Our house is arranged so the living room is actually two rooms...a front room and a walkway room through to the kitchen...connected by an archway. Each half of this area has it's own entrance from the hall.
Recently we moved our living spaces around, because I was tired of having a "walkway room". With 3 doorways, a large window, a fireplace, a build-in cupboard, and a large archway it was a completely wasted space and mess attractor.
Here are some pictures of what I've been up to for the past week and a half. I've pretty much changed everything. The furniture placement, the decor and the curtains. I do have some before pictures if anyone is interested.
First, we moved the couch in front of the archway. Dividing the two rooms. The walkway room is now our living room and the front room is the playroom...which I LOVE having. This picture is from the kitchen door...
Picture from the hall door...
Close up of the decor above the mantel... I'm sure you'll recognize some of the photographs. I just changed them to sepia and printed them with our printer on regular paper. They turned out surprisingly well.
Looking from the playroom you can see my window mistreatments. I'm pretty happy with how these turned out. It's not perfect as I didn't have quite enough fabric, but I don't think it looks too bad.
Everything in here was neutral colors before because I couldn't decide what color I wanted. I love the red. It adds so much to the rooms.
Here in the playroom I put some of Caleb's photographs that I thought the boys would like. I was right...they love them. :) I hung them fairly low at a level better for the kids. The blocks of color are just scrapbook paper in glass frames with kid friendly quotes in the centers. The brown is quoteless because the glass broke and needs to be replaced.
This new set-up, although a bit odd, is really working for us. It's amazing how much less mess is spread throughout the living room and kitchen. And the boys actually play in the playroom! They simply will not play in a closed off room. They want to be able to see us which is why the plan of them playing in their bedroom was not working.
We've moved some things around upstairs as well, but I'll save that for another post.