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I don't know about you, but there has been a lot of reading going on in the last few months at my house. Sometimes I reach for already-read novels, sometimes I exhaust all new titles in the genre of the moment (Victorian ghost stories, anyone?), and sometimes I reading about people and places I've never heard of just to feel like I'm becoming more informed. Looking for something new to read? Featured here are three entertaining books that I have read, two recently and one not, each one paired with a cottage style chair reflecting the book's personality. Because no matter what the content, a good book deserves a great chair.   Comfort is Key If your book is compelling enough, sometimes you will realize that you have been reading until the sunlight has faded, oblivious to the discomfort of old metal lawn furniture. But there's no need for that - especially when we have a large selection of attractive and comfy seating. Our cottage seating ranges from rockers and wooden chairs and stools to upholstered and slipcovered pieces and benches. Whether you read indoors our outdoors, or a little of both, we have suitable seating options upon which you should read your novella or biography.   Inspire Your Setting The first selection above (1) is our Outer Banks Wicker Heirloom Chair, from our Cottage Wicker Collection. Its generous, fanned-out silhouette seems a perfect chair choice for reading a biography about Beryl Markham. I can picture Beryl in the 1920s and 1930s lounging in this rustic wicker chair, taking a break from hard work and sharing a drink on the veranda of her favorite Kenyan bar, the Muthaiga Club. Never heard of her? Besides being the first person (man or woman) to successfully fly an airplane solo east to west across the Atlantic Ocean in 1936, statuesque Beryl was an author and award-winning professional horse trainer. Raised by her father in the Kenyan bush alongside the native people, she had an adventurous life that included hunting and scouting game, even a British Royal Prince. For the rest of her radically unconventional life she was paid hush money by the Crown... and she looked fabulous into her 80s to boot. The central selection (2) is from our Summer House Upholstered Collection - the Pepperrell Cove Upholstered Bench. Customization is a breeze with hundreds of fabrics to choose from. I chose this long and lean piece for the famous couturiere - Coco Chanel. I can see her perch lightly on this sofa-length bench for just un moment - perhaps to sip a pernod - pleased with the simple lines and contrasting pattern. Many of us know Chanel -  her style, her aesthetic. But the secrets she harbored numbered more than her weight and perfume formula. Liaisons of all kinds, from passionate to practical, filled this busy grand dame's life. Not to mention that she came from nothing. She sprung herself from an orphanage straight into Belle Epoque Paris, found some heavy-hitting friends and got to work creating tirelessly. Her new biography reveals arrangements she held with the Nazi occupiers of war-torn France. In sympathy or for survival? We may never know. The last cottage chair selection (3) is from our uniquely styled Rustic Hickory Twig Furniture collection. Backwoods know-how and steambent hickory and oak are what makes it look so cool. I can picture settling down in this rocking chair to listen to the sounds from a steamy bayou and hear a good old murder tale. OK - so I read this book a long time ago now. Or did I just see the movie? No - I would never do such a thing. So besides knowing that this book contains a murder, and some antiques, as well as voodoo and a creepy statue on the cover, I don't remember the details. But I remember the setting, the old, genteel squares of Savannah as well as the eerie kudzu-covered side of Savannah. And of course certain characters like Lady Chablis and the voodoo priestess Minerva definitely made an impression. This country style rocker is the best place to comfortably hear a story filled with fear, revenge and ghosts - the gentle rocking of your own flesh and blood will stave off the spirits!   Choose Your Colors Shown in Acorn, the Outer Banks Wicker Heirloom Chair is available in 20 available colors (including Natural). Buttercup is shown (top right) because it shows off Beryl's hair For the Pepperrell Cove Upholstered Bench, the leg selection shown is Dune. However, there are eighteen total leg colors as well, and any Benjamin Moore paint color can be added to your bench to further make it your own. Our Bentwood Rocker looks jaunty in Old Red, but there are a baker's dozen of other colors to choose from, including pretty Bishop Blue (shown at bottom left).   Book credits: 1) Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham by Mary S. 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Today's cottage style is all about comfort. It allows you to be a little more eclectic in your selections, and feel free to add elements of décor that might not work in another setting. You can use your most cherished family heirlooms; flea market finds and slightly ornate pieces to create a surprisingly harmonious look. It is a forgiving décor choice that mixes old and new seamlessly allowing you to surround yourself with the items you love. Here are the key items your cottage home living room will need to pull off cottage style.

Comfy Seating

The amount of seating you require is based on how much space you have to spare. At the least, your living room will need a sofa, and ideally, have at least one accent chair or a loveseat. The cottage home living room invites people to sit and stay awhile. If you have a focal point in the room such as a TV, fireplace or even a stunning view of the garden or waterfront, consider how your seating can work around the focal point. This creates better flow while showing off your room’s best features.

In larger rooms, you can designate additional seating where people can feel free to sit and read, chat in more intimate groups or enjoy the best elements of your room. Your seating can include a sofa and loveseat, sofa with one or two accent chairs, or a sectional. Consider the room’s configuration and measurements as well as opportunities to create charming “nooks” or meditative spots where seating will work to make the room more functional and attractive.

Don’t be afraid to introduce less plush seating options such as a natural finish or painted wooden bench, wicker chair or even an antique dining chair carefully placed.

Eclectic Tables

Additionally, your cottage home living room will need an accent table or two flanking the couch. Comfortable seating becomes awkward if people have nowhere to place their cup of coffee or glass of wine. Tables should be eclectic, allowing you to have some fun or evoke a different feeling. For example, if your sofa is more formal in its fabrics you can choose to add an unexpected design element with a roughhewn, distressed coffee or end tables, while a more casual sofa can contrast with slightly more ornate table legs. Don’t be afraid to choose a mix of painted tables, natural wood finishes or even wicker to add to the less formal look of your room.

Once again, space will dictate how many tables you can accommodate. If you have an open, airier room, consider adding a little desk and chair overlooking your best view, or facing the wall for more privacy. And when space allows, a charming sofa table is perfect for placing some of your favorite accents, including lighting, to create a warm ambiance in the evening.

Unconventional Media Centers

A television and other media can really ruin the look of your cottage home living room. However, in smaller homes where you can’t designate a separate room for movies, TV or gaming, you can get creative and introduce cottage friendly furnishings to accommodate your media needs.

Some examples would include distressed or painted wood:

  • Big screen TV cabinets ideal for hiding wall-mounted media
  • Armoires to accommodate all your media
  • Antique styled cabinets with doors to cover up all the media and wires
  • Buffet style sideboards or cabinets
  • Interesting bookshelves
  • Cottage style consoles

Think beyond the modern furnishings used for media and look for unique, one of a kind pieces. Consider customizing a media center based on the wood and/or color scheme in the room to really create a diverse and whimsical look.

Masterful Storage

Media might not be the only items requiring storage. Your living room might serve multiple purposes from a kids’ playroom to your primary room for entertaining. You’ll need storage to keep things neat. This also allows you to use space as wisely as possible in smaller rooms. Some ideas for storage might include painted, distressed or beautifully finished wood pieces such as sideboards, cabinets, bookshelves and even trunks.

Consider multi-purpose pieces for storage such as benches, upholstered ottomans and coffee tables. Pretty woven or wicker baskets can keep things neat, while smaller furnishings such as drawered end tables and cabinets also work well.

Clever Computer Camouflage

Much like your media center, you might require a spot for your computer. Whether you work from home, need a place for the kids to do their homework, or just have nowhere else to place your computer, you’ll want to have clever ways to camouflage all that technology. Computer cabinets are the perfect option, as they tend to be taller than they are wide and include a pullout desk when you need to get to work.

These key items allow you to create a stunning cottage home living room that appears effortless, cozy and absolutely inviting.

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I don't know about you, but there has been a lot of reading going on in the last few months at my house. Sometimes I reach for already-read novels, sometimes I exhaust all new titles in the genre of the moment (Victorian ghost stories, anyone?), and sometimes I reading about people and places I've never heard of just to feel like I'm becoming more informed. Looking for something new to read? Featured here are three entertaining books that I have read, two recently and one not, each one paired with a cottage style chair reflecting the book's personality. Because no matter what the content, a good book deserves a great chair.   Comfort is Key If your book is compelling enough, sometimes you will realize that you have been reading until the sunlight has faded, oblivious to the discomfort of old metal lawn furniture. But there's no need for that - especially when we have a large selection of attractive and comfy seating. Our cottage seating ranges from rockers and wooden chairs and stools to upholstered and slipcovered pieces and benches. Whether you read indoors our outdoors, or a little of both, we have suitable seating options upon which you should read your novella or biography.   Inspire Your Setting The first selection above (1) is our Outer Banks Wicker Heirloom Chair, from our Cottage Wicker Collection. Its generous, fanned-out silhouette seems a perfect chair choice for reading a biography about Beryl Markham. I can picture Beryl in the 1920s and 1930s lounging in this rustic wicker chair, taking a break from hard work and sharing a drink on the veranda of her favorite Kenyan bar, the Muthaiga Club. Never heard of her? Besides being the first person (man or woman) to successfully fly an airplane solo east to west across the Atlantic Ocean in 1936, statuesque Beryl was an author and award-winning professional horse trainer. Raised by her father in the Kenyan bush alongside the native people, she had an adventurous life that included hunting and scouting game, even a British Royal Prince. For the rest of her radically unconventional life she was paid hush money by the Crown... and she looked fabulous into her 80s to boot. The central selection (2) is from our Summer House Upholstered Collection - the Pepperrell Cove Upholstered Bench. Customization is a breeze with hundreds of fabrics to choose from. I chose this long and lean piece for the famous couturiere - Coco Chanel. I can see her perch lightly on this sofa-length bench for just un moment - perhaps to sip a pernod - pleased with the simple lines and contrasting pattern. Many of us know Chanel -  her style, her aesthetic. But the secrets she harbored numbered more than her weight and perfume formula. Liaisons of all kinds, from passionate to practical, filled this busy grand dame's life. Not to mention that she came from nothing. She sprung herself from an orphanage straight into Belle Epoque Paris, found some heavy-hitting friends and got to work creating tirelessly. Her new biography reveals arrangements she held with the Nazi occupiers of war-torn France. In sympathy or for survival? We may never know. The last cottage chair selection (3) is from our uniquely styled Rustic Hickory Twig Furniture collection. Backwoods know-how and steambent hickory and oak are what makes it look so cool. I can picture settling down in this rocking chair to listen to the sounds from a steamy bayou and hear a good old murder tale. OK - so I read this book a long time ago now. Or did I just see the movie? No - I would never do such a thing. So besides knowing that this book contains a murder, and some antiques, as well as voodoo and a creepy statue on the cover, I don't remember the details. But I remember the setting, the old, genteel squares of Savannah as well as the eerie kudzu-covered side of Savannah. And of course certain characters like Lady Chablis and the voodoo priestess Minerva definitely made an impression. This country style rocker is the best place to comfortably hear a story filled with fear, revenge and ghosts - the gentle rocking of your own flesh and blood will stave off the spirits!   Choose Your Colors Shown in Acorn, the Outer Banks Wicker Heirloom Chair is available in 20 available colors (including Natural). Buttercup is shown (top right) because it shows off Beryl's hair For the Pepperrell Cove Upholstered Bench, the leg selection shown is Dune. However, there are eighteen total leg colors as well, and any Benjamin Moore paint color can be added to your bench to further make it your own. Our Bentwood Rocker looks jaunty in Old Red, but there are a baker's dozen of other colors to choose from, including pretty Bishop Blue (shown at bottom left).   Book credits: 1) Straight on Till Morning: The Biography of Beryl Markham by Mary S. 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