7/11/2012

Simple Changes in the Living Room



Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!

Wow...this has been a very lazy summer for me.  It seems that
 I haven't gotten much accomplished around the house.

  I did do one little small thing though...
I rearranged the furniture in the living room.

 Thought I would share a few photos with you of the mini-metamorphosis.
  I hope that you enjoy!


The "Before"
Living Room...Spring 2012*
The "conversational area" in my living room...Spring 2012

My living room is a long and narrow space.  The entertainment/TV
 center, along with two oversized leather chairs, is situated on one end of the
 living room...and a more formal area that I like to call the "conversational
 area" is located at the far end of the room.

Because this area of the living room is narrow...I'm a bit restricted when
 it comes to rearranging the furniture.  I found two different plans that work.
  The first, which you see above in the Spring 2012 photo, has a very "open flow"
 floor plan.  This furniture arrangement is really my favorite...so my living
 room looks like this most of the time, however...it is nice to change
 things up a bit...once in awhile.


The "after"
Living Room...Summer 2012*
The "conversational area" in my living room...Summer 2012

As you can see...the second furniture arrangement option...actually
 divides the long and narrow living room into two seperate areas.  The small
 sofa and sofa table act as a room divider.  The view from the sofa really is nice...
looking out the large arched window into the front yard of our home.  I
 moved the small end table in front of the window and placed the two
 chairs to each side. 
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This new arrangement really does offer a very cozy and intimate conversation area.
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A Summery Vignette for the Table...
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Keeping things simple...a silver champagne bucket filled with summery
 blooms sitting upon an oval silver tray!
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A closer view of the summer floral arrangement.
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I love all the natural light that my living room gets, however it does
 make photographing a bit difficult...especially near the window.
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The fireplace mantel gets a fresh, summery look as well.
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The crystal candelabra is making its "first time" debut.  I actually
 purchased a pair of these beautiful candelabras over a year ago.  I'm
 not sure why I waited so long to bring them out.  I love, love,
 LOVE all the pretty dangling crystals!
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Another simple summer vignette for the sofa table.
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The tall table lamp really does help to bring a "visual" division between
 the two areas of the living room.  At the same time, I chose a simple stack of
 three books for the opposite end of the vignette...so the view of the front
 window remains open throughout the living room.
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The sunlight is waning....making for an interesting photo of the french lady.
  Light and shadows...a photographers best friend!
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Voila...and there you have it!
  My living room's summer metamorphosis!
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I am joining these parties...
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Open House Party...hosted by Sherry over at No Minimalist Here.
Home Sweet Home....hosted by Sherry over at The Charm of Home.
Feathered Nest Friday...hosted by Courtney over at French Country Cottage.
Potpourri Friday...hosted by Honey over at "2805"
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Thank you, ladies...for hosting these lovely parties for us!
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Well dear friends, I'm so happy that you stopped by today!
  I always enjoy your visit!
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Warmest Summery Wishes!
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56 comments:

All Ways Designing said...

Hi Chari,

The 2nd look really adds some drama to your room - I love it!

Jan ♥

Olive Cooper said...

Dear Chari, I really love the classic chairs in front of the long gold drapes. The silver is bucket with flowers is equally lovely. You make the most of that space my friend. I always have way too much stuff in our living room. hugs, olive

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Chari...I like your room either way, but I must say this current way is my favorite...it does look so intimate!

Marilyn said...

It is nice to be able to rearrange. I like the two chairs in front of the window!

I rearranged mine too--removing a new recliner to take to the daughter and SIL in Denver. It looks so much better without it sitting in the middle of the room! LOL.

Hope you enjoyed our cooler weather the past few days! I sure did.♥♫

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Chari, you home is so lovely and I always love to see how you accessorize things. Gorgeous. It's nice to have a change and your room looks great both ways. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Just totally love the new look Chari!
It's perfectly romantic and cozy.
And your arrangement is outstanding! You rock at that Chari, so so pretty!
You really do have a gorgeous home Chari and it's all because of your great vision and decorating skills!
Love both arrangements but I can see how this one would be so cozy and intimate!
It's warm here today, about 90 but nothing like last week.
Hugs friend and thanks for your friendship.
Cindy

Sharing Shadymont said...

I do the same Chari. I'm constantly switching things up. Your room is very lovely! I like the change.

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Your home is so beautiful! I love the colors you have in your living room. Of the Spring and Summer furniture arrangements, I think the Summer 2012 look is my favorite! Thank you for having us into your home. :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love your decorating. Everything looks so elegant! You have a wonderful style. Love that head bust (I think that's what you call it). Have a great day!

Theresa said...

Cozy and intimate:) Love the changes! What a bright and cheery room! Your mantel is always beautiful! Have a blessed week dear friend, HUGS!

Cindy said...

Hi Chari,
I think your living room looks beautiful in this arrangement. It gives you two separate rooms that really look nice with the sofa and table dividing them.
Hugs, Cindy
PS The candelbra is seriously gorgeous!!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Chari I love the new look!! Hope your having a great summer my friend!

podso said...

Your simple changes are simple but significant. It's nice to change a room around and yours changes nicely. I like the new floral arrangement in the window. Wow, you have the touch! Nice to "see" you again!

Connie said...

Your room is so pretty with just the right amount of accessories-- not too cluttered. Love those new crystal candelabras, the frenchy lady and pretty lamp.

I've tried to work with long narrow rooms and it's hard to overcome the bowling alley effect they can have. You've done a great job.

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
Lovely metamorphosis! You have such a lovely home!!! Each individual change is stunning from the window, to the mantle and all the spaces in between...magnificinent room!
Fondly,
Pat

Creations By Cindy said...

Simply Stunning Chari! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Chari,
Wow... I would grab your cut crystal candelabra and the lamp §;-)

You really have great french collections. Superb.

Happy Thursday, gorgeous.

Hugs,
/CHie

Sherry said...

The changes are very pretty. it is nice to lighten up the arrangements for a summer look. Your home is beautiful!
Sherry

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Chari, I absolutely LOVE your new living room design! Just PERFECT! You really did a masterful job! It looks so different and your furniture looks different too!
Beautiful champagne bucket with white florals!
You must be thrilled!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hi Chari..how are you lovely friend, I've missed you!!!!! No matter what you do to your house it remains gorgeous, just terrific, magazine worth! Chari, you got that special touch not everyone has for decorating in that grand-French style you perfected so well. Anyhow, I'm loving the summer look. Fabulous!
Lots of hugs from South-America.
FABBY

car loans melbourne said...

Hi Chari. You really have the knack for interior designing. I so love your living room. The furniture and stuff do compliment each other.

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Love the colours in your living room! Very nice, indeed :) Beautiful house. Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Hi Chari,
I love the way you arranged the room; it looks wonderful both ways, but it's nice to change things up. I like the arrangement you did on the table in front of the window; so simple, yet so elegant and summery. It looks great between the two chairs. I love the candleabra with the beaded crystals! Gorgeous!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your room is lovely both ways, but a new look is always refreshing. I adore your arched window and the gorgeous silk drapes. The silver champagne buck with the flowers is so lovely. It's beautiful, my friend!

Thank you for sharing your lovely room at Potpourri Friday!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, I love the new furniture arrangement and the candlelabra is beautiful! I hope you are having a wonderful summer and I appreciate you sharing your pretty room at the Open House party.

Sandra Lee said...

What a cozy room!

Chicken Wrangler said...

Nice arrangements - I am intrigued by the necklace on the WHITE LADY - very attractive!

kim joul aita said...

love it very romantic...!

England Furniture said...

Interesting picture. Meshing your choice of furnishings with interior décor may positively effect the total look of the living room. Thanks for posting.

Sonia said...

Beautiful! I love the chairs in front of the window! Makes a lovely vignette!! Great new look!
Miss Bloomers

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