I've had these pictures ready and waiting to share for some time, but what with the craziness of 31 Days of Comfort Food, I haven't gotten around to it till now. When I switched out the mantels for fall we also rearranged our living room in preparation for Christmas. That is not as crazy of a jump as it sounds. I just figured since I was making a bit of a mess with the mantel, I might as well make a really big mess and redecorange.
In a few months, our Christmas tree will go in front of this window.
I am so ashamed of this filthy window. But not so ashamed that I cleaned it before taking pictures, apparently. Not to worry, it has been cleaned in the days since. And in a year or so, I'm sure I'll clean it again.
This is the view from our front hall.
It's funny how seeing a picture of a room I'm in every day can give me a totally different view of it. I realize now that there is a whole lotta red going on, what with the curtains, the afghan, and all the little extra touches of red. I like red, but sheesh!
The afghan helps to cover the back of our very worn out couch. Our couch and love-seat are in such rough shape, but they will have to do for the foreseeable future. If I could afford it, I would love to get a lovely leather couch and some cushy armchairs. And replace the carpet with hardwood, but that's another story altogether.
After years of cramming every book I owned into this one shelf, I finally edited it and just kept out some of our family favorites. It looks nicer, and it is easier to find what I'm looking for.
We've had our family computer in many different areas of our house: the kitchen, the family room, the bedroom. For now, I like it in here, even though it's a tight squeeze. I can monitor the kids' use and I can still be available to them when I'm on the computer too.
This clock hasn't worked in years, but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. I just move the hands periodically so it feels like time is passing.
Our see-through fireplace is, unfortunately, nonfunctional. We just fill it with candles and pretend there's a roaring fire.
It's been several weeks since I took these pictures and already the living room looks different. And by different, I mean much, much messier.
The window looks pretty much the same though.