A little bit of a rearrange is always a good thing. At least I think so :-) Julian sometimes disagrees. He says it’s a girl thing. But with cold, wintery temperatures here to stay for the next few months at least and us soldiering on with our no-heating winter, a few small changes were in order.
And just like that the french doors between the front room and living room were closed. Personally, they’ve always annoyed me slightly. They are picturesque and all but do take up a lot of space. Space that we can readily use given all our indoor pursuits … and my delight in bringing home hard rubbish. From a warmth perspective – it means both rooms warm up much more easily – all that body warmth making a smaller enclosed space positively cosy.
So, in the living room, the sofa was pushed back against the closed doors, instantly making the living room so roomy and light, and adding plenty of floor space for Abby to stretch out. And in the front room, the record player occupies the other side of the glass, low enough not to be overwhelming or block the light that pours in from our front windows.
The craft and games cupboard has come in from the hallway and now sits cosy in the corner, her beautiful wood glowing richly. The bookshelf has changed walls, giving us a fresh chance to peruse its shelves and rediscover old favourites – amazing how a simple move does that. The singer sewing cabinet has moved into the hallway where it is so much lighter and prettier by the front door. I even found a lamp to sit atop it – now I just need a nice long extension cord. Our old home is very short on powerpoints.
The white armchairs have moved into the centre – sitting squarely opposite the sofa. I like the geometric look – and the move away from the window stops Fu from leaping onto one where she stands up on her back legs and spies on the neighbours and passerbys.
And in between emptying and moving and refilling – moving the games and craft cupboard and bookshelf is certainly a time consuming task – there was a little time for this …
… as well as time for giving everything a much needed dust with a beautiful juniper scented furniture polish, the baking of shortbread (to match the new novel Abby and I are reading together each evening), the slow cooking of goulash for a post babysitting supper, and the sharing of piping hot cups of tea with my girl who was home early from school today.