{available in our ebay shop}

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m on a quest to change up our family room. I don’t want to buy any big pieces and I’m not going to invest a lot of money but, I think I can make some big changes with better furniture placement, paint, fabric, a few tricks and thrifting.  We’ll talk about all that stuff later this week.

I moved our furniture and figured out a much better way that our things could fit in our house the way our family lives. By forcing myself to focus on the two main pieces that I knew I needed to use in our family room I was able to finally figure out a better layout.  The main items that I’m not replacing are the small scale toile sectional the painted armioure and our 8 x 10 rug.

Imagine my horror when after figuring out the best placement, the cable guys came to install a new cable outlet and told me that since our house is on a concrete slab {who ever thought of building homes on a slab on concrete? what if the pipes break?} and since there were no walls that led to the island of wall I wanted my tv placed on, there was no way I could have my tv where I wanted it. No way. Impossible. Not gonna happen.  Good luck with that, lady.

After experiencing about 35 seconds of decorating despair envisioning our room all squished back the way it was. But, my mom {who happened to be here} and I promptly thought of two solutions to the problem because let me tell you, that TV was going to be on that wall if I had to rewire it myself, just me and my glue gun.  My mom’s idea was to turn the big rug the other way so it would fit under the armoire and we could just lay the cable wire underneath. Once I heard that I knew there was hope, because if worst came to worst, I’d rather have a rug with a wire under it than have to move our room back to the closed off way it was.

I noticed we had a piece of wood used as a threshold between the kitchen tile and family room wood floors so I had a feeling my husband could thread that cable underneath. He stopped and picked up 25 feet of white cable on his way home and by 7pm he was done wiring our house for cable, Sanford and Son style.

He just tucked it around the room–up and under the mantle of the fireplace and secured it into the corner of the baseboard–most of that will be covered once I get our mistreatments thought up and made.

Let’s just say it was obvious that a black dog used to roam these parts: gag.

Where there is a will, there is usually a way, especially when you are willing to make a few compromises.  There are places you can see the cable but I think I’d have to point it out to people once the room is done.   It’s worth it to me to have a belt of cable strapped around the perimeter of our room in order to have a better furniture placement.  I’m really glad that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Now I think I’ll watch some tv, I think I’ll invite those two cable guys over to watch too.

PS, did you see this fun announcement and giveaway?