Answer: The Crate and Barrel delivery truck pulling up in our driveway.
Nevermind that we'd been using a not-very-comfy or loungey futon as our primary family room seating.
It is a little crazy how happy I was to receive our big, deep, plush, downie, oh-so-comfy new couch.
The pillows are just placeholders, of course, until we can sew a whole bunch of new ones to liven up the room (stay tuned for more on the Great Pillow Project), and so is the furniture arrangement.
Next up is the hard part: figuring out how to arrange the furniture, and then actually moving it. The sofa came in two pieces, carried up the stairs by two very strong fellas, but then they clipped the two together, and now I don't know how to separate it back into two pieces. Way too heavy for me to move by myself, even on the carpet. Thank goodness for husbands.
But heavy lifting aside, we first have to decide how to arrange the actual room, which will then determine how big a TV stand we should get, and what size and shape of coffee table to buy. Rather than try to move everything a million times, I'm a big fan of the floor plan.
In our LA condo, we put together a fancy-pants floor plan using free online software, when we were in the running for Apartment Therapy's Small Cool contest:
But as befits a mountain home, we went low-tech in Truckee: graph paper and cut-out furniture pieces.
Fortunately, all of our furniture is very low, so we don't have to worry too much about sightlines in the room. Did you know there are an almost infinite number of furniture arrangements for a single room, with the same set of furniture? Don't believe me? Just keep scrolling...
Now the real muscle work begins. Move a lot of furniture, see what feels right, and then plop our tired butts down in our heavenly new couch.
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