Monday, April 08, 2013

seasonal furniture arrangements

Good morning, friends!  Did you have a warm weekend?  The weather here was quite nearly perfect and it finally felt like it might be spring. 
As a result of all the warmth, I got bold and packed away our down comforter.  Only time will tell if that was a wise move. 
We also moved the furniture in our family room to its warm weather arrangement.  The above picture is what it looks like right now.  Have I ever told you about how we switch our furniture around with the seasons? 
When I think about a smart design for any room, the two most important things are seating and focal points.  We move the seating elements in our family room at two different times in the year in order to enjoy different focal points. 
One move happens in early December when we decorate for Christmas.  Obviously, we want to be able to look at the tree.  And the fireplace.  So we place the tree next to the fireplace and place the large sofa directly facing these two things.  The love seat goes on the wall next to the tree so that the two sofas form an "L" shape. 
This is another view of the winter arrangement.  After the tree comes down, we still want to be able to see the fireplace and the TV.  We watch more movies in the winter than in the warmer months.  Having the larger seating piece facing the things we most want to be looking at means that we're never craning our neck for a better view. 
In the winter, I don't worry so much about seeing out the windows.  There are no leaves on the trees, so we can see into several neighbor's yards.  The grass is not very green.  There are no flowers to enjoy. 
But once spring is here, we move the large sofa so that it faces the wall of windows.  That way, we can enjoy the pear trees in bloom and all the other lovely blooms.  We place the love seat facing the sofa, which is great for conversation.  I also think we have more visitors in the warm months, so it makes sense for us to have the furniture placed for optimal socialization. 

As you can see from this picture of our Kentucky Derby party last year, the warm weather arrangement is not ideal for TV watching.  But, as we don't watch TV very often, it's not usually a problem. 

Right now, the family room is the only room in the house that we regularly move the furniture in, but I wish we could do it in more rooms!  I think it's so much fun to have a change around the house and not get stuck in a rut with how things are arranged. 

Mondays always make me feel optimistic about accomplishing everything on my list for the week- I'm off now to get started!

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