This post was sponsored by the nice folks at Ballard Consignment, a giant emporium of beautiful furniture and vintage goods located in the heart of everyone's favorite neighborhood.
After all the progress we made during Amelia's second visit, I had a pretty good sense of what we needed to get and where everything would go in the house. I was not only unstuck (particularly in the living room), but pretty dang close to settling on a new arrangement - for now. And then the recliner broke. A recliner is both a pregnant woman's and a man's best friend and S and I were both sad but thankful for the opportunity to replace something with only one seat with something with two seats in our tiny living room. Yes! Now one extra person can come over to watch football!
Amelia had the idea to check Ballard Consignment for a sectional, which S was really pulling for, but instead I found this perfect loveseat which fits next to the couch in a sort of L-shape. So, sectional-ish? (Not at all, but it works in the room.)
But the loveseat is nothing compared to the coffee table. Oh, this coffee table.
We didn't necessarily need one. I am hesitant to create more surfaces because in our house surfaces collect things that should get properly put away, but I really fell in love with it and I think it ties the room together nicely.
Plus, Olive can keep tiny things in it and feel very secretive about her little stash.
So without further ado, more documentation!
It was Amelia's brilliant idea to put the old telephone table that belonged to my great aunt right by the door. Even though the new grey loveseat sort of dwarfs the black couch we already had, at exactly 5 feet it fits perfectly in front of the boxy IKEA thing everyone has, which works really nicely as an entryway table. See below.
I love the rocking chair near the fireplace. It feels like the 1920's spot in our house - rocking in the rocking chair, warming by the fire. It also sort of hides the dog bed, which, let's be real, no one wants to look at.
The telephone table had been tucked in a corner, basically just holding a lamp - but when Amelia saw it she loved it and since it's also Spartacus' favorite piece in the house, he was excited when she put it right by the front door. I put a plant on it to discourage stacking (surfaces!!!) and it looks so symmetrical and intentional sitting just underneath our sentimental Nikki McClure print.
I think one of the best things that came from all our rearranging, and, again, was all Amelia, was putting the changing table in the hallway. I know it sounds crazy. We have an awkward hallway that used to be a second open door to the kitchen but had to be covered and turned into a wall when we added a full size fridge and dishwasher to the kitchen. It's tight in there, and I had been using the wall t hold a floor to ceiling bookshelf for extra storage (all that stuff went in the garbage or the basement when we took it out). The changing table fits really well against the wall and the lower drawers of the linen cabinet can hold all the next size up clothes/extra diapers/etc. making it almost like a little baby room.
There's a lot left to do, and that's not including a huge remodel to make the entire house bigger. I'm still on the search for a hutch for the dining room and we are way overdue to replace the kitchen countertop (we're going with chopping block. What kind of sink to get and over vs. under are major points of discussion). But the living room feels so much more livable and the dining room much less cluttered. I'm so grateful to Amelia for her eye, masterful understanding of family dynamics and the spaces they use and her time and attention to my particular sticky spots and to Ballard Consignment for the beautiful furniture, pleasant shopping experience and use of their measuring tape. I highly recommend both.