Our cottage is a modest size but it's cozy and I love that we use every inch of it. In our old house we had rooms we rarely went in to. They say small homes grow tight families and I believe that to be true.
The room formerly known as Maddie's bedroom, is downstairs and is tucked away a bit off the family room. It is our guest room but also serves as den, game room, reading room, exercise room, writing room and sleepover room. One day, I fear, it will be a hanging out with the boyfriend room with door ALWAYS open, of course, and me walking by as much and loudly as possible.
A couple of weeks ago it was called into action as a sick room and is where Emma recovered from pneumonia. Always with loyal dog at her side even while she herself was recovering from dental surgery. It's been a heck of a couple of weeks around here folks. This past weekend it was a guest room for my friend Melissa and today it is a Doctor Who marathon watching room while it thunders away outside.
This space is quirky and often changing. It's a fun place for me to shift things from other rooms so it always has a fresh feel. Nothing matches. Nothing happened on purpose but it just kind of came together slowly and I find I like it that way. I have very much made an effort not to rush things in this house. I plan to be here forever. It's okay if it takes awhile to get things the way I want them.
I hope our guests are comfortable here and that they feel welcome. It's always my goal to make people feel at home, but you can bet as soon as they leave we are back in this room making ourselves comfortable!
I once proclaimed that we couldn't possibly build a house with less than 3600 finished sq ft. My Sweet Hubby thought I was crazy. And so I was. It turns out size does matter and for me a smaller home is better. I love not having to just fill space and instead getting to just use things I really love to make a home that I really love.