Thursday, February 16, 2023

"You Rearranged The Furniture"

Hi, Friends,
How are you? I hope you are well. 
We had our East Texas friends over for dinner the other night. Every time they come by, the living room is arranged a different way. 
It's a bit of an odd shaped room which is par for the course for the living areas in all of our houses except our first house. The living room in East Texas has a walkway right through the corner of it. Additionally, there is no designated entry which annoys Bill a little bit. 
He wondered if we could build a pony wall. Hello? We are not incorporating a design element from the 60s - not gonna happen. 

January is my time to evaluate needs and wants for the year. A rug for E.T. was on that list. 
The new rug was to replace a gray and drab IKEA gray rug that was from the "city" house. 

I like Magnolia Home Rugs by Loloi. Living Spaces had the Janey Rug in Natural/Indigo. 
 Joanna's rugs have a vintage look, which I love! They are also fairly affordable and the quality is good.
 I forgot to get a rug pad when I bought the rug but I put it down anyway. I had to see how it looked. The indigo reads black/dark gray which works for the house. 
There are spots of olive which works with the sofa and recliner. 

I decided to "play" with the furniture layout as we were putting down the rug pad. I hoped to create the feel of an entryway. 

How would it look to float the little white couch? 
We pushed the furniture around just to see. 

We liked it enough to swap the dry sink for the black buffet. This move further created an entryway feel as it created a spot to put keys or mail. All this is an illusion because we don't use the front door. The back door is the preferred entry for this house because of the driveway and carport.  

Caroline's two escape attempts were through the front door. She still wants to escape even though we tell her she'd be eaten by ferrel hogs. Somehow this hasn't deterred her determination.  

The new seating worked well for conversation with our friends. 
The "You rearranged the furniture!" comment led to the title for this blog post. 

We just need one more drink table to make the space completely functional. 

I love the little oak chest under the window. It feels much more open and a bit brighter this way.  

I adore the wall with the buffet and black key box. The buffet came from the city. The key box was an estate sale find. 
We put the green recliner next to the fireplace. 

A little Victorian table was moved over by the back door. 

This isn't my favorite but it will do for now. The internet nonsense is the main reason for my displeasure. 
I edited it out in the above photo. 

What? Internet is a modern necessity but does it have to look so bad? 
It's on my list to fix because it's not working all that well. 

The dry sink makes sense on the dining room wall. 
Bill feels that this piece makes the dining room feel roomier. I agree. 

Getting rid of the microwave over the stove was a goal for 2023. 
We've both really hated it from the get go. 

It hung too low and plastic was peeling off of the front of it. I'd hoped it would die and that would decide it for us but it became clear that it wasn't near death. I mentioned to Bill one Saturday that it was coming down in 2023. He hopped up to get it down. I credit serving him bacon and eggs for breakfast. Food is a good motivator. 

It unscrewed from the cabinet. I think there was also a French cleat, if I remember correctly. 
We are so glad to see it go. 
There were still some brick paneling scraps to patch the wall. 

Bill was unhappy with his patch job and wanted to get more "paneling" to fix it. 

I'm not sure that I am in love with the brick backsplash long term so I told him to leave it for now. 

You all know how much I love my white fixtures and finishes. I would love white marble subway tile here which is the same as our city kitchen. 

The shelf came from a neighbor's yard sale. 

A new microwave sits in the pantry. Muscle memory has kicked a few times and I've reached for the microwave which isn't there. 

 More often than not, it's cold or wet outside on the weekend so it is fun to "play" inside. That is the beauty of this place, nothing is too precious or set in stone so it's fun to change it up. 

Bill continues to plug away at work in the cabin. 

He has the walls framed and most of the electrical done. He has started working on the the plumbing for the bathroom. This has been a huge project. I'll have to do a recap of it soon. He has the lead for the design of this space but he'll bounce his ideas off of me.

There have been a few signs of spring in East Texas. 

Soon, gardening will begin. 
That is all for now. Bless you for stopping by. 


  1. Your ET place always looks great and I love seeing the improvements along the way. I hate the microwave above the stove that we have but my husband uses it constantly. Your Living Room rug is gorgeous as is the furniture layout. Happy Early Spring!!

  2. Great rug, Katie and it all looks very nice! So behind this week so I hope I haven't missed much. Between the shooting, being sick, company last week and Cork Poppers... I'm done. And way behind on everything.

  3. Love the furniture rearrangement. I like to float a sofa - it really does help create an entrance area for the front door. (Whether you use it or not;)
    Oh gosh, the microwave above the stove is a problem for me as well. Ours broke and since we had already had it repaired twice, I replaced it with a new one. The minute it went up, I thought "Why did I even do that? I hate a microwave above the stove". I'm disappointed with myself for not thinking things through better.
    I picked up a small little GE microwave at a yard sale for $10 that I had my husband fit into our kitchen bookshelves and that's the one I use. So now I just need to have that brand new microwave taken down - I will donate it to Habitat for Humanity.
    Then I will need a range hood put in and figure out the area above the stove.
    Like you said, it never ends.


  4. p.s. You're not keen on your ET backsplash? I love your brick backsplash!

  5. I would not have loved the microwave there either - my mother has that set up and hers is too high for her to clean. It gets coated with cooking grease, yuck. I like the looks of that green shelf against the brick backsplash. I use my small cast iron skillet all the time, but I store it in the oven when not in use - something to consider if you need to free the burners. Happy Spring!