Here is our small but cozy living room. We, like many others with ranch houses, basically have an entrance straight into our living room, but arranging the sofa with it’s back to our door created a small ‘entrance’ area of sorts, and allows for foot traffic to flow from the door to the hallway into the kitchen without going into the little seating area. A set of narrow bookshelves backs the wall behind the sofa.
Here is the view from our couch, facing the television-concealing armoire. I know a lot of people choose not to conceal their television, but I am not one of them. It works for us, and it protects our tv from the occasional basketball being thrown at it.
Here are some of my little ‘treasures’ on the living room shelves. I happen to like old and slightly worn found objects, most of which I have found for a few dollars here and there. One of my favorites is this record for perfect attendance issued to a student in West Virginia (8th grade) from 1930. Found at Goodwill.
The butterfly was found, already deceased, and given to me by my mom. I fixed a bent wing, repainted his frame and, I like to think, saved him from being thrown away.
Geode found at a thrift store, and little ammonite fossil from the gift shop of the Museum of Natural History in D.C.
A view into the hallway, and bedroom beyond. The stool in the hallway serves as our current ‘naughty bench’ right now, but it doesn’t get as much use as it used to.
A strange little collection of things in our hallway, including a favorite wooden yellow letter ‘A’, my husband’s lovely pen and ink drawings and a painting on canvas by my 3 year old son, (below, right).