If you ask me, any space ought to be designed to include a place for stopping and dropping.
I don’t mean the television room – a place to plant yourself on the sofa and tune into whatever is on the screen and tune out the rest of the world. I mean a space for relaxing, for thinking and dreaming.
A living room should have a corner that invites you to stop what you’re doing and drop into a comfy chair or sofa. With a basketful of magazines or books and a good reading lamp that make it impossible to leave in a hurry.
The bedroom, if there’s space, ought to have a comfortable chair (ideally, free of clothing and unfolded laundry) for quiet contemplation.
The same goes for the outdoors. Porch swings, wide hammocks and comfortable patio furniture offer a moment’s respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
I’ve been in a furniture moving frenzy lately. Gone are the heavy armchairs that flanked the fireplace. In their place are an old Mission oak rocker – one of a pair I found in the corner of a church basement at a Boy Scout rummage sale – and a 1950s chintz-covered chaise lounge I picked up at a local antiques fair last summer.
That chaise lounge is a powerful magnet. I’ve noticed that at some point everyone in the house has surrendered to it. In the two weeks it’s been sitting by the big window in my living room I’ve found people (and cats) napping on it. You can read who’s been there by what they left behind. My oldest daughter’s notebook computer tells me she’s been working on her college courses. The newest “Harry Potter” book is a clue that the youngest is around.
I’ve spent a lot of time curled up on the chaise as well. It’s the perfect place for reading the Sunday newspaper or flipping through the latest magazines. Late at night, with a cup of herbal tea on the little table nearby, it is a comforting place for planning and organizing the week(s) ahead.
Life keeps us moving. It feels good to find a corner that pulls us in and gives us a place to stop what we’re doing, drop into a daydream and let the worries roll away.
This week in Home
Carolyn Starner didn’t just write the book on Northwest Gardens. She created one of her own. Starner’s lovingly tended Spokane garden – with its nooks and peaceful corners – is this week’s cover feature.
If you’re tired of digging through drawers and cluttered cabinets to find your kitchen tools, you might want to take a peek at this week’s Urban Style page. Amy Klamper writes about a man who found a unique and masculine way to organize his cooking utensils.
This week’s issue of Home is full of interesting people, places and stories of life in the region. So, find a cozy spot and settle in.
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