVED it in there! I’ll show you the dining room arrangement in another post.

Without that cabinet on the wall, we were free to try a new arrangement. However, without that cabinet, we really didn’t have much furniture. Our leather sofa felt a bit small as a main sofa for this room, so we pulled a few chairs around to simulate what it might feel like if we got a new larger sofa (one of the potential hazards of rearranging is when you discover that you actually don’t have the pieces you need, ha).

Rearranging Furniture in the Living Room

We wanted to make our living room cozy and comfortable, but also open and inviting. The goal is to orient this space around the view, but also to center the furniture around conversation. It’s tricky when you have more than one objective. Originally we tried our leather sofa facing the fireplace to be cozy and put the cabinet against the only full wall, but it just felt closed off and not really welcoming.

But surprisingly, when we set up a new sofa simulation with chairs facing the view, and put the leather sofa back where it was before facing the fireplace, the arrangement felt perfect. Not closed off, but cozy and inviting while still fully incorporating the view as a main focal point. It all felt right. All it took was a new “sofa” against the wall. :) A chair angled at the fireplace toward the sofas will complete the conversation area.

We’ve lived with this arrangement for a few days and so far, we love it. We still need lamps, tables and a new sofa, but now we can at least visualize what we want. We’ve found a couple of potential sofa options already and can’t wait to continue making our living room a really comfortable space!

Have you done any furniture arranging lately?

PS. We paused the Love Your Home Challenge over Easter weekend, so we will post the remaining few challenges this week! Feel free to continue following along with the challenges on Instagram!

Living Room Sources:

Leather Nailhead Sofa

Blue and White Rug

Gray Coffee Table

Related Posts:

Updates to our basement family room

Our house floor plan

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Hello, Kylee here today. I’m back! See, I told you I was going to try to appear here more often! Besides the fact that my mom needed a couple of days off this week to finish up a project, she has been bugging me for FOREVER to post not only my townhouse decorating progress, but also recipes. I assume this is partly for her benefit because she is one busy lady and, as I know she would admit, doesn’t have a lot of time to think about things like meal-planning. I, on the other hand, have a food obsession and my mind is constantly occupied with my next meal. For my mom’s birthday this year, all she asked for was a typed list of easy, healthy recipes that she could make and so I obliged.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Contrary to what people tend to think, given how much I love food, I don’t like cooking. What I DO like is eating. But alas, eating well and cooking tend to go hand in hand. One of my dreams would be to have a personal chef who I can tell exactly what I am craving and they would just make it for me and take care of the cleanup. I wish! I am slowly learning to be sort of into cooking. But really, it’s not the process I like, but the end result.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe
Like I explained in my last post, I had been slacking on posting here because blog posts require more time than you would think. Especially because it means that you not only have to write something somewhat interesting about what you are posting, but you also have to take photos.

Taking photos requires one to be home in the light and then the expectations with a blog post is that you take GOOD photos, which let’s be honest, I am not a photographer and never have any idea what I am doing when I whip out the DSLR. So, I explained all of this to my mom, who in turn told me not to worry and just share my photos like I do on Instagram. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I take a lot of photos of my food. Yes, I’m one of those people at restaurants. Before you go judging me, you should know, science totally validates this behavior.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

All that to say, I am here to share a granola recipe with you today! Granola is a morning staple at our house. We most often use it to top yogurt or smoothie bowls in the mornings. Occasionally, we will have it like cereal with some almond milk. I’ve even used it as an oatmeal topper! For a snack, we will toss it with nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Nothing compares to fresh, homemade granola. Boxed granola is usually so processed and full of refined sugars and preservatives. It’s so easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought that there’s really no reason not make a big homemade batch yourself! Plus, it lasts for several weeks in an airtight container (not that it ever lasts that long in my house!).

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

This has been our go-to recipe lately. It’s super simple, which makes it very versatile. If you try it I’d love to hear what you think!

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together oats, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.
  • In a separate, medium bowl combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt, and cinnamon.
  • Combine both bowls and spread evenly onto your baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir, and bake for another 15 minutes or until granola is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Happy Easter weekend from our family to yours!

More Recipes:

Easter Brunch Recipes (and entertaining ideas) // Pink Juice // Veggie Panini // Salad with Roasted Chickpeas // Minty Watermelon Lime Fruit Pops

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