"Spring Cleaning" has crept up a couple months early in my home. Wanting my apartment to feel a bit less cluttered, I've slowly started to go through my place, purging unwanted and unused items while also working on some redecorating. The first room to conquer: my living room. When you walk in the front door this is the first room you see. I like a lot of the elements in the room, but want it to feel more polished and convey a cohesive overall look. It's time to ditch some old furniture that doesn't work well in the space and give the room a few upgrades and "TLC". Here are some photos and ideas of what I'd like to accomplish.
Find a new solution to hold the DVD's. This bookshelf works fine, but I really don't like that every thing in the shelves are on display. Now with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, my husband and I barely watch any of our DVD's. I plan on donating at least half of them and then creating a solution to hide and hold the rest. Maybe put them in the tv stand? Getting rid of this bookshelf will also free up some space by the couch. Maybe a nice place for an end table?
Reorganize plants. It's no secret I have a slight obsession with plants. I love having my back porch full of greenery in the summer, but when winter arrives and all the plants come inside, it can be a bit overwhelming. I think it might be time to pair down my plants, only keeping a select few.
I really like the large amber table lamp we have between our couch and chair, but I've never liked the original lampshade it came with when I found it at a thrift store. Also it takes up a bunch of room, so I'm thinking of moving it to a different room and purchasing a floor lamp instead.
A lighter colored rug, maybe new couch pillows, and curtains for all three windows (instead of just two) will be subtle changes that will make a significant change to the room.
Do you have any suggestions for my living room? I'll be back in a few weeks to show you the transformation! While you're waiting, check out the before and after of my porch makeover.