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Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards . . .

I've spent the past several days trying to rearrange my living room, in the hopes of magically finding enough space for the computer out there.  As opposed to in my bedroom where the kids eat chips and cookies in my bed no matter how many times I yell ask them ever so nicely not to.  It must stop!  However, as I've mentioned before, my home is a mere 1300 square feet.  And my living room is a hot mess of a space.  We have kind of a great room concept on the main floor of the house.  The living room, dining room and kitchen are all basically one room, the living room separated from the other two by a staircase that runs up to the kids bedrooms.  A staircase, open on both sides, that is smack in the middle of my living area.  We also have huge windows on almost every wall, a sliding glass door that we NEVER use, and a fireplace that we also never use.  Not once. (hello . . . Arizona here . . .)  There is no reasonable way to arrange the furniture without wasting a ton of space. 

I have a dream that some day I'll get to design my own house.  I'll have light switches and electrical outlets exactly where I want them.  In every room.  And brand new toilets that no one has ever used but us -- but that's a quirk to  post about another day.  I also dream about living in this cute little house forever and buying the house next door to use as a guest house/ extension of our living area, with a breezeway between the two.  We'll see how that one works out. 

I digress . . . the living room.  I may have it figured out.  I don't know.  Here's what I've done.  It's not ideal, but it works.  I guess.
 Ideal would be having the budget to get a new sectional, remove the fireplace and the weird little window by the front door, and move the light switches to a more logical place,  as seen here:

But maybe flipping the whole thing around.  Whatever.  I alternately love the new layout and hate it, my opinion changing almost every time I walk through the room.  I'm stressed.  So yesterday I made a delicious summery dessert to help take a load off.  Because everything is better with ice cream, right?  It was so delicious that I had another piece at 3:30 this morning when I was sitting in the middle of my hot mess of a room, entirely unable to will myself to sleep.
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Suggestions on the room?  Please?  So I can sleep tonight . . .


  1. good call on covering up the fireplace - when we moved into our house 8 years ago we had a beautiful mantle built to pretty up our ugly fireplace... in Southern Utah... I think we've used it twice - briefly.

    Our front room has an odd shape and flow to it, we had to eliminate the TV from the room entirely - but luckily have a small living room elsewhere so we could get away with it!

  2. Taylor Hughes23 July, 2010

    One quick idea... move the computer next to the stairs and pull the non-wall couch all the way to the wall. The problem would be that you wouldn't have a straight shot walkway then. We need to come see your house so I can give more constructive feedback.

  3. I like the idea of creating a separate space behind the sofa as a work area. A "room within a room" sort of idea. I like the open-ness of it.
    I have a hard family room too. You'll have to show me how to do one of these great layouts so that I can move my stuff around the easy way (on paper).
    Can't wait to see it!


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