A while ago I mentioned that I rearranged our living room furniture. Here is a before and after of our living and dining room area from 1L year till now.
The L-shaped couch and loveseat arrangement was driving me CRAZY, cause I hated the dead space behind the loveseat. I also hated the choppy floor lamp dividing up the "wall art" (or more accurately, just the "stuff on the wall") and the exposed outlet. But as anyone who's been in my apartment--or ANY of the Regent Village apartments, you know that you need all the light you can get!
The dining room before. I painted those little mirrors from Ikea, and they were really fun to paint, but every time I looked at them I thought "stoplight!" Also, when you walk in the house, the corner where the lamp is is the far corner of the living area, so it's what you see immediately when you walk in the apartment (well, besides the tv, but that's another story :) ). Anyway, I thought it was a bit of a visual letdown.
So after thinking about moving the furniture for like a year, I was finally inspired and not pregnant at the same time!
So I moved the bookcase out of the corner, and put the loveseat caddy corner--no more awkward L-shape! And another perk is that the caddy corner loveseat provides the perfect stash for baby stuff--you should see everything that's behind it, haha! Also, we painted a few things white, which helps lighten up the dungeon. :)
Here's a view of how it really opened things up, and how it flows into the dining room. Now there's plenty of room for Brody to play on the floor!
And now the bookcase provides a much more pleasing focal point for the room and cozies things up! It's amazing what just a little moving things around can accomplish, without spending a dime!