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New Living Room


The other day when Matthew was working from home he suddenly decided it was time for a change. Of the living room. I protested but let him move around the furniture as a test – and now I’m not sure what I like better!

One reason I didn’t want the sofa by the window is the draft from our wonderful single-glazed windows, but I guess that wouldn’t be as much of a problem in summer. Another reason is that it kind of blocks the window. On the other hand, this set-up does make the room look a bit bigger – which was Matthew’s argument for the change.


Can you spot the sleeping baby?


Lana still can’t stand that bouncer, but luckily the playmat seems a bit more popular – she spent almost 15 minutes on it the other day!

So, what do you think – should we move the furniture back to its original place or not? I know the before photo doesn’t show the whole room, but hopefully you’ll get the idea.


Btw, Lana’s passport arrived last week, yay! So weird that my own child has a different passport than I do, but I’m so happy that it arrived before the trip!

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

<p>I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!</p>

  • shazzarob

    It looks more spacious. Lana will be crawling round that carpet before you know it.x

    March 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm
    • ninaaikas

      You’ve got a point there 🙂 x

      March 17, 2015 at 5:23 pm
  • Monica Äikas

    Men var det matbordet ni hade vid fönstret förr? Är det inte trevligt att ha det vid fönstret?

    March 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Ja det var det och ja jag tycker också att det är bättre vid fönstret – men å andra sidan sitter vi sällan där…

      March 17, 2015 at 10:08 pm
  • hannelelahtinen

    Yeah it does looks more spacious and I guess it makes sense to have the table closer to the kitchen, but at the same time I see your point about the window. It is somehow a bit inaccessible, especially if you want to keep the windows open in the summer… And the red table did look quite cute/romantic in front of the window. I quess as well if I’d work from home and would use that table for working, I would prefer sitting by the window where there’s light, but as it was Matthew’s idea I’m sure that’s not a problem 🙂
    The extra space is nice though….

    I can see your dilemma!

    March 17, 2015 at 7:02 pm
    • ninaaikas

      If I was still working which means I’d be working from home quite a lot I would insist on the table being by the window! And if we sat at the table more often for dinner the table should also be by the window – which we should!!

      March 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm
  • Annika b

    I think the first set up is better, because I really thing it is amazing to be close to the window while eating: 1) you can get sun energy and d-vitamin, you will not get it when sitting in the sofa 2) you can look out and admire what is there, you will not do it from the sofa. But you can have Matthew’s arrangement for a while and then change back, maybe when summer comes. I do not see a difference in the look of more or less spacious.

    March 18, 2015 at 6:22 am
    • ninaaikas

      Yeah the table won’t be used at all now when it’s not by the window I think…maybe I’ll just change it back and hope he won’t notice!

      March 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm
  • Annika b

    One more thing, if that arrangement is somehow better for Matthew.s home-working, then keep it like this…cuz what is better that having him home…

    March 18, 2015 at 6:23 am
  • Monica Äikas

    Men var äter ni då om inte vid bordet??

    March 18, 2015 at 7:56 am
    • ninaaikas

      Öhöm vid TVn tyvärr…lättare att hålla/amma Lana samtidigt.

      March 18, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  • Leena F-B

    I like the original better. In the second one the furniture seem to be more placed around the room by the walls and I think it’s nice when you have something in the middle as well. The both look nice though, you have a great living room. I can imagine that it feel strange that your child has a different passport than you do!

    March 18, 2015 at 8:54 am
    • ninaaikas

      Thank you – will let Matthew know that the original is preferred!yeah,maybe I’ll have to get hera Finnish passport too – or at least when this one expires 🙂

      March 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm
  • POP

    It was better the way it was before……you will end up with cricks in your necks from the draughts and watching from TV at an angle… was nice sitting at the table looking over the rooftops.

    March 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm
    • ninaaikas

      I do agree but it’s also nice with a change…I might just change it back when Matthew’s at work – he probably won’t even notice with his baby brain!

      March 20, 2015 at 11:48 am
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