Our new place doesn’t get quite as much natural light as the old one. This is a mixed blessing: we used to get so much sunlight that our curtains and other furnishings would fade within months. But it took quite some weeks for me to get used to how relatively dim my new surroundings felt.
We kept the living room colours light and neutral to make the best of the light we do get. This also makes the (already sizeable) space look even bigger.
Even though we didn’t exactly stick to the original plan – the playmat, Pack n Play and my crafting table were added only after we’d laid out everything else – I’m really happy with how this space turned out. When our friends come over, there’s enough room for a good number of them to spread out comfortably. The cats have plenty of spaces where they get to perch and hide as the mood strikes: the cat basket, the back of the sofa and the little ledge under the windows, plus a couple of nooks in the TV console.
Most importantly, Katy has loads of room to roll around in right now, and when we no longer need the Pack n Play she’ll have even more floor area to mess around in. I also suspect that the living room will hold up well for when she’s old enough to have playdates…