I’m thinking third time’s the charm, right? We’ve lived in our house now a couple of years now but our living room has gone through several various arrangements (you can see one and two variations). I love rearranging furniture, but there was something always a little off about the living room arrangement for me – something to do with it’s irregular shape (it’s on the skinny and long side), and not having a solid wall upon which to anchor the space (all the walls either have windows, doorways, or a fireplace).
And so, we took another stab at reconfiguring this space.
(bookshelves going up!)
We put in some built-in bookshelves, which was a good move. A very good move. Made the room look wider, grander. Also gave us some space to add in some charming personality with our books and meaningful trinkets.
Totally love how they turned out. Also totally love that the the built-ins we originally put in the dining room
to hold books can now hold dining room stuff, and not books.
(Love how you can see True’s construction paper hearts in the adjacent room)
Another big move we made (besides scoring a chevron rug on overstock.com) was to get rid of our one big couch and replace it with two small loveseats. Best move ever. It allowed us to anchor the room with the couches instead of a wall and it also allowed the room to be what it really wanted to be: sort of skinny and long. Result? LOVE!
I had a super fun time making this wall of art. I’m not a big fan of planning it all out to precision. Rather, I attack it like a painting: just start hammering stuff up until if feels/looks just about right. Really happy with how it all turned out.
Toddler True loves it too. Turns out the chevron patterns on the rug are prefect pretend roadways and train tracks. And the skinny coffee table is a perfect pretend bridge or pretend horse or another racetrack and on and on.
I deeply believe in creating home spaces that inspire us, that lift us up, that remind us of who we are and the life we’ve built. Beauty matters
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Hi, I’m Kelly Rae Roberts! Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my whispers and started playing with paint, and everything changed.
I’m now a full-time artist, author, and Possibilitarian who helps women explore their creativity, nourish their souls, and build thriving creative businesses.
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