Want to help me brainstorm? I have a brain cramp and can't figure out what to do.
Disclaimer: This post is going to be very "real life" because my house looks like it's been ignored for a few days. Why? Because that's exactly what's happened. Sick kids and an absent husband lead to house neglect. Why bother tidying up those messes, though, if you can make a bigger one by rearranging?!
Anyway, here's where I started. Please ignore the stripes of green paint. Just trying to figure out what color to paint this part of the house.
Disclaimer: The electric fireplace that's been sitting in the middle of the floor for three weeks will eventually go to the garage and get put on Craigslist. Tomorrow, in fact. I can't lift it myself and Tim hasn't really been around this month to do it for me.
We're getting our piano back next week and it's going on this wall. I'll be hanging our collection of white-framed family photos above the piano. We've had this desk and a rocking chair in that corner, simply because we hadn't figured out a good place to put them, but the piano will take up virtually all that space. So, I set out to find a new space for the rocker. (The desk is going to the garage while I decide whether or not to keep it.) There's not any place for the rocker in the living room, so I thought about putting it in the master bedroom.
Off to the bedroom we go.
Disclaimer: We don't normally keep potted plants on the bedroom floor, but I was afraid they'd topple off the furniture I was moving.
There's a mirrored closet on the right, which is where that funky reflection is coming from. Sorry about that.
The space to the right of the window used to have a dresser in it, but I thought the rocking chair might fit there. It did, but it just seemed ... I don't know. It didn't look like it belonged there. Maybe there's another way to make it work in our room, but I'm not seeing it. I'll give you a peek at the rest of the room, in case you have some brilliant idea I'm missing.
Disclaimer: We don't normally keep everything we own on top of our bed. However, Teebs has been quarantined to our room for sleeping until Naomi is healthy and I threw his pack 'n play on top of the bed so I could move the dresser and vacuum. And the cardboard box? Filled with the family pictures that will go above the piano. And the laundry basket? Filled with random stuff I picked up around the house that needs to get put away. And the pile of other junk? The things I intended to take care of today but was too busy to deal with. All put on the bed for the same reason as the pack 'n play.
That's the bed and nightstands. No room for a rocker there.
Disclaimer: We don't usually keep puzzle tables in the middle of our room, but it just got taken down by one of the little Ws and I haven't had a chance to put it away.
This is the wall to the left of the bedroom door and that's the dresser that used to be to the right of the window. The dresser that will be white someday. No room for a rocker there because it's the path to the bathroom.
In case you were going to suggest moving the bed to under the window, we can't because it covers the one and only heating vent in that room. Sooooo ... yeah. I don't think it will fit in our room.
Here's where I put it.
This is opposite the piano wall and next to the non-opening side of the sliding door. I don't know if I like it there or not, but I don't dislike it. It's the best option I've come up with so far. Suggestions?
So there's rearranging problem numero uno. The rocker.
Next up? The secretary. Here's the picture I took right after I painted.
I love, love, looooove this piece of furniture, but I don't like it there. It seems too formal for the room or something. I have a dresser that stores toys in another room and I pulled it in to see what it would look like. Moving the book-filled secretary is a big job, so I'm not doing that unless I know for sure where I'm going to put it. So, here's a shot of the dresser in front of the secretary. At least it gives you an idea of what it would look like shoved against the wall. I like it a lot better!
Disclaimer: This 103 degree bundle of childhood is part of the reason the rest of my house looks neglected. Poor kid.
That white dresser used to be in the dining area and it's the only other place the secretary would fit, but I don't think I'll like it there. Well, I suppose it could go in our room, but I don't think it would look right in there either. Here's the dining room option.
For reference, the piano will be just on the other side of that laundry room door. The previous owners actually had a huge hutch right in this spot, but I just think the secretary would look odd right next to the fridge. Don't you?
And just to throw one more little thing in the mix, I present this chair.
It's the same stain as the secretary and I love it! It's been in the garage because the seat needs to be repaired, but this is a major case of "out of sight, out of mind". The only way it's going to get fixed is if I see it every day and want to sit in it. But .... I don't know where to put it. Shocking, I know.
So, anyone want to tell me what to do?