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We spend a lot of time in the Living Room. My goal for the space is to give my family a comfortable, cheerful, and peaceful place. I also want all of my guests to feel that when they come in too. Welcome!
This yellow table is a raw IKEA piece that I finished last year in yellow. I love how yellow can exude softness and cheerfulness at the same time. You’ll also notice a bucket of toys on the table. That is where I keep the toys downstairs for my little guy. There aren’t specific toys I keep in it, I just keep whatever toys he brings downstairs in it. Then, when it fills up … I take the bucket upstairs and put everything away. Just a simple little system, but it does wonders for his sanity and mine.
Last week I showed you my dining room; this is the view on how those rooms connect. It is an open concept, but not totally open. The living room is surrounded by rooms as it sits in the middle of the house. Because of the busy-ness all around, I keep the furniture in the room pretty simple. Notice I don’t have end tables or coffee tables. I’m not a huge fan because they just seem to become junk collectors and do more harm than good. I think there are setups that work really well for them, but I prefer this living room sans couch-tables.
This view always looks so peaceful while the preschooler is napping and the big kids are at school. About 30 minutes after I took this picture, this view was full of little girls getting a snack.
The big soft sectional is where my kids crash their tired little bodies after long days at school. My favorite things to do on non-preschool mornings is to watch an episode of Mickey Mouse with my little guy (who just turned three this month), because he’ll let me snuggle him for the entire episode.
The kid’s DVDs are hiding in this cabinet which is conveniently next to the tv.
I did some major decluttering in here. I got rid of the back of my entertainment center! I will end up changing the decorations around on this wall, but for now I’m just enjoying the negative space.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of my living room!