Life After Purging: Living Room

After my big purge this summer, the living room probably had the least amount of changes visually.  Though the one big change was our wooden shelf display.  Since I got rid of almost all of my books (besides the few I love and plan to read again and our photo books) I had more room to breathe and put pretty things on display. 

The gallery wall changed only slightly because I had to borrow a few pieces to finish off our dining room. 

But like I said, the real visual impact was in this shelving unit.  And I am so happy with it.  There is something to be said about a shelf that isn't crowded.  Your eyes have room to rest as they wander from one pretty thing to the next.  The space is highly functional without being overwhelming.

The opposite wall, where the couch sits, was a bit of a challenge.  I originally tried another gallery wall but when I sat down on the couch by the window, I could see all three gallery walls and it was a bit much!  I have been a huge fan of a good gallery wall for years now and for the first time it began to feel like too much.

I don't think gallery walls are going anywhere and they are most definitely a great way to fill a wall, but I think as I downsize I am craving more white space in my decor.  Two walls of frames is probably enough for one room!  Having the simple map art and guitars filled in the space nicely without taking over.

As I have mentioned before, we have been living this way for a few months now and though the house is not completely different, I feel different.  Less stuff means less daily tidying.  And that is a beautiful gift to myself.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that things are changing again.  I'll be back tomorrow to give you an update on what is going on with our current dining and living rooms!