Tuesday, October 12, 2010

coffee + magazines = rearranging



Saturday morning was the perfect combination (or storm) of coffee, a pumpkin muffin (or maybe two), and magazines (Country Living British edition, Cottages & Bungalows). Let's just say that by the final bite, I had put my sneakers on and was moving furniture in the living room (again). Inspired by magazines, fueled by caffeine, or a little of both?



Things were feeling cramped. The newest change is that I pulled out the rug and am thinking that the bare floor creates a little more visual space in the small room. In a few weeks, I hope to paint the armoire with many coats of watered-down white. It will be a good sized project since the TV and all that comes with it will need to be relocated for a few days. The drawers are also loaded with CDs.

History of the living room furniture arrangements

Hope you'll stay tuned . . .

xo
elyse

43 comments:

Denise said...

Dear Elyse,I enjoyed watching you work.Boy my Dear you still have alot of energy,but I realy forget how old you are.Enjoy while you have that energy.One big reason in my married life that I dont change furniture around,is my dear husband always attaches my big furniture to the walls everytime we move-earthquakes-hehe it's always alittle funny to me.Oh yes ,I wanted to tell you that since we've down sized big time due to retirment and all.I'm loving your idea of wall paper behind that window frame. Perfect for renters.Thanks Denise

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Sounds like the same way I start my days sometimes(ok alot)LOL! I like how you have it arranged and I can't wait to see your armoire painted. I know alot of people don't like the foam mini rollers but I have to say that it saved me sooooo much time when I painted my armoire and I think it turned out better than a paint brush, of course you will still have to cut in with the brush still (;

Pink Princess said...

LOVE this new arrangement. I too am always changing my furniture around lol. Am looking into it right now. Once my shoulder is healed i will try to do it too. Need a more comfy/wintery look now :)

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

HI!! Love your color combos and I have to admit -- I do like the bare floors!

Come take a peek at my latest blog entry, I think as a fellow Cath Kidston fan you will like the fabric covered boxes I made for my daughter's room!

myletterstoemily said...

my new colorado kitchen is going to be
that shade of blue. it's fun for me to
see a room dressed in the same shade.

blessings,
lea

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Your home is so beautiful. I love the colours and tones you've used.

luckygirlgifts said...

here we go again!!
Can't wait to see the outcome.
Have a lovely day
Cari b.

Zuzu said...

I love your blue sofas, Elyse. Soooo pretty.

Magazines & pretty images really do get the juices going. But I'm really lazy today. It's snowing, 35 degrees, and I'm just stayin' in goofing on the computer. :)

Have a happy!
~ Zuzu

Sonia said...

How fun!! I love your rearrangement!!
Very inspiring!!

Hugs!!
Sonia

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Elyse,
I love how your living room turned out! I think its perfect...like you I'm always playing with ways to move my furniture around.
Your pumpkin muffins sound yummy..I love to add a little something to a box mix too.
Now you should sit down and enjoy your oh so pretty living room...
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Suz said...

Elyse, You are so funny! I love your furniture moving and seeing the new "look." On the other handm we have not moved things for years! What is our problem???
Your room looks so pretty against your background. Makes me happy! Hugs, Suz

Jill said...

I'm really liking how your room looks~ it's fun to change things around as the season changes, isn't it? I'm looking forward to seeing how your armoire turns out. I know it will be fabulous!
Hugs,
Jill

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Whatever you do, Elyse- it's pretty! My husband has broken my heart again by bringing home the biggest, ugliest computer table! Ack! I feel like I've lost hope for my new living room! :)

birdie blue said...

it looks great, elyse. i love moving things around. it keeps it fresh. i still think you should paint the armoire a lighter shade of apple green.

love that sweet little bowl of apples. i seem to have apples on my mind today, don't i?

have a lovely day.
xo
~molly

It's me said...

I like what i see !! loevly done !! great job !! happy day darling.........love Ria....

Cathy said...

Hi Elyse,

Everything looks so pretty. Love the pale blue.

I can smell pumpkin muffins from here. LOVE THEM OMG!!!!

xo Cath

Claudia said...

I think the change to the armoire will be fabulous - we have a smaller one upstairs that holds towels, etc. I've been thinking about doing the same thing. I'll let you go first!

xo
Claudia

Liberty Biberty said...

That looks so beautiful!
Love the blue!
Mercedes

Lisa said...

Looks great to me! I love your home and it is always fun to move things around!
Hugs, Lisa

koralee said...

I love your sweet home...always so cozy! Thanks for sharing...pure inspiration for me to start mixing things up in my home again! xoxo

Mary Ellen said...

Goodness that will be a project painting that armoire!! It will look lovely though. You sweet living room is just that- sweet. I would love to have a cushy set of coaches like that! Do you know I only have 1 couch in this whole huge house and that one is a very old queen anne kind of style. Not cushy!

bee blessed
mary

Alison said...

Love the way it looks! I can't wait to see how the armoire turns out! By the way, my Moo cards came today -- I don't think they are nearly as cute as yours, but boy, I think I love them!
Alison

Alyssa said...

I grabbed your button and hope you can visit Boston Bee someday. Here I am thinking that you are in a little English Cottage in a European village, and you're right in New England! You have such nice designs and I love the crisp, fresh, yet cozy look you have created in your living room. ;)Alyssa of Boston Bee

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh Elyse, hurry up and paint the armoire! teehee.. just kidding.. but seriously I can't wait to see the outcome! soon I hope!

Creative Grammie said...

Love the arrangement Elyse! I think it's simply amazing how a magazine can help get the creative juices flowing; I love magazines.
Your room looks so cheery and cozy.TFS

The Shanty Girl said...

Hi Elyse, love the bare floors and looking at the history this is the best setup for the floor plan, I do have to say that I love the inspiration cabinet you have in one of your post with the blue and white from Maria, Dreamy Whites......your armoir would look awesome like that..did you change your mind and want just white, either way would be awesome, but that picture really is eyecatching! Love your sofa's by the way they look so cozy and comfortable!

debi said...

Oh, isn't caffeine a wonderful thing? lol
I love the way you have the room arranged right now. Everything just looks so clean and cozy. (clean as in, not cluttered. i wasn't referring to your housekeeping! lol)

I love your colors! You just have such a sweet cottage home!

NanaDiana said...

Elyse, Gotta tell you- you hit the nail on the head when it comes to that caffine high! I do that all the time. I went back to your living room posts..and must tell you----YOU WIN! You have had more arrangements than I have! Love the way it looked EVERY time! hugs-Diana

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I like the couches arranged this way. It seems a bit roomier. Maybe it's because you moved the rug. It looks great though. I'm looking forward to seeing the painted armoire.
Blessings,
Marcia

jeanetteann said...

Such a pretty room, I love the colour of the couches and i think the armoire will look lovely painted.xxjeanette

Little Pink Studio said...

I think the armoire will look gorgeous painted white!
Cerri xo

Sherry from Alabama said...

What a beautiful room in which to relax. I'm anxious to see your cabinet redo because I have one the same color and was thinking about painting it.

A Ruffled Nest said...

Hi Elyse,
it seems to me that we have alot in common, I also have this need to rearrange my furniture. And the fact that we both have a Jonah, well enough said. Have a great day!
Sherrie

Kellie Collis said...

You have a very lovely home! I'm loving the wooden floors. Kellie xx

Theresa said...

Beautiful, Elyse! I love the blue and like it better without the rug:) I wish there was a different way for me to change my family room. Wanna help:)

Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Gracefully Vintage said...

Eylsa, Your home is just darling I love it, ANd I did not know there was a Brittsh Country Homes, where do i get that. I WOULD love to read that or look at the pictures i should say..

Karryann

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

It looks great. But then again I like everything you do!

Toque de Arte Ateliê said...

That looks so beautiful!
Love the blue!
Iray

T's Daily Treasures said...

My family will tell you that I don't need coffee or magazines to rearrange. But when I get the itch, I make it happen, no matter what! My husband has come home many an afternoon to find the living room turned upside down. But I always put it right side up before turning in for the nite and then I can rest easy for a month or so before doing it all over again. :) I have many pieces to paint, too, but that I can't seem to get motivated to do. Maybe a pumpkin muffin would help. Hope you are having a great day! Tammy

Scrap for Joy said...

I hope you have some of those furniture slider thingys to go under your big pieces...makes it way easier to change things around. I used to change our family room several times a year but then the big screen TV moved in and it limits where things can go....very frustrating. Now I just move lamps, pillows and art around in there. I can't wait to see your armoire painted...bet that will make your room look larger and brighter, too. Have fun!
xoxo
Joyce

Brenda Kula said...

I will stay tuned! Because I just love to see what others come up with when it comes to their furniture arrangement. I'm one of those people who loves to drive past and peer into lit windows to see how cozy their home is. I think we're all a bit like that, don't you?
Brenda

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

elyse, I adore this room! Just my style! ;)I can't wait to see the armoire painted. I love the bowl of apples, just the right splash of red. Thanks for visiting... I always love a visit from a fonz fan!!!!! :)

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

btw... i just looked at your history of rearranging... this is by far my fav! ;)