Saturday, November 20, 2010

Messy vs Lived In

I really enjoyed your comments on my last post. Most of you said that the picture I gave you regarding my "messy" room (see below) was not really messy at all, just normal life.

That surprised me. I guess my perception comes from a childhood of "the living room" being almost off limits and kept in a perfect state "in case of company coming.". As mentioned in my post, this is my living room. We also have a family/TV room. But actually we don't ever leave stuff lying around there either. (Keep in mind that we are Empty Nesters!) 

Hubs is a bit of a minimalist in decor. To him the pic above is already too busy and full of stuff. The pic below would really freak him out! ha! If I left the house with all the books, coffee etc spread out like this, he would question my sanity.

And that, my friends is why I have moved all my writing stuff into our guest room. I will now be able to walk away and leave my journals, magazines, random pieces of paper covered with writing ideas, spread out in any way I want.

Now we will see how long it takes for him to quietly and oh-so-casually close the guest room door! Ha!

Did you grow up with a Living Room that was kept perfect? 


  1. My Mom's living room is still quite perfect. But my living room is more "lived in". Love that you made the guest room your writing room!
    Catherine Denton

  2. I could leave stuff out all the time all over the place and it would still be neater and cleaner than what my Hubs grew up in! But, to answer your question, we did not have a formal living room- we had a den and a 'play room' the latter equipped with a pool table and lots of fun! Both of my grandmothers had formal living rooms though. My mother's mother used hers for Christmas gatherings and garden club/circle meetings.

    Enjoy your writing room!

  3. Yes I grew up with the "ready for company" living room. I now want that for my entire house but?? only dream of it! Your writing room is beautiful...

  4. It is called a "living room" for a reason. People live in it. Minimalist or otherwise.

    If you want a "company-ready" room, build a proper "parlor," and put doors on it.

  5. I haven't been over here in awhile - that picture you have as your header is absolutely stunning! I love it!

    And your living room looks just fine to me. ;-)


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