Friday, 2 November 2012
Musical chairs (and sofas).
The final room downstairs (apart from a small cloakroom) is what we refer to simply as the front room (or according to your recent list, the sitting room, living room or lounge). This space has good proportions, which makes it flexible and easy to reposition the furniture, which I do quite often. During the process of this tour the room has actually undergone a quick makeover. The photos show three different views of the room – each with a before and after photograph.
The stripped floorboards and gas fire were inherited from the previous occupants, and the only thing we changed in here was to remove some fitted cupboards to the left of the chimney breast – this was so we could accommodate the plan chest (although in the latest re-organisation this has moved). I have owned the plan chest for about 25 years, I love it, and it’s very practical, but accommodating it can be quite challenging.
I miss the fact that I don’t have a mantle piece, so instead the hearth has become a display space. The wooden decoy duck was a present from some Dutch friends. This arrangement isn’t fixed and things get either added or removed sporadically.