Slaying a Sacred Decorating Cow
You get the picture, lol.
Have you been there, done that?
Well, that's been the scene in our small main floor tv room/den over the past 36 hours.
If you've been following along here, you might remember that we've been finishing off our basement which means that a lot of furniture is getting moved around here.
- Room A (the "Living Room") is getting new furniture which is being delivered today!
- Room B (a small main floor TV room/den) is getting Room A's hand me down furniture.
- Room C (the new large TV room in the basement) is getting Room B's. Have I thoroughly confused you yet? Sorry. Now you are just as confused as me!
First off, you need to know that Room B is pretty small. It has two-story cathedral ceilings which makes it feel a little larger, but dimension-wise, it's pretty teeny weeny at about 12x14. Despite that obstacle, I was
No matter what arrangement I tried, the open doors of my armoire hit a chair. The only place you could actually view the TV was from the sofa. I don't know about you, but five of us huddled on a sofa watching a movie doesn't sound like it'd be much fun after 5 minutes.
Exhausted and peeved, I sat in one of the beastly chairs to collect my thoughts.
- Option A: Buy new furniture for Room B. No, hubby would never go for it.
- Option B: Use new furniture intended for Room A in here. Forget it; not at all what I'd envisioned for either space.
- Option C came from a little voice in my head that I was trying to drown out. It whispered, "Mooooove the armoire out of this room. Mooooove the armoire out of this room. Mooooove the armoire out of this room." :-)
|Pic taken last Christmas.|
I love my armoire, and it's the newest piece of furniture in the room, purchased at Pier One 2 years ago. I am not a fan of seeing TV equipment when you don't have to, so I love having the option of closing the doors.
As I'm arguing with myself, I had a perfect sight-line to the front porch where a new console table purchased at Christmas-time (also from Pier One) was sitting. It caught my attention. Hmmmmm. Maybe. Just maybe that might work. Well, I thought, I guess I can try it just to rule it out.
So after some pushing and pulling and carrying and grunting, I managed to move the big armoire out of the den by myself, and bring in the console table from the porch. I disconnected all that electrical "stuff", and then plugged it all back in again. (She pats own shoulder). All the while, I was hoping it wouldn't fit properly.
I couldn't believe my eyes, it actually looked OK. Not "armoire OK", but OK. I actually was starting to like it. The best part: being able to see the TV from any angle, and any seat in the room.
What I learned from this (exhausting) experience is that sometimes you have to be able to slay some sacred cows in order to create a great space. My sacred 'decorating' cow in this case was my stubborn belief that TV equipment should be behind closed doors. But once I let go of that, and tried something new, I ended up creating a space that was not only pretty, but functional too.
After all, what kind of room is it, if it doesn't 'work'?
Until next time, happy decorating.
Labels: Decorating Dilemmas