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.

record plater gentleman's wardrobe

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.

bookshelf by the window

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.

littl folk sofa

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 …

bit of 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.

Such contentment.


a little bit of a rearrange

9 thoughts on “a little bit of a rearrange

  • May 29, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I couldn’t agree more – I love a good shifting of things….and by the way your things are all so lovely.

    • May 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thanks Karen! All of the furniture in the front room – apart from 2 Ikea bookcases – is hard rubbish that we have restored. It’s my favourite way to shop for furniture :-)

  • May 29, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Isn’t it amazing how everything old becomes new again simply by putting it in a new place? Everything looks lovely!

    • May 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thankyou! I completely agree – it makes me feel new too :-)

  • May 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Your home looks so cosy and welcoming. I lvoe homes that have books out, interesting furniture and pieces that reveal a little about their owners. One question for you – is that a jar of knitting needles with balls of wool attached?

    Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  • May 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Hi Lily, I have a couple of hours this morning to myself and I’m actually reorganising things too. There is one in our home who would agree with Julian, however I love to look around at fresh room scenery and yes it does make for contentment as well. I am also letting go of a few things. Hard to do but I keep telling myself I’m really blessing someone else and that makes it easier. And goulash! now that sound delish.
    Blessings Gail

  • May 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely post, Lily…….full of warmth, family, cosiness and contentment………enjoy your newly aranged winters nest.
    Kim x

  • May 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I love a good rearrange! Problem is there is only 2 ways my furniture can possibly go…and it really doesnt switch things up too much!! I am over my dreams of a new home…SO, I just try to switch out the decor seasonally to perk things up!

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