I sold my living room furniture on Saturday. My couch, two chairs and ottoman — gone.
Have I already ordered new furniture for the space? Nope.
My plans for it? Nada.
And how does a consummate planner feel about that? Fabulous!
Now, there was nothing wrong with the pieces I sold. They were contemporary in style and in a neutral beige fabric. But my tastes — and life — have changed since I bought them eight years ago.
When I chose that furniture, I was looking for clean and simple — a household minimalism to counter being home full-time with kids and all the mayhem that brings about. I was in my ’30s and in my first suburban home. I really liked the armless pieces and the monochromatic look of the room in a loud and sometimes crazy home.
Fast forward eight years. I am in my mid-40s, my kids are in and nearing their teens, and my 87-year-old mother is living with us. Yes, my house still gets loud and crazy, but in a different way.
And while I am still looking to simplify, I find I am turning to more time-worn pieces, items with a bit more meaning to them, a touch of history. I still like some of my clean-lined pieces but there are a few more things here and there — a bit of our family history and a few found or rescued treasures from our holidays. I guess my home got a little more personal as I got older and our life as a family unfolded.
And so, I have no plans for my living room. I don’t know when or how I will decorate the space or what type of furniture will make its way in there. I have a feeling that one day there may be a great old coffee table, perhaps a little battered and worn, or a cushy slipcovered couch just right for book reading or a Sunday afternoon nap. Maybe.
Right now I will just enjoy the empty space. It’s a blank slate — for now — but it will evolve, just like everything else around here.
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