Favorite Spaces: Our Sitting Area

Often when I am designing, a favorite moment will surface at the end of the process.  And though I look forward to these moments, what surprises and delights me most is that they are almost never what I had expected them to be.  Take this little seating area in our living room.  The design concept was pulled from a seventeenth century nautical chart of Muskeget Channel, the waters between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  I purchased the map for my husband for our first wedding anniversary.   We got married on the Vineyard, so naturally I loved the sentiment of the piece.  But I was also drawn  the colors,  celery green mixed with the palest blue that seemed both calming and alive.

This seating area was designed out of a need for flexibility.  Day to day, it serves as a great place to sit and put on your shoes before going out.   When we entertain, however, the custom made bench is pulled forward into the main living space,  completing a horse shoe of seating around the fireplace.

I just love how, on its own, the sitting area remains a strong visual point in the living room.  The way the light hits this space is wonderful, making it feel warm yet still chic, highlighting both its rustic and refined nature.

I designed the bench to have simple and delicate lines.  The Rose Tarlow strie fabric has just the right color, but it also possesses gorgeous weight and looks impeccably tailored.  To contrast the more refined fabric and trim, I used upholstery tacks along the seat back edge.  This raw detail makes it a touch more casual and approachable.  This is a seat, after all, and made to be sat on.  I believe that every piece that goes into a home should be used.  I remember the first time a sat in this space, with the light just right, and how  it made me feel.  It really was a lovely moment.

What are your favorite moments in your home?

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6 Responses to Favorite Spaces: Our Sitting Area

  1. Love it! The colors and texture are so beautiful! I bought nautical charts of Lisbon, Portugal, where my hubby and I met and mounted them on foam core matboard and then made chunky frames for them…such a beautiful way to decorate with a little personal touch. Happy New Year and congrats on your pregnancy!

  2. Amy,
    I love the versatility of the seating, but my favorite is the nautical map.


  3. Steph. says:

    Yes, I just LOVE those moments….and I find that they are often about the right light and a feeling of peacefulness and beauty. This vignette is so pretty! 🙂

  4. Julie Northrup says:

    Just wondering if the casters on the bench cause scratching on the wood floor? I have glides on all of my furniture to prevent scratching, but I never know how to approach the casters!

  5. Amy– We built a windowseat addition (http://www.applesandrubies.blogspot.com/2012/02/exterior-shots-of-windowseat-and-winner.html), and even though the interior trim and actual window seat are not built yet, I have a loveseat pulled in and am so happy to sit and take in the view – especially if it is snowing. I had dreamed about what it would be like to add this space, and now the views are there and it makes me so happy!

    Happy New Year!

  6. I want to see more! Love this snapshot and I’m sure the rest of the room is just as beautiful. I have a similar entry area in my home that opens into the living room, where I also have a bench, but it’s not quite as functional as yours (smaller, no back or casters). Love the vessels and the planking, too.

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