Why You Should Rearrange Your Living Room Furniture

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Faux spring flowers and greenery on a round wood table.

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned in one of my Style Scouting posts that I felt a decorating marathon coming on?

Many years ago, I gave the all consuming need to make a lot of decor changes in a short amount of time the title of a “decorating marathon“.

Stone surround around fireplace being removed

This latest decorating marathon began when I started decorating my living room for spring, even with the fireplace wall taken apart and looking pretty bad, I still wanted to freshen and lighten up the room.

I was eager to bring a new energy into the room after 2 years of keeping the comfy cozy factor of the room optimal while we were staying at home more.

rearranging a living room to redecorate it for spring.

Moving into the warmer months of the year, I still want to keep the room comfy, in my white & woodsy” style, but in a more open and airy way.

So I removed all the accessories and then wanted to rearrange the furniture. My living room is small, so there are not many furniture arranging options, but I figured I had nothing to lose, so I asked Ed if he could help me move the larger pieces. He told me he had to take a business call first.

But… when in decorating marathon mode, I was too excited to see if what I was envisioning would work and was able to move the furniture on my own.

quote about a woman moving furniture

When Ed came back into the living room after finishing his call and ready to help me, he was surprised by the changes in the room simply made by rearranging the furniture.

He said “Wow – I like it.” He never gives opinions on what I do, so I know when he says something about the projects I do, he really likes what I have done.

brick fireplace before makeover

Now that the room has a new furniture arrangement, I am starting the room’s makeover with the deconstructed fireplace. I have my paint clothes on and am ready to start working on getting it back into style.

Over the next few weeks, I will share each project in the room as I complete them. So if you enjoy seeing “use what you have decorating” and the changes that can be made using them – stay tuned.

But beware – after rearranging furniture in a room, know that it can lead to new project overload. Lots of time and effort needed, but exciting and worth it to live in a home you love.

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  1. This really speaks to me. My mom would come home from work when I was a young teen to find the living room completely rearranged. It’s in my DNA for sure.

    1. Hi Debbie – I agree it is on our DNA and a fun pastime to come up with new arrangements. I remember you even mentioning once that you do the same with your landscaping – moving things around to make it look better. XO

  2. Looking forward to seeing your living room. I’m sure it will look nice. Really enjoyed the vegan cucumber salad. Yum!

  3. Sounds a little like “If you give a mouse a cookie”…looking forward to seeing your vision

  4. So exciting Diane! (And I also move furniture by myself when the spirit leads ha!) Can’t wait to see your vision come to life.

  5. It will be fun to see the new room and what you do with your fireplace 💜. Can’t wait!!

  6. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to! I’ve wanted to paint my fireplace brick for two years but can’t make myself pull the trigger, knowing there’s no turning back.

  7. I like your “decorating marathon”—good name for it! I really giggled about you rearranging furniture while awaiting your husband…in our house whenever my hubby says he’ll be with me in just a few minutes, I’m almost always finished with the project before he gets there😉. I’m really looking forward to seeing your new fireplace finish—I’ve forgotten, why did you take down all that faux stone you put up?

    1. Hi MerriJo – Sorry for the delay in replying to your question about why we took down the AirStone fireplace. I did mention the reason in a previous post, but it came down to local building code. We used the wrong backer board and the mantel needed to be 6 inches higher. I had been wanting to change things up in the living room and when the fireplace guy told us this, I was like – let’s just remove it. The way it was constructed didn’t effect the brick wall so the wall is intact. Removing the stone surround makes the room look much larger. For the summer I am going to leave the wall pretty minimal. But am on a search to find something interesting to add to the wall.

  8. Looking forward to the fireplace makeover. My red brick fireplace with some different tints on the brick is ready for something more modern….in the way of paint. I had my husband remove the corbels which made for a high mantel, and I will have to apply some kind of plaster to fill in part of the holes that were left. Then I’m planning to either tint or paint the bricks, or perhaps a smeared plaster look. At any rate, I can’t wait to see what you do to yours!

  9. Wow! You have really got the ‘bug’. This is so fun, I’m looking forward to each step of your marathon!

  10. I am really looking forward to seeing your living room. I always love the things you do. Happy day to you.

  11. That’s funny, I almost rearranged my living room furniture last week, I got the itch to make a change. Can’t wait to see it. Have a lovely Easter & hope your grand daughter is doing well.

  12. How exciting! Can’t wait to see what you’re doing! Our living room is small too. One blank wall, one wall with a fireplace, one wall with sliders to the deck, and one opening into the kitchen. I also feel constrained with how to rearrange things. Looking for your inspiration!