We are on day 4 of our family's two week self-quarantine. Today is the first day we have had sunshine during our hibernation and it makes such a difference in the mood! With all the rain we've had, the grass is turning a lush green color and little green buds on our patio tree are pushing out in search of warmth and sunshine. Green is such a hopeful color and symbolizes growth, harmony, and freshness. It is also said that green has emotional ties to a general feeling of safety. Maybe that is why seeing the fresh green outside is so comforting and why I want to bring that gorgeous color indoors!
Because I am confined to my house at the moment, I have had time to contemplate and act upon doing a little rearranging in our family room. We have had the basic arrangement for about 8 years, but the sitting area in question is very small and somewhat limited due to the placement of the television. Sound familiar?
We decided to flip the arrangement of the couch and chairs with the blessing of my husband who is trying to be a good sport. (You know how most men are about their special game watching chairs!) We were able to actually try our new arrangement out last night for some movie watching, and I think it's going to work! It's a bit odd, as you will see in the pictures, because putting the sofa in front of the window is very uncentered, but I think I've found a way around that. By off-setting the odd spacing with a tabletop arrangement on a very skinny sofa table behind the couch, I have been able to redirect the focal attention to where I want it and away from the problem of looking unbalanced!
I added a beautiful green vinyl rug (with 4 dogs in the house, a vinyl rug is such a blessing and is my only option) in a very traditional pattern to anchor the arrangement. Bringing up some of my spring and summer pillows completed the vignette and tied everything together.
Green is also the perfect foil to another one of my favorite hopeful colors, yellow. I am so in love with the yellow patterned pillows on the sofa! My daughter spied the fabric as a remnant at a Goodwill store in Phoenix, Arizona last March. It was love at first sight! (She knows me well) I brought our treasured score back, and had a friend make pillows with it using a remnant of another one of my favorite patterns, black & white check, as a flange border. They are perfect and make me feel happy every time I see them!
I can't wait until it's warm enough to be able to open the doors and listen to the birds sing. Today, we are one step closer to spring, one step closer to the end of a quarantine period, and one step closer to researchers finding an immunization to end the nasty plague that is wreaking havoc upon our local, national, and medical community.
We are also one step closer to our families and to the rest of our community as we pull together.
Step. By. Step.