What we wanted in a sitting room was very simple: a place to cozy up with warm mugs of coffee or tea, and share. Hearts, stories, laughs, secrets. Adventures, heartbreaks, hopes and dreams. We wanted an intimate space, layered with pillows and cozy blankets and piled high with stacks of books. A place for getting to know new friends and making new memories with those we've sojourned with for decades already, a place for truth telling, vulnerability, healing and new hope. We wanted it to evoke refuge and rest, the kind of space you smile when you think of it, remembering shared tears and confessions or the time you laughed so hard you cried.
And we did not want a television anywhere in the vicinity, that was non-negotiable.
This room embraces you the moment you step thru our door. It's simply furnished with two love seats and a cushy chair we found on craigslist and slipcovered. A stack of vintage suitcases by the door serves as a the perfect spot to drop keys coming and going. They also work great for extra storage. Each were all picked up at various flea markets, with the exception of the one on bottom. I found it out thrifting with my mom one afternoon, discarded on the curb. I was pleasantly surprised to crack it open and find it lined with gorgeous lavender satin.
We found this lovely wrought-iron hall tree at a garage sale for $10. A coat of paint and subtle distress work made it the perfect addition.
Loads of vintage books and a couple of gorgeous old mirrors warm up the space. It's no secret I'm obsessed with old books, so much charm. I have them stacked in literally every room and cannot stop myself from buying more, constantly. I'm drawn to pretty colors and/or titles, and absolutely taken with books of poetry or music. Cannot resist. Hopeless love affair.
We're currently gearing up to re-do the entire ceiling in this room. New recessed lighting and a gorgeous plank ceiling will soon make their debut. That alone will totally change the feel of this space. We've debated an antique tin tile look and considered bead board as well, but plank keeps re-surfacing as the feel we really want.
Baskets of magazines are tucked under furniture and a wall of our travel photos run up the stairs. I get a lot of comments about having white furniture with a toddler, but it's so easy. I can pull the slipcovers and toss them in the washer when necessary. Far easier and cheaper than buying new furniture or scrubbing for hours every time we have a spill.
Simple, humble, quaint and cozy. Just what we wanted.
We spend a lot of hours sitting here flipping thru magazines or books or sometimes just catching up on the happenings of our day. A place for reading, chatting, sipping, connecting. I wish more homes still had 'sitting' rooms or parlors from days gone by, spaces with nothing to distract from actually looking into one another's eyes and hearing each others voices. They were truly onto something...
Up next on the Cottage Tour: the Master Bedroom!