Serial Furniture Rearranging & Other Disorders

As many of you know, I switched out my living room and dining room a few months ago and enjoyed a change of scenery in my home.  As the holidays approach, I decided I wanted enjoy the fireplace (sans books – see here what I’m talking about) so I switched them back. 





That doesn’t mean my living room looks like it used to, since I traded sofas in the living and enclosed sleeping porch.  This is where the red sofa used to sit:

the decorologist in gatherings magazine

 photo by Heather Spriggs


This is the way my living room looked with the green sofa back in the spring in this photo taken for Gatherings Magazine:

gustavian living room shabby chic eurotrash

 Photo by Heather Spriggs for Gatherings Magazine


I wanted to nestle close to the fireplace as I write for my blog, work on virtual designs, or shop online for clients.  So my furniture is arranged a bit differently than before the initial switcheroo. 

painted sofa, victorian, shabby chic, vintage, living room, prescott green


Also, a few months ago I finally took the plunge and painted my cherished Victorian sofa.  It was originally an orange and green velvet pattern when it belonged to my granny.  I had it recovered when I got it 22 years ago, and this is how it had looked ever since.

red upholstery painted wood


A few coats of Benjamin Moore’s Shale and a little sanding transformed the “heavy” look to something a bit lighter.  This is how it looks now:

victorian couch


My dining room is back in it’s original place.  All my mismatched dining chairs are now all painted in gilt or Benjamin Moore’s Waterbury Green.  I’m digging green and gold right now. 

regency chandelier mismatched dining chairs gold green



I also bought an old tole chandelier on Ebay and decided to custom paint it to hang over the pedestal table in my entry. 

floral painted light fixture



It replaced another light fixture I had here that looked kinda like a floral jellyfish:

 the decorologist in gatherings magazine

Photo by Heather Spriggs for Gatherings Magazine 


I liked it when it was turned on, but not so much when it wasn’t.  Anyway, it was the only light fixture in the house that wasn’t vintage (and you know I prefer that), so I was ready for a change.

entry vintage tablescape


 So, yeah, I admit it.  My name is Kristie, and I’m a serial furniture rearranger.  How ’bout you?


  1. Katie

    Good Morning Kristie…
    I just adore your home!!! I want to move in as of, lets see yesterday! You did a great job on your sofa! Is your husband liking it any better? That was funny when you said your lighting fixture looks like a jellyfish 🙂 It’s a pretty jellyfish though. Your new fixture does look better. I love the colors.
    Oh…Hi my name is Katie, and I am a serial “Have way too many projects going at one time” XoXo

  2. Kristie Barnett

    Hey, does anyone want to buy the jellyfish light fixture? It’s a pendant with a long cord that plugs into a wall socket. It reads peachy-pink. $75

  3. joy

    I like this new lamp and the related changes you made — the cream table cloth etc.. I think it looks nice as well even when it’s turned off. Is this your breakfast table? It has so much character/feel in it, its shape, material, pattern. So only two people eat on this table ? 🙂 it’s a temp loss that it has to be covered by this table cloth as the table cloth does make the whole thing better looking.

    • Kristie Barnett

      No, Joy, this is not my breakfast table. This is actually in the entry of the house – from the vantage point of the photograph, the front door is directly to the right of the table and picture window. The living room is open to this entry and if you turned around you’d be facing the living room (and beyond, the enclosed porch).

      • joy

        i c, so this is part of the living room…that’s nice and a good usage of that space, so inviting.

  4. carolsmyth@thedesignpages

    Your place really is gorgeous. I adore the look of your sofa now that it’s been painted and the new light fixture is to die for!

  5. Sheila Zeller

    I love that your sofa was passed down to you from your Granny… and I’m really loving its new look. Nice work!
    Um, is being a serial furniture arranger a problem? Cause if not, I wish it was in more home!
    Have a great weekend, Kristie!

    PS – now when I read your blog I can picture you curled up on your sofa by the fire. Great space for inspired writing 🙂

  6. Lesley T

    Is that Wyeth Blue in your entry/jellyfish light picture? And what about the trim color? I’m doing a complete re-do of my family room and I’m thinking about this color for my new ceiling planks. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

    • Kristie Barnett

      The wall color is Prescott Green, trim is Cloud White. Prescott Green sometimes looks blue but leans more towards green, while Wyeth Blue sometimes looks green but leans more towards blue. So if you want it to read more green, go Prescott Green and if you want it to go more blue, go Wyeth Blue. Good luck!

  7. Linda

    There is a special place in my heart for serial furniture rearrangers… probably because I have the same affliction.

  8. Kelley

    The couch looks soooo much better with the white trim! And the new light fixture fits the style of the room much better than the floral jellyfish! 🙂

    • Kristie Barnett

      Thanks, Kelly. My husband didn’t like the white trim at first. Good to hear some approval 🙂

  9. Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust

    My name is Michelle . . . “Hi Michelle” . . . I also love to change things & can’t seem to stop myself. It all goes back to my childhood . . . pink shag carpeting . . . canopy bed . . . changing the furniture around. Ahh, I feel better sharing. Thanks!

    Warmly, Michelle
    PS – I love the beautiful mood in your rooms.

  10. Nita@ModVintageLife

    Love both rooms….what great photos! Seeing your sofa painted really makes me want to paint mine. I’ve tried to resist the urge but seeing your’s is pushing me towards doing it. No reason not to….huh? I know I’d enjoy chippy white more than the wood now…. I have never regretted painting anything white in the past….so I should just do it. This is a great post.

    • Kristie Barnett

      thank you, nita! i really did have a hard time painting that one – although I’ve painted tons of wood furniture over the years, I just had a hard time pulling the trigger on my granny’s sofa! glad you approve 🙂

  11. BeColorful

    Such great style. I love a mind that says ” Why not?” and is willing to try new things. As a fellow serial furniture re-arranger I could totally relate to this post. Love the paint on the victorian beauty and the mismatched dining chairs. Such fun to view spaces. Thanks so much for linking this to Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

  12. stacey

    It gives me feeling of satisfaction to rearrange my home, I feel like I really cleaned and refreshed it. I’m driving my family crazy

  13. Jackie

    Guilty … actually sitting here “Googling” for people like me … “Serial Furniture Rearrangers” …

    • Kristie Barnett

      Haha, Jackie – you’ve come to the right place! 😉


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