(Wait... I kinda started in medias res there, didn't I. Better start again.)
My parents. Sigh. I have posted about them before (specifically, about their refusal to appreciate their beautiful teak bed frame). But when it comes to style, decorating and furniture placement, they drive. me. crazy.
I bring this up because the warm weather is approaching and my parents own a cottage. A BEAUTIFUL cottage. And they absolutely refuse to decorate it in anything other than mismatched hand-me-downs, which wouldn't even be so bad if the space planning wasn't... how can I put this...
I wish I could do a drawing that does the cottage living room justice. This rendering (created with floorplanner.com) isn't exact and doesn't speak fully to the hideous lack of functionality of the cottage's living room and main space, but it gives you a vague idea.
And before you say "it's not that bad" I want to point out that the two seater sofa (which is red in the rendering) is an old twin recliner, not unlike this:
Now, before you flame me (and before the 'rents explode in a fit of rage) I should say a few things:
1) I'm kidding. This post is meant to be funny (or at least funny-ish).
2) I'm really lucky. Don't think me ungrateful. My parents own a great place, on a great beach, and I get to go up there pretty much whenever I want and I don't even have to take my own food.
3) When you're at the cottage, it doesn't really make sense to spend a lot of time inside, so ultimately, the decor doesn't really matter.
But still. STILL. The place has so much potential and I'd love to redo it.
First and most importantly, I'd focus on the floor plan. Don't you think something like this would be SO much better?
I'd leave my dad's reading rocker in the corner, though, because he really likes to do his thing by his lonesome.
What really galls me most is that I think I could do this whole room for less than $1,500. A bit of thrifting, two IKEA Ektorp sofas (in neutral slipcovers), a couple of arm chairs. Done.
Basic and beachy. And comfortable. That's all I want.
Mom and Dad? Are you listening?
Do you have a beautiful cottage? Wanna send me inspiration photos?