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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rerouting Room Traffic

 Although I liked the way the living room was set up, there was one problem: our cozy floor plan was not wheelchair accessible. With Mom in a chair for now, this meant she couldn't navigate by herself, and pulling her into the living room area for movie night blocked the entrance.
Even though the kids enjoyed having an excuse to climb over the back of the couch like orangutans, I opposed this behavior and knew we needed to carve some inches out in the bottle necked zones.
At 2 feet deep, this dresser behind the couch was great display space, a storage monster, and was perfect for setting beverages on, but it gobbled up real estate.
 The bookcases in the Florida room jutted out only 12 inches and were nearly the same width as the dresser.
 We switched the two and moved the sofa backwards 12 inches, gaining floor space in the living room .
 This gave us the room and functionality we needed, and because we also lost an end table and lamp in the process, we moved the two curvy teal lamps to the back of the couch for reading light.
We also gained a charging station and a sunglass and wallet basket, the mail table moved here, and the shoe basket was repositioned, making this an all in one landing area.

I promise to give you a tour of the whole thing in a day or two. Right now, I have a stomach bug and think I'll curl back up. Just in case you were wondering where I've been.


Sherri B. said...

I hope you have some nice, spicy ginger ale on everytime for my family. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

Tru said...

Kudos to you for considering your Mom's mobilty issues and helping her out.

Amanda- Hip House Girl said...

I like the new arrangement and I LOVE your lamps. Here's to movie night!

Heather said...

The new arrangement sounds great. Hope that you are feeling better.

red.neck chic said...

I hope you feel better soon!!!! I love your couch by the way...
now go curl up on it.

;-D robelyn

Unknown said...

Love the new arrangement! I really like the two lamsp on top, too. I hope you feel better and throw off that bug soon!


Heather said...

Sunny, I hope you feel better soon. The new arrangement looks great and added so much functionality. Enjoy! And I am so pleased to know that your mom is up for movie nights:)

Brandy said...

I feel your pain! I have been sick for almost two weeks now. Ugh! Can't seem to shake it, hope you feel better soon!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Love the new arrangement. That used a lot more mental energy that I have right now. You're so clever. I'm sorry you are under the weather. Hope you feel better soon!

Anniegi said...

Love the new streamlined look and those lamps are REALLY pretty! I love
clearing up space in my apt (esp. when it's over with!!!) Your lucky to have the help you have with the heavy lifting. Feel better soon!
If ginger ale doesn't cut it try some ginger tea.

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

How perfect!! Isn't it amazing how much we end up loving things when we have to change them out of necessity?

allison @ said...

feel better! Looks great though!

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

Great switcheroo! I love to rearrange furniture. Drives my husband nuts! Feel better.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Looks great, it is always nice to change furniture around and gain floor space.(-:

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I love the new layout! The lamps and basket look wonderful. I know I've told you this before but I adore your front door! Hope you're feeling better.