A Decade of Changes In Our Living Room February 1, 2012

Thanks to those wonderful little furniture moving pads, that I discovered as a home stager, I can make my living room sofa do a three-sixty, in nothing flat! So over the years, I’ve tried lots of variations, without measurable success.

Early on, I had a slipcovered sofa (using my favorite painter’s drop cloths), carpeting…pretty simple.

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Then, I discovered a true love for draperies. These were made to order. They’re nice and heavy and hang beautifully from some wonderfully simple oil rubbed bronze rods. At this point, we had purchased a new Lee Industries sofa in a beautiful silk velvet, on one of our trips to NYC. (I’d still rather sit on the much less expensive sofa in the family room. Go figure!)

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Then, I got the idea that it would be better to flip the sofa, so you could see the back yard, sitting on it.

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By this time, we had ripped out the carpet and installed hard wood flooring…which makes doing the three-sixties even easier! The only problem, was that I overlooked putting electrical outlets in the floor. So, there were no reading lights behind the sofa, making this arrangement a short lived option, even though I think it was the prettiest.

The room was getting pretty formal, especially when I brought in my parents’ wild lamps from the sixties!

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So, my current motivation is to make the room more casual/user friendly. I sold that sweet gold and glass coffee table and brought in my Craig’s List old trunk, for a coffee table. The carousel horse heads off to Veranda this weekend! It’s a more casual look, but I’m not completely sold.

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I also brought in the antique English bench and pillows I love, from the San Francisco condo recently sold. Then, I borrowed the leopard print chair from the family room and it looks pretty sweet!

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Still, after all this, no one sits in the living room! Where have I gone wrong? Stay tuned for this and other drama, on As The Furniture Turns!

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4 Comments

  1. Jane on February 2, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Great post…great having these photos to see the changes over time.

  2. kim on February 2, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I love your living room. We did have one floor outlet put in, but wish I had more. They can be added, but no telling what that costs.

  3. amy kontir on February 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

    omg! love your parents’ lamp! did it survive the 360 change? the leopard print chair is not too shabby, either!

    • Barbara Bussey on February 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Thanks, Amy! The over-the-top lamps are now sitting pretty in the dining room. Another barely used room!

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