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Entertain Me

One Saturday this Summer we went yardsaling. Is that even a word?  I shard most of what we found in this post, and in Noah’s updated room reveal but one thing I haven’t shared until now is our new old entertainment center found we found for $10.

updated living room 3

Well, actually I don’t think it was an entertainment center in it’s former life but it is now.  It’s a little worn and has definitely seen better days but it’s nothing a little paint and sanding can’t take care of. I’m on the hunt for some fabric to act as a screen behind the wire on the doors and I’m still back and forth on the paint.  I would really love something light but I have plans and paint to redo all the walls in the living room to match the undertone of the silver accent wall in the dining area which leaves the color of the entertainment center still up for grabs.

dining table

It’s a super soft light blue/gray color that should lighten up the entire area.  I get happy just thinking about it.  Unfortunately, the brushes don’t paint the walls themselves so it’s just going to have to wait until after Noah’s birthday party next month at least.

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane to see what the living room used to look like.

living room 6Our armoire was  nice and functional but it was also big.  I mean huge, deep, .. and heavy. It towered over the entire living room,  looking like it was ready to pounce on anyone who dared come close to it.  ML and I had had plans to replace it for a while.  That’s why the sliders were still underneath the armoire in the picture above.

updated living room 2The new entertainment center is much more shallow.  The armoire was 24″ deep vs. the now 15″ deep entertainment center.  It’s also much shorter so it doesn’t take up as much space visually in the room either.  It’s nice to not have a huge piece of furniture competing with the mantel.  It gets the spotlight all to itself now.

I’ll admit it looks a little funny with the gallery wall behind it but someday… hopefully fairly soon we plan to relocate the gallery to the wall behind the love seat.

living room 8So what is the fate of our armoire?  It’s still up in the air.  Right now it’s still in the living room.  Looking at the picture above its in the far right corner where the screen used to be.  This is just a temporary placement until we decide its future but in the meantime it is being used to hide Noah’s dollhouse from her until her birthday.  I’ve slowly been working on it over the past couple of months and can’t wait to share it with y’all!

We like the armoire. We really do. But how practical are they now?  Now that flat screens have replaced the old tube there’s no need for a piece of furniture that deep. Televisions in the living room aren’t considered taboo anymore either. We all watch them and we all have them.  It’s ok to let the neighbors know.  Another use for an armoire is additional storage in a bedroom.  Like how we use ours in the master bedroom.  The only problem here is that we don’t need an additional armoire now and I’m not sure if we will in the future. Closets these days come with pretty adequate storage and armoires can take up some major real estate space in the bedroom.

Do you still have armoires in your house?  Have you found yourself slowly replacing them with smaller pieces of furniture?  What are other pieces of furniture that are we losing their need for?

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Slide On Over

Michael Luke and I are all about maximizing the space we have… An organized space is a larger space.  We noticed not too long ago that we were missing out on some valuable wall real estate in our living room.

Our entertainment center was really the only useful thing on this wall.  We began to make plans to incorporate our computer desk on the same wall. Not that it doesn’t work well in the nursery.  So far so good, but it might become more of a challenge when Noah starts going to sleep for the night early in the evening.  At first, I had my eye on this wall unit from Ikea.  I loved the hidden compartment for the computer and the functionality of the whole unit.

The problem was the price tag.  It’s a reasonably priced unit, but we really haven’t budgeted for a new piece.  And there are plenty of other things I would rather spend money on around the house.  I began to plan how to utilize our space with what we had.

The other week I was just laying on the couch (you know being productive) when the solution dawned on me… to angle the entertainment center in the left corner of the wall.  I mentioned the idea to Michael Luke but didn’t expect him to go for it so quickly.  He jumped on board with the idea, and the first free night he had, he rearranged the living room.

We love the new location of the entertainment center because it is at a better angle for viewing the TV from the sofa.

We have been living with this new layout for a few weeks now and really have enjoyed it.  And while we don’t plan on relocating the desk downstairs anytime soon, we have created ourselves a little reading nook.

Even though it looks really similar to how it was laid out on the opposite side of the room, we find we are using the chair more in this location.  Michael Luke has been using it for his quiet time in the mornings.  The bench is more functional in it’s new home too.  It provides a better sitting place for guests since the wall can now act as a backrest, and if we ever decide to move the desk downstairs, it will take the place of the chair and wooden screen (which is hiding all of our paint cans and return vent).

Don’t worry about the two different colored walls.  We already have plans to repaint the living room… something lighter to really open up the room.  Originally, our olive sofa was on the orange wall and our entertainment center was on the wall beside the fireplace.

(This was on moving day.)

After that, we moved the entertainment center to the orange wall, the love seat beside the fireplace, and sofa facing the sliding glass doors.  I love the sofa in this position because the view extends outside the room which makes it appear larger than it really is.

So now we are on our third furniture layout for the living room.  Which basically means while we love it now, it could easily change if we decide it might work better some other way.

So what do you think… is this new layout for the better?  Have you or do you have plans to rearrange your living room?  Or are you on your third furniture arrangement in a certain room in your house?

FYI:  ML and I have been working on a few more changes to the living room.  Nothing major but a few minor ones that are making the room even more functional.  I can’t wait to share them with you.

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