Today I’m going to share a few of the many forms our living room has taken in the past 6 months. As stated before, space is very important to me and the living room is top priority to me. For one, I do most of my work in this space - I write, I brainstorm, I research, I watch, I play . . . so on. For another, it is very openly connected to our kitchen and I must admit to being a bit of a neat freak when it comes to the kitchen, which is spilling over into the living area (because I can see the mess . . and it sees me). I am definitely the person who has to clean for 20 min before I can sit down to any work. Some of you are wishing you could do that, but let me just tell you . . . don’t.
When walking into apartments that you think you may like to move into, don’t be like me. I have this knack for seeing only potential - it’s great when it comes to helping my students (I’m an art instructor), but it sucks when you are now 6 months into your lease wishing you had asked the questions that needed asking at the beginning, like: can I paint the walls? Yes, I could still ask, but now it’s just more of a thing. At least, it is in my mind.
- I need to get more art up on the walls - preferably other artists’ work. I have a few ideas for this, but for now it will have to be cheap shortcuts. More info to follow.
- There has to be better organization for the DVD collection and our growing record collection.
- I would like to build a liquor cabinet in place of our wine rack that we are using as such. The wine rack needs to just hold wine and possibly some decor on top . . . it looks too cluttered (the bad kind) for my taste at the moment.
- I would like to accumulate more pillows, and continue to sew new covers for the ones we have. I can’t stand monotony or matchy-matchy. Plus, are there really ever enough pillows? Methinks no.
- Try several layouts. Then try some more. - Eventually you will find something you LOVE.
- Even moving the little things can make a huge difference. - A small twist here, a scooch there . . . I like the approach that every little area should feel wonderful to you.
- Dare to dare. - Try something strange! I thought everyone would hate the couches facing one another, but, to my surprise, even my mother likes it!
- Have a plan to move forward. - Do you wish you had a different light fixture but you just keep staring at the one you hate instead of replacing it? Create a plan! Set aside a few bucks a month until you have enough to get that beautiful fixture you’re drooling over.
What helps you love your living spaces? Please share below!