The Little Cottage Living Room Reveal
It’s finally the BIG day for the little cottage! She’s all grown up now, dressed in classic cottage style, with timeless appeal. My favorite! I’m sharing all my thoughts on my sofa selection, and the new neutral look throughout that will endure for many years to come.
Hello my Foxy friends! I know so many of you remember my indecision on selecting a new sofa for the little cottage! We looked at all the options together (you can see my living room design boards & choices here) and I had planned a Fall 2020 sponsored collaboration with Grandin Road, but as many of you know, 2020 had plans all it’s own.
Now, without further delay… welcome to the new living room at the little cottage!
I sometimes think I want something luxurious or bold, and in my head I do. I can appreciate dark and dramatic and smokey and moody… but it turns out, I’m just simple to my core. And so is our home, and the little cottage.
So after much hand-wringing, I went with my gut and decided to order the Clara Slipcovered Sofa — a classic, rolled arm, white slipcovered sofa. It’s the little sister to the Ava we’ve got at the main house, and I just felt like I couldn’t go wrong with this choice.
I didn’t even have this sofa on the list I shared with you as a consideration, because I tried to convince myself I needed to do something more dramatic or daring. I’m so glad I came to my senses. I was almost pulled away from what my tastes lean towards, by feeling like I needed to be more… and I know better than that.
Last Christmas, you all got a peek at the beautiful Atticus deconstructed accent chairs I selected.
[You can see the pair and our white Christmas tree here]. I’ve since stolen one for our bedroom and put it in front of our electric fireplace. It’s so pretty, it’s lovely getting to enjoy it daily at the main house.
While out junking one day, we happened upon an electric fireplace and couldn’t pass it up for the living room down here at the little cottage. I knew it would be perfect tucked in under the vintage mantel!
QUESTION—what do you think about painting the mantels firebox opening on the wall a soft black to help the electric fireplace blend in?
I’m really happy with the layout, and the Clara is the perfect size for this room. It can sometimes seem larger than it is because of the two story ceiling height, but the footprint is pretty tight.
It’s why I love the clear glass coffee table down here. It’s there… without adding too much visual weight to the center of the room, and the black frame ties in nicely with the other touches of black sprinkled throughout the space.
The blooms from our butterfly bush are such a blessing! It is what we call a “volunteer”— in that we didn’t plant it, it just blew in on the wind, in the most perfect spot too. We’ve spent a few years pruning and shaping it, and it’s about ten feet tall now! It is such a treasure.
The boys flipped the apothecary cabinet and the fireplace mantel to their current locations last Winter. The mantel works best with the new electric fireplace on the main wall under the Antiques & Collectibles sign, so it was a fortuitous flip!
Thankfully the apothecary cabinet tucks in really well between the two big windows.
For as big as it is, it is not deep at all, making it surprisingly versatile!
It’s been so much fun decorating it over the years! You can see the apothecary cabinet decorated in many every day and seasonal looks [click here].
A permanent every-day pillow situation has not been settled on… though I can guess it’ll be something fairly neutral and definitely casual.
This HELLO pillow is a favorite, and it I liked it on the sofa and in the chair.
When I simplified the living room at the main house, and deleted the weathered wood & metal book case and console shelves, the little cottage benefited.
The wood tone of the shelves and the chair are so perfect together. What a lucky accident!
The last thing to change out in the main living area, will be the addition of a NEW door right here.
We’ve got a gorgeous wood & glass door from the Simpson Door Company to install. Can’t wait to get that in and share it with you!! We tentatively plan to finish it the same way as the Dutch door at the main entry.
Thanks so much for following along on our slow & steady little cottage journey. After several years of making due and temporary fixes, it’s finally got substantial furniture and a full sized grown-up sofa. I’m super thrilled with the final look, and what I feel is a pretty classic, timeless room.
Love & Light, Shan
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SOURCES & DETAILS:
Atticus Deconstructed Chair & Jute Rug, Grandin Road – currently unavailable
Our Wall Color: Sherwin Williams in Extra White
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