Angela and Beki have been flashing their living rooms and wanted others to join in, so here's mine. Until one drunken night at Eastertime this was our dining room. We had a furniture re-arrangement session at about 11pm under the guidance of my brother (who has always regretted not being an architect).
We seldom used the dining room, except as a place to fold laundry as we tend to eat in the kitchen when it's just us chickens. Now we have a long thin dining room with a TV watching area at one end and this room, which is our adult sitting room - no TV no toys (well, only temporary toy visits).
It's got lots of windows and plenty of light, but I have always felt that it lacks the personal touch. It feels very masculine too - I think maybe that's the leather furniture. I never really liked leather, but with two dribbly children I am a total convert. Our fabric sofas have been trashed, with the removable covers having been been washed so often that the piping is frayed. The leather looks like the day it was bought.
I love the colours of the curtains in here, but I don't like them with the wall colour. It is a lemony cream and I would far prefer a 'bone' type shade. Repainting this comes next on the DIY list I think.
We need to do something else with the lighting - a standard lamp I think, but I have been looking for 3 years for one that hubby and I both like with no success.
The bookshelf is actually the top of a dresser (the bottom is in the dining doom), but does the job of holding a selection of my cookbooks. I am ashamed of the display on top of it - it reflects laziness rather than taste and I resolve to change it sooner rather than later. The smaller cabinet often has fresh flowers on it, but I haven't any at the moment.
The pictures on the wall are 2 antique maps that my brother and sister-in-law gave us as a wedding present. I love them, but they date from when this was our dining room and I am not sure they are right in the living room. We don't have any other options at the moment though (I find buying art totally daunting).
So there's the truth of my living room - I would really love to hear your ideas on it - sort of like an interior design for free service.