Thank's to Karen Anne's suggestion, I took a not-so-scientific pole on facebook and have settled on this arrangement in the sitting area. There was much rejoicing from the men in the house. I've been under the wether lately and stuck at home. I'm not one to sit still long, so I've been coming up with things for them to move, scooch, hang, etc. I think they are ready for me to get better.
I like this version. I have a rug on order that I think will help tie it all together. Yes, I know I have carpet. Yes, I am aware I don't need a rug. But that carpet is not staying long term. It has been nice this winter. A far more cozy winter than at the old farmhouse, I'll give you that. But I personally think that has more to do with the walls being three bricks thick than the carpet.
What lies beneath this carpet is the question. We know from talking to the neighbors that the breakfast room has some sort of old linoleum on top of the wood floors. The Sheville addition, of course, is most likely just plywood. A wall was removed between the sitting area here and the formal dining room so the wood floors there are probably non existent or filled with who-knows-what. So until I am prepared to put new plank flooring all throughout the downstairs, I am just going to pretend the carpet isn' t there. So yes, I'm going to put a rug on it.
The calendar says it's Spring but the weather hasn't caught up. We woke up to a seven inch blanket of snow this morning. It has been a very, very long winter here in Indiana.
We've not accomplished a great deal of work on the house for various reasons. Instead we have focused our energy on just trying to get settled. It takes a while to get a feel for a place. How it lives. Or more importantly, how you live within it. With old houses there tends to be more than one possible use for any given room. So, while repainting the family room I decided to do some major rearranging.
The formal dining room is now where the family room was. It makes more sense here.
It is nice to be able to use all the table leaves and really spread out while entertaining.
I left a sitting area around the fireplace. Mainly because that furniture needed to go somewhere, but it almost seems like I planned it that way.
Or taking Karen Anne's suggestion...
The former dining room is now the breakfast room. I made a curtain for the front of the shelves to hide all my not-so-pretties.
I did purchase new chairs for this room, but otherwise everything is stuff left over from our last house.
I also have a new light fixture coming. I don't do crystals. Especially crystals that clearly don't belong in this style of house. I mean does this thing say victorian era farmhouse to you? It is going bye bye. If anyone out there thinks this thing is fabulous and has a proper home for it, please leave your address in the comment section and it will be yours in no time flat.
Because I will be replacing the crystals with this the moment it arrives.