Last week was a funny one in Beach Cottage Land…different schedules, needing to fit Barley into our routine now, school sport carnivals for two of the Beach Cottage Crew and moi over to the city three times in one week – so the schedule was a bit upside down – normally it’s bit more like – do the school run, go for a walk by the beach, come home, put the bomb site back together, do a bit of blogging, make the dinner, yadda yadda
Anyway so one afternoon last week Mr Beach Cottage found himself here at 3pm and about to go back into the office to actually get some work done for the day, it’s hardly far away but by the time you’ve parked etc. it’s a faff at 3pm just for a few hours….so I said to him why don’t you work from home? But of course, with that normally comes interruptions and not being able to concentrate and though tempting he knew that really he wouldn’t get much done…
I suggested the Summer House, which was sitting there, empty, lonely and ready for someone to do something with it. …it’s taken a while for me to get out there and get going on getting it looking pretty….
But he decided it was a better idea to stay at home…and so we got a makeshift table and chair and off he went. And came back in five hours later. None of us were any the wiser, indeed one of the Beach Cottage Crew asked when he was getting home from work.
So this made us realise what a gem this little place is to have here – Mr Beach Cottage did use it as an office when we first started the business but we both knew that as soon as it was an option he needed to get out and have an office of his own somewhere else, save his wife wringing his neck with her bare hands one day.
We both decided though that we don’t want this set-up as an office, we want a table and chair available out there for taking a laptop and working in peace and quiet, but more we wanted this room to be one to go with a book or three, with a cup of tea or a nice drink in the evenings, for the Beach Cottage Kiddos to use as a chill out zone etc.
However, as ever with anything it seems in this old cottage, it’s not quite right, and there are a few problems….bottom line it is just a bit too small…a bit bigger and a nice sofa-bed would be perfect but after many measurements we think a decent one will be too big or we will have to plump for one of the smaller ones (we’ve had one of those before and it was hardly comfy for either sitting or sleeping)
So for now we are going with Adirondacks, and big floor cushions, they fit in fairly well and as I have said before on here these are extremely comfortable and on the floor is going natural rug flooring (testing it out here) because when in there it definitely needs some softening and the painted floor felt too I dunno, hard
I have been half-heartedly looking for a table for this room, same problem is happening here, it needs to be just a tad bigger and a table would fit in nicely.
I had a trip to IKEA to have a looksee and came back without a table, I wish I could say that I came back empty handed, I so did not, more on that soon.
The real problem here though wasn’t size it was that I didn’t want new and as you know if you are a vintage furniture shopper, when you are looking for vintage it often takes a while to wait to come across something right.
Soooo Mr Beach Cottage decided to go and look at my stash under the house, ahem.
(oh and note : this is one of the cafe chairs I got from Ebay, without the Zinsser primer that we were talking about the other day, I left this one to see how the rust would come through and what it would look like…click the picture below if you want to see how I made over some of those vintage French cafe chairs)
He emerged from under the house with this, it’s not perfect for the space obviously, but it is old and a bit shabby, I will be doing it up and the top needs to be restored. Right now I am thinking some oilcloth through the top and then cover with a piece of glass…or just a pretty tablecloth…in the meantime I will be looking for a more narrow table…
I would love a trunk in here, I like the feel of that, a bit coastal and nautical, all scuffed up (also brought up from under the house) and shabby, this would be ok without the table but not both I don’t think it will fit….once I get out there on my own and get all the soft furnishings in and pretty it up I may foof it around to fit it in but probs not…
He also found this down there, this is one of the very first things we found while vintage treasure hunting in Australia and before our furniture arrived from Old Blighty…I painted it white and it was used as a makeshift computer table in our rented house…it’s had a few different uses since but has been under the house for a while…I couldn’t ever give it away… it didn’t work either, in fact it looked all wrong, though for sure I had forgotten how much I loved this one…
And that is it for me Beach Cottage friends, I am hoping to get out there today and get a few more things done, I am making a window dressing too…
What do you think of how it’s coming along?
Be seeing ya
Come and check out what Barley has been up to at this fan page and there will be some very pretty coastal pics up on the daily beach page today…