We’ve been in this house for over a year and a half, which is a bit of a miracle considering how often we’ve moved in the last 10 years (check out Parade of Homes for more on that). We put a contract on this house just as the building process was beginning, so it was brand spankin’ new and fresh for us…something I never dreamed I would get to experience.
But, and I hesitate to even say this, I think the honeymoon is over. Oh, I still like our house and am very grateful for it, but the little things are starting to get on my nerves. Size, for one. The living areas, in particular, are really not large enough.
One problem that creates is furniture placement. Here is the family room as it has been for most of the time we’ve been here. I was standing in the dining area as I took the photo, so you’re seeing the whole room.
This arrangement is the most open and gives the feeling of the most space, but in my winter doldrums, I began to feel a lack of cozy. So I tried rearranging the room with the couch facing the fireplace.
I always felt it would close off the room too much and make it feel even smaller. I do really like having the couch facing the fireplace, though.
A few more views, to help give you the idea of space and maneuverability, and also to point out one big problem: the broken zipper on the slipcover. ETA: I should mention that I think the reason the zipper broke in the first place is that it takes Herculean effort to get the two zipper edges together, so I'm not sure it would work to repair it with velcro or whatever. It's an extremely tight fit.
Questions for you, keeping in mind that I would consider this a seasonal, winter arrangement:
- is it too crowded?
- should I replace the big coffee table with a smaller round one that is in my basement?
- should I let the broken zipper bother me very much? Solutions?
And one other thing….the lack of light fixture.
I do not use overhead lighting, so should I just cap it off? Add one of these ubiquitous light fixtures that are in other areas of the house (don’t ask how the builder decided where to put them and where not…it’s a mystery)? I know ceiling fans are decorating taboo, but one would be useful in this room. What do you think?
I’m not terribly concerned about accessories because in my mind’s eye most of this stuff is temporary and I have some ideas which will take time to implement. That said, I’d love to hear any and all suggestions for this room that you may have.