Another Evolving Space

A few months ago I posted about an evolving space in our house, and how we transformed it into a space for Maxton.  For the past few days Steve and I had been discussing reorganizing another space in our home. (Although I mentioned in a post a few days ago that I have a need to “rearrange” things, this change-up was out of necessity.)

Now that Maxton is walking (clumsy), he is exploring his speed and balance, tumble after tumble. He doesn’t crawl at all anymore, and it appears as though he is half-running most of the time. Our entertainment unit was on a wall in our living room that happened to be at the entrance of the room. Maxton passes by it a hundred times a day, and has had a couple of close calls by it. Although we had the child proof corners on it, the edges were still dangerously sharp.

Here is a picture I took of it when we first moved in.

Here is what it looks like now.

(We still need to organize all of the cords and the entertainment unit.)

I’m not one of those people who rearranges their whole house to accommodate a baby/toddler. There are some things I will not move or put away, simply because Maxton will have to learn that he can’t touch them. However, I am not going to leave something that could be dangerous to him because he needs to learn a lesson – that’s ridiculous. The TV stand being the latter. Sharp edges + a clumsy toddler = bad.

We have a fireplace in our family room which is a whole other issue that I will get into one day. The short story is the builder forgot to put the insert in for it, after the previous owner specified she wanted a gas fireplace. So they couldn’t build it into the wall, leaving us with a an oversized (but gorgeous) fireplace. It takes up a lot of space, and we will have to get a guard to place around it (when we decide to turn the pilot light on) to keep Maxton away, but it adds something special to the room.

I never wanted to put the TV on or over the fireplace, because I didn’t want it to be about the TV. I wanted it to be something warm and peaceful on a cold winters night. Well, all that has gone out the window. With the rearranging, came placing the TV over the fireplace – it was the only place we could put it, and I have to admit, it’s really not that bad. The room feels bigger now, and the space can still be all about the fireplace when we want it to be

This is just another reason why I like to move things around. Sometimes you will end up loving something, you always thought you would hate. Around here it’s all about practicality, functionality and safety.

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