It was one of those days when I woke up ready to get things done. I cleaned out the coat closet before I took the boys to school and didn’t eat a bite until my “late brunch” at 1:30 pm. I wasn’t joking around. (That’s not normal for me, by the way. I’m a big fan of breakfast.)
I’ve been wanting to clean out the attic space under the eaves in the guest room for weeks, so I started on that once the boys were at school. Well, I cleaned out the built-in bench “cubbie” in the home office first, but then I started upstairs. I actually had to clean up the guest room as well, since it had become a dumping ground for the window unit air conditioners and cast-off furniture, pillows and rugs. I had a big pile of trash out on the curb, some things set aside to sell or give away and had everything else neatly put away by about 10:30.
In addition to my hoard of rugs in the basement, I had a couple in the attic. One was a rug I had in my dining room years ago from my Opa’s house and the other was just a remnant of the wall-to-wall carpet in my family room. So, I moved the remnant to use the basement and intended to bring the other one to the basement to add to the sell pile. I got it down to the office and decided to roll it out. I remembered thinking it was pinkish when I banished it to the attic, but when I rolled it out today, it was surprisingly neutral. I dragged it into my bedroom. Why not? And…it actually works pretty well!
So, who knows if I’ll keep it there, but it’s always fun to find something you already own that can give a room a new look, right? And, of course, then I had to clean up my room…pick up, dust and vacuum.
And that led me to the family room…the room that was on my list to “reset” today. I’ve mentioned resetting a room before here on the blog and in my book. It’s a way to strip a room down to the basic pieces of furniture and give yourself a fresh place to start. I don’t do this very often, but it’s what I go to when I’m feeling stuck with a room or if I keep buying things that I think will work and then they don’t or if I’m being very indecisive. It’s time to stop the madness and start over.
I started out with trying the furniture in a new arrangement. All of my furniture is on felt pads, so I can slide everything around pretty easily. This is a time when I try anything that comes in my head, even if it seems a little nutty. Years ago, I thought it would be a nice to have a table to eat at in the family room, since it’s right off the kitchen. The carpet always prevented me from doing that. By the time we replaced it with the wood floors, I had forgotten about it. As I was thinking of new arrangements, that came to mind again. I liked the idea of getting the table out of the kitchen. It’s really not meant to be an eat-in kitchen and I have to do a strange scoot-and-limbo move to use the microwave and we’re always pushing the table around when we’re getting in our places for dinner. So, the first thing I did was pull the table into the room and then I started working around that…
I liked it , so I rolled up the 8 x 10 rug in the center of the room to give me even more flexibility. The French daybed was moved under the single window (opposite from where it used to be) and that grouping is rounded out with the marble-topped dresser, a pair of small end tables and a child’s chair. (I’m still missing a curtain panel. FYI.) The wing chairs, sofa and ottoman stayed in the same general area, but were shifted a bit to work better with the new arrangement.
The child’s desk became an end table. The French bergere chairs were moved into the living room, leaving the space next to the sofa open and making room for the channel-back chair near the French doors.
The hutch moved to the opposite corner, the square end table was centered on the window where the daybed used to be and was then flanked with the green velvet French chairs (which I’m going to reupholster soon.) Those were from the living room and swapped places with the French bergere chairs. The “Lego storage” dresser is the only piece that stayed put.
(Yeah…I still need to paint that third barstool!)
So, it’s totally different. We gave it a good testing this evening with homework, chess games, dinner and some races and it got a thumb’s up from the boys and a well, it’s interesting and we can always move it back if it doesn’t work from the hubs. The only thing I don’t like is that I lost a little desk for myself. I can live with that, though.
Right now there aren’t rugs in the room, but I did order the natural heathered chenille jute rug from Pottery Barn while it was on sale and should get it soon. I was fortunate enough to see the rug first-hand in our hotel room in Charlottesville a few days ago, so I felt confident making the purchase.
I’m excited about having something neutral, so I can use my pretty fabrics for pillows and upholstery without looking too crazy with the blue & white wool rugs. I was able to use one of those in the kitchen, but the rest are in the basement. Once my rearranging settles down, I have several rugs to sell including two bamboo mats, a wool rug from Target, a Dash & Albert rug and a couple more. That’s how I decorate most of my house. Buy a few things, sell a few things and I usually end up coming ahead. I’ll have to explain that further in another post, because I was doing that even before I started my business and blog. Anyway, just keep an eye out for those rugs and I’ll list prices and pictures for locals who are interested.
Can you tell I’m enjoying myself thoroughly?