After my mother passed away in March, I had a very difficult time pulling myself back together and moving forward. We purchased our new old cottage in late October. We had lived for 5 generations right next door. It was a dream and a nightmare all at the same time. I spent much time taking great care to make our new 1898 cottage as cheerful and happy as could be. It was in hopes, that I too, may one day be cheerful and happy again.
Here are a couple of before pictures of the cottage living room:
My first thoughts were to remove the very large wall propane gas heater from the wall in order to free up both some wall space and lengthen the bench along with adding arms. Our cottage next door was virtually the same floor plan, built about the same time, very similar, yet completely different. I knew we wanted to spend our evenings at night reading on the bench in peace and quiet. The picture below is the bench is progress.
After, many, many trips to TJ Maxx and the fabric store, here are the results for year one in our new cottage. I hope you feel that it is as fun and happy as I wanted it to be. I was able to finish the living room together in time for the first family gathering for the 1st of July. More of the entire project to come.