Back when we were on vacation, Mike said I had a good idea. You had to be there, but he was surprised that I came up with what I did and I think he was really impressed. yay for me!
so here is my good idea:
when we initially bought the house, I had thought about making the formal dining room a sitting/reading room instead. But since our current dining table is a tad big for other parts of the great room, we just stuck it in the dining room when we moved in. After hosting several parties and just hanging out in general, we realized that no one really sat at the dining table. We seemed to congregate primarily in the great room, sitting on the couches and the floor or around the island.
Last night we decided to move some furniture around. The dining table came out of the dining room, and our second couch went in. The dining table found a new home in the great room, where we eventually want to replace it with one of those bench style dining sets. I hope this would encourage us to sit down around a table for meals rather than scatter around the room like leaves in the wind.
my plan for the new sitting area is still a work in progress, but I'll probably move the area rug in there and have some sort of coffee table as well. I really like the idea of using a trunk like she did, but I'm still thinking about that. I've been wanting to hang photos on the walls for a long time now, but haven't gotten around to picking my favorite ones. There's a big blank wall in the sitting room, and that's where I want to create a "gallery".
I like how plants bring a breath of fresh air to a room (see the one we have on the table? We've managed to keep that one alive!), so I'd like have some in there as well. I'm feeling the itch to go knick-knack shopping, but I'm sure Mike will be telling me I need to clean up all the knick-knacks in the craft room first. I know all the knick-knacks thrown around here and there are driving him a bit nutty, and he has already designated the clean-up-your-crap-in-the-craft-room extravaganza to be this weekend.
looks like it's going to be a ton of fun!!