First of all, I just have to tell you how much I love having the couch facing the fireplace! We have used this room more in the last two days than in the whole previous month. For two evenings in a row, we have sat in this room around the fire, instead of around the TV in the living room. That by itself is fantastic!
I’m going to show you before and after pictures. Don’t feel bad if I didn’t use your suggestions. Really, everybody had some wonderful ideas! But, this, as I said, is a seasonal arrangement; once we stop using the fireplace I’ll put it back the other way. So for now, anyway, I just wanted some fast free fixes. I’m happy to report that no money was spent!
Once again, here is the original arrangement, which will now be the warm weather layout.
And here is the new arrangement, about which I asked for advice.
Most people said go ahead and try the round coffee table since I already had it. Several people said I needed some color. I was purposely going for a neutral look in here, but agreed that a pop of color could add to the cozy factor.
Here it is now (sorry: bad nighttime photos, and ignore the piles of books in each corner).
After:I moved the drop-leaf table (not a favorite, but it’s what I have for now) to the other side of the room and moved the chair closer to the fireplace. Brought in a lamp from the other room with a red shade I hadn’t been using, which is what started the red theme. Switched the big coffee table for the smaller round one and put my red Coke crate on it. Switched the books on the mantel to red (not sold on those yet).
And, covered the broken zipper with a throw! You people are brilliant!!
After:The drop-leaf table was relocated to the empty spot under the plates. Added my little red telephone to the vignette…I haven’t been able to bring myself to list it in my etsy shop yet! Don’t know that the family photo will stay there, but it does have red in it!
I love it! It fulfills my need for cozy and looks good! So, thanks again.
Oh, and at some point we will go ahead and get a ceiling fan. This room is hot in summer, and in the winter the heat from the fireplace goes straight to the ceiling. I never did understand why they were so maligned, anyway.
Don’t forget, the party is on Tuesday! Get your project done this weekend (or if you’re me…get started!).