I want to share my ideas with you and I welcome any input or inspiration you have.
When my husband took the job as Fire Chief up this way about 5 years ago and we also became empty nesters, we down sized our home and bought this smaller cottage ranch when we had to move North for the hubby's new job. This house did not have a formal dining room and it had a family room and living room. We hardly ever used the living room so I decided to make the living room into my formal dining room. I have to say that was a great thing because I have so much room when I have family and friends over for holiday and parties.
My family room was a beautiful addition the previous owners put on the back of the house. I have loved this room as it houses my office and my family room. Very sunny and bright. The problem with the family room is the layout. Only one way to put my sectional and TV. I would love to have a little more seating since this is the only seating we have with not having a living room anymore.
So my brainstorming idea is to flip flop the family room and dining room. I still would have plenty of room for my dining room in the back and actually the room would work better as a dining area. It will be right off the kitchen so I could see my guests as I am preparing food etc. The living room that is now my dining room is wider and bigger so I could add additional seating.
My hubby is so good about all my reno projects and jumps in to help me make these things happen so I really would love to get him a special recliner to relax and enjoy his tv viewing in. Flip flopping the rooms would give me the opportunity to have more seating. He really is a trooper with all my cottage chic decor and doesn't mind all the white, creams and ruffles found in my home. So I would love to give him a nice comfy chair of his own.
The misson (if I choose to accept!!!) will be to find a nice recliner that will fit with my cottage decor!!!! Ha Ha and still stay masculine for him. Misson Impossible maybe not we will see!!!!!
Here are some pictures of my rooms now and I will keep you posted on my journey to change things around and redo the rooms. Any one in the Chicagoland area is welcome to come over and help!!!!!
|Here is a picture of my dining area that use to be my living room.|
|This is the back of the family room.|
|This is the family room as you can see the only space for seating is taken up by the sectional. No room for a hubby chair!!!|