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January 29, 2013

Living Room- shuffled furniture and little updates!

You know how after you remove all the holiday decorating and then the room feels almost boring?  I find myself making changes every January because of it.

 I was inspired by a room I saw with a traditional layout of two chairs, coffee table and sofa staged in front of the fireplace that I liked.  I have more pieces of furniture than that so I have to 
plan it out.
Next thing I knew I was working up my newest version of the floor plan for the furniture in the living room. 
I use a room planner at the Lazy Boy website.  There are probably other versions but I find this works easily enough for me.
 I have my room saved on their planner so I can go back in and shuffle pieces around to see if it will work for me.  
It saves on the back.  
This sofa is a beast to move and I usually end up doing this by myself so I want to be sure when I start that it will work.
The red chairs rock and swivel all the way around in circle so you can turn  to talk or view the tv.  The wing backs are recliners so they have to have room to lay back.

 This is a panoramic shot I took with my iPhone.  I thought I'd show it because you can see all the way from left to right.  
As you can see there is a lot of windows in this room.  
When we created the room ('96) I had a vision of a lot of natural light, almost like a conservatory.

 Let's back up a few days.  The clock used to be in the corner where the palm tree is now.  Part of this project was to move the clock and thank goodness Dan knows how to do such things.   He removes the pendulum, but only after he sets up the internal parts and takes off the weights.


Guess who got to support this beast of a clock on angles while he adjusted the feet to level it!!  Me
I'm the official assistant....

Okay back to the present...
Up on the mantel I've been fussing around with different decorative items. 

 I brought up my lantern and then of course a faux book for it.  I filled my big oval bowl with ferns and my big wood candlestick had to be there too...

I pulled out my decorating books and saw a picture with a chest in an entryway and it had two candelabras on it...so I thought I'd give mine a try.  In the past I've only thought of them to be on my dining table.

 I put these two little dogs I got from Nell Hills next to the vase. They only resemble the real Staffordshire dogs but I like them anyway! This is the top of some built in cabinetry.

I've got a super traditional room with a traditional layout....and for now I'm loving it.  When we get the energy we plan to paint the room and I also want to do the windows differently.  
I guess I'm old fashioned with my valances so I'm planning on a more decorative rod with tall curtains.  
I'm not one to leave the floor plan the same for very long because it gives me a sense of newness.  I also like to create different pockets of interest.  

So that's my January update on
my living room.

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  1. It looks beautiful Liz. We've moved our clock a few times. I always worry. We do it the same way, removing everything, then on sliders, then I support while J adjusts the feet.

    I think I will work on the bedroom mantel today. You've inspired me.

    I need to go to Lazy Boy and try one of those layout plans. You are right, sure would save on the old back!

  2. Liz-That looks great! It really is a light, bright room and I love how all the attention goes towards the fireplace. Your mantle looks beautiful, too. The bad thing with my great room is that there is really only one layout that works right. So, I shove things around and then move them back to their original space...lol Wonderful job, Liz!!!xo Diana

  3. looks great Liz! I love the space in this room. Your mantel looks wonderful too.

  4. First...LOVE your new header! It's really slick the way it brings in elements from the blog post in such a creative way!!! Then, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang, girl!!!! You kill me with all this furniture moving!!! You must be eating your Wheaties EVERY day!!! Does Dan do the Dick VanDyke thing where he trips over the ottoman every time you change the room? :-) Ramon had a cow a couple of years ago when I moved our couch to face the fireplace rather than the television. Whaa! Whaa! Whaa! I only wanted it that way during winter, but he boo-hooed so much that I flipped it back and haven't touched it since. I almost wish we could have the TV installed over the fireplace so that everyone could win, but then I wouldn't be able to decorate the mantel. Speaking of mantels...you did a great job with your winter look up there! Mine is still bare. I'll have to go on the Lazy Boy site and try to use that room planner. That's a cool idea! I want to change furniture around in a couple of rooms, but need to plan carefully. Thanks for the idea!!!

  5. What a great room dear Liz..and boy! you are a mover!! I love how gorgeous everything looks and your mantel is lovely too! Thank you for your b'day wish for hubby. Big hugs,

  6. Your room looks lovely. I'm a traditional girl too. It never really goes out of style.

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  8. HI Liz! Oh, your living room is so beautiful! It's such a big room and your furniture is gorgeous! Mr. Precious always wanted a grandfather clock but he never bought one! Love it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Hi lovely lady.
    Your room looks Beautiful the way you have put it all together.. I also love your grandfather clock!! I hope you have a wonderful week with your family. I also love your new Header for your blog Linda is so sweet..
    XXOO Diane

  10. Love, love, love your new look!!! Both of them! Your new header matches your lovely home, which matches your beautiful blog!!!

  11. You have a beautiful home.
    I came visiting from Linda's and was instantly in awe with all the light those windows allow to enter and the confort that your furniture transpires.
    Lovely. Congratulation on the Blog's new Design. Suits you and is beyond elegant.

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  13. Liz,
    I love this room ... so spacious and with so many windows!! Living in a townhouse, I do not have many windows so I have many lamps!! LOL!


  14. I LOVE your living room! I love that it is so traditional looking! and cozy! your decorating is so clean!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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