I know you’re all dying to know what we decided to do with our living room after I asked for advice! We ended up going in a direction that we said we would never do.

We made the room more about the kids, and gave them more space.

We must really really love our kids and their creative play time… that’s all I have to say!

Fynn got a table and chair set from his grandparents for his birthday, so we also needed to consider where to put those in the grand scheme of things. Once we realized that we could tuck away the entertainment center perfectly into a corner… the rest kind of worked itself out. While I think the room still looks too square with every piece of furniture flat against a wall, I keep telling myself the room will look completely different with our Christmas tree where the floor lamp is in a few weeks. And then after we take the tree down we might put the couch kitty corner with the floor lamp behind it. Just a thought…

Here’s how it looks now:

I’d really like to still take more of your advice and get a huge canvas and let the kids go to town on it, then hang it on this wall. Plus some fabric around the slider would make pull it together more like a few of you said.

The focus is more on the kids, and less on the missing tv, so that’s a bonus! They’re really enjoying the “new” space.

So, ultimately it’s still a work in progress, but we’re getting there. Thanks for all the comments the other day and all the input!



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6 responses to “Progress

  1. liz

    looks great! and there is nothing wrong with making your living room kid-centric…i think more living rooms should be focused on living and less focused on watching. 😉

  2. liz

    ps–another tip (sorry can’t hold it in) remember that you have the option of hanging art/photos at the kids’ level. not only do they get to look at it and appreciate it, it looks nice as well! you can use heavy-duty double sided adhesive to hold the frames in place or actually screw the frames to the wall. my thoughts are along the lines of a family photo/their artwork hung right over their table or next to the toy holder?

  3. I love Liz’s comment that living rooms should be more about LIVING than about WATCHING! That’s just the way to look at it. Now the emphasis isn’t on the “empty” entertainment center, it’s on your family and the things you do together. I also like the idea of putting artwork & family photos down lower on the wall, at your children’s eye-level. I want to do that here…but haven’t figured out a way to do that so Sean doesn’t tear them from the wall (or attempt to use them to scale up the wall!) If you do try that, let me know how you pull it off!

  4. For whatever reason, it wouldn’t let me comment on that day, but it looks like most of my suggestions were made by others. You did a great job on the room! 🙂

  5. I love the changes you’ve made so far! As I am still coming to terms with, during this stage of life with young children, fun and functional is the most important thing. You’ve created a space for Fynn and Paige to play, and a space that you will get lots of use out of. I love Fynn’s new table and the toy storage shelving!

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