The Little Sitting Room . . .

Last updated 07:45 28/12/2012
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A place to retire from the madness of Christmas and school holidays.

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Presents unwrapped and joyful kids with full bellies from Christmas treats - it is the time of year when family and friends spend plenty of time in the kitchen and lounge, feasting and preparing for the next meal.

The little sitting room; a space to retire to after long, hot summer days is a place to read a book, play a game or sit back and listen to music. A place where there is no television, plenty of cushions and ottomans for stretching the legs out.

Large bookcases filled with an array of reads, from children's fantasy books to lighthearted stories. Having bi-fold, french or sliding doors opening out into a courtyard or deck are great for letting the breeze through. Place two occasional deck chairs with side tables for warm evenings under the stars.

An idea for a coffee table is to use a blanket box and upholster the lid with decadent fabric for a soft cosy look. This gives you extra storage for all your games to be put away at the end of each day. Floor cushions scattered around create a relaxing feel and can be tidied easily.

Industrial reading lamps bend and shift to lighten up the room and work well with most design styles. Add a mohair throw to wrap around your legs on cool evenings and to dress the arms of your sofa.

Small occasional tables for cups of tea and vases of fresh flowers bring charm to your room. Or use them to place your magazines, yummy nibbles or icy-cool cocktails in the evenings.

Embrace relaxing in the little sitting room and enjoy creating a beautiful life.

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