Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tackling the Living Room for Fall

The first week of November is almost gone. The pumpkins were carved and discarded already. Well intentioned plans from 3 weeks ago to pull out the fall decorations for the house have not yet materialized. But TODAY IS THE DAY! Over the weekend I rearranged the furniture in the living room. It was just a matter of swapping the couch and TV/VCR bookcase but it took a bit of doing because of the mess of cords and speaker wires and all. As I looked at the living room arrangement the way it was, there was no place to put our Christmas tree come December. Might as well take care of that now when I had some time on my hands. There is still a bunch of clutter to deal with and then I will pull out my favorite decorations and enjoy some autumn beauty for a few weeks. Since I don't get any dramatic color change in the leaves outside, I'll have to settle for the silk leaf garlands and other fall reminders of home. Here are some before pictures (to shame me into making sure I finish this job today so I can post the after pictures before I head to bed tonight.)
Of course the whole thing will lack the special touch my sisters-in-law have for decorating .... but it will be a whole lot better than it is now.

Come back later for the after shots. And head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom to see what others are tackling this week.

This hutch is just crying to be decluttered to become the home for my autumn village.

The TV has moved over to a corner but the clutter, especially by the desk still needs to be addressed today.

I forgot to take a picture of the couch area when I took the other shots last week. This was an old picture but it shows the old furniture arrangement we had with the couch in front of the doors to the balcony.

THE AFTER SHOTS -- Actually the room is still a work in process. I know I have a box or two of other fall decorations, figurines, etc. but I can't get to the box right now. So this is as far as I can go and it may be all I do. Except, there are some serving dishes and table decorations in the boxes that I will probably want for Thanksgiving day. I am pleased with the changes and motivated to attack a few other areas in our home, to see if I can get them ready for the holidays as well.

This set of houses (that have lights inside them) are just inexpensive ones from a local drug store back in Michigan but they always make me smile when I see them. I love how they look all lit up with the room lights turned off.

I came home from an errand and my dear hubby had moved the table (rotated it 90 degrees) and I love how much nicer the dining area feels now. He also set the table and had dinner ready to go. (Of course, it helped immensely that I had the stew in the crockpot.)

I have more fall decorations in a box somewhere and I may even dig out some of my fall Boyd's figurines to put on my new shelf that we bought this past summer on my anniversary trip. For now, at least the shelf and desktop are uncluttered.

The new location of the couch has not changed it's comfort level in the least.


kate said...

Wow, you've chosen a big job for today. I'm sure it'll look great when you've finished.

tegdirb92 said...

wow, big job for today but that is a beautiful cabinet!! Good luck and I will be back for pictures :)

Beckaboo said...


Blessings! :o)