Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

I swapped my living room and dining room.

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » DU Groups » Home & Family » DIY & Home Improvement Group Donate to DU
 
wildeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-06-07 08:00 PM
Original message
I swapped my living room and dining room.
Turned the too small dining room into a cozy den off the kitchen and made the large, rarely used living room into a dining room that can seat 10+. I am sitting in my adorable little den right now and loving it! It's like having a new addition, but without any of the cost, mess or hard work. :woohoo: :)

Big question is why it took me four years to think of it. :crazy:
Refresh | 0 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-06-07 08:47 PM
Response to Original message
1. I've had that happen when you wonder what took you so long to see another
way of arranging furniture or pictures on the wall, etc. I think that's why I like those shows on HGTV where a designer comes in and rearranges a room, spending no money whatsoever, but completely changing the feel. You were lucky enough to see it without having to pay someone! :)
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
wildeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-07-07 08:35 AM
Response to Reply #1
4. My neighbor has her house set up in a similar fashion to what mine is now.
Same builder, similar layouts, so I cribbed from her :)
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-06-07 11:27 PM
Response to Original message
2. this cozy space?? great idea!!
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
wildeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-07-07 08:34 AM
Response to Reply #2
3. No, another one ;-)
I put a kitchen table in *that* cozy space. The rug is upstairs in my son's room. The dog hair and dirt tracked in from outside was too much for a light colored rug, and we needed a larger area for the family to eat since we never did use the dining room, even though it was right there :shrug:

So we still didn't have a den area since the planned den area didn't pan out. So I took the formal dining room, made that into a den. We used the formal living room maybe three times a year. Complete waste of space. So that has the dining furniture now. I doubt we will use it much, but when I do I will be able to seat many, many guests :) I bet I become a freakin' social butterfly :rofl:

I will try to post photos later to fully illustrate the fabulousness of the change.

My house is large (too large actually), but the common rooms are small and the flow is chopped up. I am always struggling to make the layout work for a modern family. Think I might have finally hit on a winner :)
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 11:42 AM
Response to Reply #3
5. Formal living rooms are overrated, IMO
It's much better to have an extra small bedroom where you can confine the kids and their toys and messes and having the main living space be the main living space with few enough toys scattered about that visitors won't break their necks on the way to the sofa.

I actually prefer living without formality and using my favorite line from "Roseanne," "Sorry about the mess but we live here."
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
wildeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 09:37 AM
Response to Reply #5
6. Yep.
People don't live that way anymore. At least we don't. Everyone hangs in the kitchen when we entertain.

And I figured out the toy problem. I got rid of most of them. Kids didn't play with them except to make a huge mess and never even noticed that I got rid of at least half one day while they were at summer camp }(



When we moved here, my son was still really little, I was getting no sleep and I fully lost my mind over the 04 elections. I was on auto-pilot and put the furniture where it was "supposed" to go. Now I am seeing there are far better ways of using the space. Give me another 5 years or so, and I will have this house finished!

For what it is worth, the kitchen project is holding up. I still *love* that space :)
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Nov 27th 2014, 10:36 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » DU Groups » Home & Family » DIY & Home Improvement Group Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC