Living in the dining and dining in the living

29 08 2009

When we started to move Matt’s furniture in we realized that the configuration of the living room was going to pose a problem.  The fireplace- while nice- was placed on a wall just so that it made the only way to put a TV in the room is to mount it about the fireplace.  That would be fine if Matt didn’t already have an awesome TV stand and matching coffee table.  We tried to wrap our heads around it and I finally looked over at the dining room and said- “Lets put the living room in the dining room and the dining room in the living room.  Ironically it worked and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

the space
the space before- the circles represent the existing lighting placement in the room.
View of the old dining room- from the old living room
View of the old dining room- from the old living room
Dining Room Part I
Dining Room Part I
Dining Room Part II
Dining Room Part II
Dining Room Part III
Dining Room Part III

For lighting, we got this great plug in flower petal light at Ikea for under $30.

 $30
< $30

This one was at Lamps Plus for just under $200- I think we got the better deal at Ikea!  I bought a plug in dimmer switch for $10 and mounted it on the wall next to the other light switches.

We replaced the single spot light above the fireplace with and IKEA 5 spot light track.  The light plate in the ceiling was too small so we’ll have to install a larger plate and rehang so it is flush with the ceiling, but it will do for now.

not flush yet- but soon.
not flush yet- but soon. ps- that contraption is our digital antenna- we’re going to try to go as long as we can without cable

We still haven’t found the right light for the “was dining, now living” room.  We’re looking for a crystal chandelier that is really over the top- something without brass-silver or black tones- but really a kitschy piece.

Brass lamp needs to go!
Brass lamp needs to go!

Something like this maybe?

The space needs a little tweaking but overall it’s done. Yay! Next on the list- tackle the rest of the lighting in the house, refurbish the lockers, and replace the kitchen faucet with this piece I bought at Ikea.

just have to install it!

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