The actual “living room” in Glade Cottage is a very contained space.
The large Ikea sofa has a lounge on one side which takes up a considerable amount of room.
If two people are on the sofa only one can “put her feet up”. Coincidentally I saw a small, round, cranberry-colored ottoman on Craigslist. (I was looking for a different style ottoman for the conservatory.)
This storage ottoman can also act as a small coffee table since the top cushion, when turned upside down, becomes a tray.
In the Cottage there is not much room for regular furniture.
Although the fact that we went big with the sofa makes it appear bigger than it is.
The television stand is a bit bulky for the space.
A narrow console under the window so as not to interfere with he view would be nice. The console above gives great inspiration but is a bit too large for the space and $2,000 is too hard on the budget.
The chaise feature is moveable so we switched it to the other side of the sofa. Further delineating the living room space is the southwestern-style rug featuring the color scheme: aqua, cranberry, and greige.
Once we got going with the palette, little pops of cranberry gave dimension to the space. The little stepstool is an heirloom from the tenant’s family.
I have been using the Cottage for storage and we still have more to move out. However there’s been a lot of progress in the past 6 months.
Sitting on the sofa the window overlooks the garden. Soon we’ll also diminish the chip pile so the scenery will be even better.
Using old pieces and new pieces allow style to develop. We’re not too eager to replace old furniture before having a better option but downsizing from a single-family home to a single-person home is a big move.