Have a Seat
Maybe it's because I'm Southern, but I notice that I have a plethora of "sitting corners" in my home. While redecorating the home in 2015 following the Houston Memorial Day Flood, (more on that in another post), it became second nature for me to select a dedicated area in each room for guests to "sit a while and visit." Even the Master Bathroom has a hamper that doubles as a bench. My husband and I have had some really meaningful conversations on that bench while one or both of us is getting ready in the mornings.
Sometimes you decorate a home and don't realize what's there until you really sit still and look around. The pieces become much more than things, they represent the soul of the room. Today I'm taking a look at the various sitting areas in my breakfast room and family room. When I look at the spaces, I notice a great use of space (ahem, fist bump to myself), but more than that, I realize how inviting these areas are for guests. Enjoy the pics below as well as some fun stories about each piece.
This was one of the first pieces I ever purchased for this home. It survived the flood and has moved around the house more than any other piece. I love it because it is simple, the color pops in the otherwise-neutral room, and the legs are gnawed down from when I first brought my dog, Duchess, home when she was a puppy. I will keep this forever.
These were my "risk" pieces. We went with a gorgeous gray for our interior spaces and I knew I wanted gray-ish bar stools. When I saw these, I didn't know if they would be too loud for the kitchen. As it turns out, these are so whimsical and fun - plus hubs likes to perch here while I'm cooking, so they are a favorite in this home for that reason.
I stole these from the store. Literally. They came in a set of 4 and the other two were broken in transit to the store. The store owner marked these normally $425 chairs down to $100. SOLD. I knew I wanted these for a "conversation area" but little did I know that by facing these in towards the breakfast room, it breaks the larger space into two. Plus, it's a great place to play chess!
This was a post-flood find. I loved the studded edges, but mostly I loved the deep cushions. You can fit five people on this couch comfortably. I like to part the pillows and nestle all the way to the back of the couch and read, write, or do nothing at all.
An interesting take on a chaise lounge. This chair and ottoman give the feel of a chaise with the functionality of a chair. This is one of my favorite corners of the entire home. Great to watch TV. Plus it can fit two people (date night, anyone?).
I hope you enjoyed looking around a bit, and I hope you find a place to have a seat in your own space! Do you have areas where people congregate in your home?