i grew up in a house that was often rearranged. every few weeks, my mom would pile us on the couch and let us "go for a ride" as she pushed it into a new corner, with the coffee table and tv stand not far behind. as a kid, i thought it was just another silly, fun thing my mom did, and i enjoyed it because it gave my brothers and i new "hide and seek" material, new fort building opportunities, and a new angle on our favorite cartoons. as an adult, and now a stay-at-home mom myself, i'm seeing the whole rearranging thing in a completely different way. it's not just another activity to fill the time- it's a straight up survival mechanism. when you're home all day everyday, you can't help but start to notice every little tiny thing that's wrong with your house. and when you're home all day everyday with your children, who like the do the same things over and over again, you guessed it, all day everyday, the monotony starts to become a little bit oppressive. there are a lot of different ways to handle this monotony. some people plan fun, educational things to do with their kids. some people take lots of field trips. some people put on headphones and listen to music while they work and pretend their house isn't actually there.
my mom and i? we're re-arrangers. it drove my dad crazy, and now it drives my husband crazy, but it's who we are and sorry guys but it's never going away. so last week when i started to feel the urge to switch things up, my frantic brain, in desperate need of change, landed upon our bedroom. untouched since we moved in 7 years ago, i knew rearranging our bedroom would be the change that i needed to break up the sameness of our everyday and rejuvenate us a little bit. and, while i didn't admit it at the time, i knew exactly where i wanted everything to go because of the way the light falls in our room. we get the most ridiculously beautiful afternoon light in there, but i've never been able to really capture it because of the way we had things set up. but now, well... here's a few (okay, more than a few. i really like how these turned out) examples of why i'm loving our new bedroom arrangement :)