Sitting Pretty

The birds have been tweeting and I’ve been busy tweaking…

Designing a room that is both functional and pretty involves time and some serious thought processes to make sure that everything works together.

Today I’d like to share with you a room in the cottage that I now call the sitting room. I refer to it as the sitting room because this room’s purpose seems to be a place to entertain guests playing piano

enjoying that early cup of coffee

and another place to dine.

I’ve learned that each room no matter how large or small needs to have a purpose.

Naming a room helps me design it.

 (you might be interested in reading these older posts read moreor hereor even here)

not surprisingly this room continues to evolve.

Choosing lamps, tables, chairs, rugs, & then discovering that they don’t all come together in the way as you expected.

Accepting that a rug or chair you chose just doesn’t work in the space that you envisioned it in is all part of the process.

With limited space it’s important to keep in mind the flow from one room to another.

Cottage style makes it easy to incorporate my affinity for floral & bright patterns.

The patterns, textures, and design within this room continue to evolve as I do through thoughtful planning, implementation, and tweaking on what is or isn’t working.

I’d love to hear about the process you have in designing a room.

And on a different note…..

I discovered a pretty wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe this week. What I like about this recipe is that it calls for sprinkled sea salt. I have to admit that at the moment I’m pretty much loving anything sprinkled with sea salt. Perhaps you will love it too.

Chocolate Chips cookies ( recipe from The New York Times)


8 1/2 oz. cake flour

8 1/2 oz. bread flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp coarse salt

(sift together)

1 1/4 cups butter

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

(mix together)

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

mix with dry to dry ingredients

1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips

(add to ingredients mix well)

*Refrigerate dough 24-36 hrs

Roll into spoon size balls & sprinkle with sea salt

bake at 350 for 18-20 min.

cool for 10 minutes.

If you bake these drop me a message on how you liked them.

Cheers to a great weekend…


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3 Responses to Sitting Pretty

  1. Joe Kuehner says:

    Thank you for sharing the ‘Sitting Room’post and how the room is evolving.
    Loved the cookies!!

  2. Jenny Bonynge says:

    Such a sweet little space you’ve created! I love the romantic “feel” it sends forth…You are ever an inspiration Marcia… :0)

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jenny! Thank you. I’m feeling satisfied with the progress in this sweet room. It does have a romantic feel doesn’t it. ❤️ Have a great day!

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