Thursday, July 15, 2010


I am notorious for rearranging the furniture in my house. I guess it's a hobby. I'm not quite sure. The thing is, when I move into a house, I just put things in places, without thinking too much about how they are arranged. To me, it's too overwhelming on move day to sit and think about how a room will be used and the most functional, yet elegant, way to position furniture.

So then, I live in a place for a while. I clean a place for a while. And, I determine the most appropriate (visually and functionally) way to place items.

Exhibit A:
This is our bedroom. I hated the arrangement from the day we moved in. The room is kind of long and skinny, and it has that angled wall, which is a force to be reckoned with. Our bed is actually a poster bed, but the posts won't fit. I always kind of felt like we were crammed between the door and the wall, and it just felt stressful. There was only room for one bedside table, so we could only have one lamp. Yada. Yada. Yada. It was bad. I kept telling Brian, "I hate our bedroom." Once I painted the walls, it made it feel a bit more airy. But still, I had a strong dislike for it. And, I'm a person who needs to love the space where she lives.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I did this:
Much better, right? There is an oversized chair and ottoman to the right (where the bed used to be). Now, instead of feeling cramped against the wall and ceiling, I am able to look out into a spacious room. I'm telling you, the feeling of a room is very important to my mental health :). And, you know by now that it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to take pictures without dogs present. Wherever I go, they go. If I'm upstairs, they are right under my feet. And, the second I go downstairs, if only to grab a drink, they are right there with me. Wally sprawls out, in all of his 130 pound glory, right in the middle of the kitchen when I'm trying to cook. That was a long explanation of this photo. Sorry :(

Okay, now on to rearrangement Number 2 - the Living Room.

When we got the furniture, we put it like this:
I quickly realized that I didn't care for this, at all. And, I immediately knew that I needed more furniture. And, obviously, the rug was entirely too small. It was a hit, and a big, fat MISS! It's so hard to pull a room together when you are in a furniture store.

The chairs were constantly being knocked around, and moved out of place. It drove me batty. Yes, I have a mild case of anal retention.

About a month or so ago, I rearranged the room to look like this:

(Do you ever have trouble with words not showing up when you hit "Publish Post"? These orange words were not showing up before I changed them to orange. I'm confused.)

I added two cheapo deapo side tables, one of which I still need to refinish because it was $3 at a second-hand store. I also added a cheap IKEA chair that we already had and my in-law's hand-me-down area rug. Thank goodness for other people's castaways!
So, there you have it. That's the latest in my life. Well, sort of. I remembered this morning that I needed to get my camera out again. You see, I put it away in the hall closet, and then it seems like so much work to go get it. It's not, but it seems that way. I need to just leave that baby out, so that I take more pictures.

Sorry for rambling. Have a lovely day!

EDIT: And one more thing.

I just wrapped up my Bible study for this morning, and I had to share this little nugget of truth from God's living word.

Okay, in John 6:11 Jesus is miraculously feeding the 5000 with a few measly loaves and fish. Today, something new came to the surface when I read this.

Verse 11 says, "Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish."

Stick with me here. Did you catch Jesus' first action? He took the loaves. He took an inventory of what he already had.

Then, he gave thanks. He praised God for what he had ALREADY done.

But, I think the meat is in the next part. He "distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted." Jesus was fully aware of what he had. He knew there weren't enough. But the action of moving forward (by dispersing loaves) shows his expectation of a miracle.

This has HUGE implications for our life, people! This is a pattern for us to follow.

1. Take a look at God's blessings in your life. Recognize what you ALREADY have.
2. Praise God for them. Show Him your honest to goodness gratefulness.
3. Move forward in anticipation of His miraculous, supernatural work in your life.

Jesus knew the pieces didn't all fit together when He started passing out lunch that day. But, he EXPECTED God to come through for Him. And you know what? He did.

Thank you, God, for the truth of your word.


A Compassionate Calling said...

Oh my goodness I absolutely love your living room furniture. Where did you find it?

Amber said...

It's amazing what a little rearranging can do! Everything looks wonderful.
And, thank you for sharing what the Lord showed you through His Word. What an encourgement you are to us all!

Erin said...

I love cadi-cornered (sp?) furniture! Looks great!

one of nettie's girls said...

The bedroom looks so great with the bed in the new position. It is amazing how much difference furniture placement makes in how a room feels. You just might have inspired me to do some moving around.

Amy said...

We are SO the same!! I love rearranging..and would have totally been the same way about the bedroom, one nightstand thing....I like SPACE!! LOVE the new arrangment, and the LR too!! I like things at angles...but you are right sometimes it takes living in a space to get the arrangment with something you love! Great job!!

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Callie said...

I love how you rearranged your bedroom and living room! It looks great. I need your help with my house . . .
Great point about the loaves and fish too - I hadn't thought about it like that before.