When I do Before and After in my current house we are assigned to live by my husband’s office, I cannot do much to make changes to the house. What I do is mostly moving the rental furniture around in the house, changing the wall colors and adding some decorative items to the room. Even small things like these can reflect so much of our liking and it’s fun and less expensive. We do not want to make any financial investment in something we only use for 3 years, so I don’t have many choices. It’s fine. It forces me to put on a creative cap and come up with some ideas.
Why did I take away the chairs and bring the sofa instead from the living room? (You can see the old location of the sofa in this post.)
I wanted the combination of gray and green in this small hallway space and this green sofa color went well with the dark gray I painted on the wall. This space is so much more in use after I brought the sofa. When I had two chairs, no one except me sat in it. With this sofa in place, I could bring in the white tables to create something like coffee table in front of it.
Why did I put the white tables here?
I wanted to create a kids eating space where our girls and their friends can eat snack. We live in a country where leaving some sugar or food on the floor brings ants into the house (trouble!), so I wanted these white tables and chairs to be in the area with a floor that is easy to clean.
Why box in front of the lamp?
It covers the plug and cord of the lamp. Inside the box play dough is hidden. My girls are only allowed to play with play dough in this area either on the floor or on the white table, so it’s convenient to have play dough in this box so that my daughters can reach it easily.
I have to come up with something better than the basket sitting on the floor under the table with phones. I put some sticky notes, pens, and directories there, but you can see them and it is not so pretty. We have those phones as they were provided by my husband’s office. They are not cool looking, but they function just fine.
I apologize for the poor quality of photos. I’m not skilled, but also it’s the amount of light we have inside our house. In Southeast Asia, most houses have iron bars to prevent break-ins. I feel like living in a cage sometimes, but I’ve gotten use to it. I sometimes open up the iron bar sliding doors to let the light in more. I’m not sure if I’m making any difference, but it feels different. We also have a large awning above the balcony and lots of trees outside that might be blocking the sunlight to come in. Seeing green is pretty, but I’d rather have more natural light. If this was my house, I would chop them off, but I can’t!