Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cozying up

In my quest for a cozy shouse I have been busy putting up curtains, making door snakes and rearranging furniture.  Now, I know that moving furniture around doesn't qualify for any federal energy tax credits, but perhaps it should!

Our kitchen is a little unconventional, having a love seat, rocking chair and tea table, but we rather like it that way.  In the summer, we position the love seat and rocking chair opposite each other and put the tea table in the middle.   Now that the fall air has that tell-tale bite, it is time to get cozy.  To that end, I have re-arranged the kitchen furniture.

The first order of business was moving the hooked carpet right up next to the stove.  It is a perfect place for children to play, all snugly and warm!  Then, I pulled the love seat toward the wood cook stove, at an angle, to capture more of the enveloping warmth.  I moved the tea table out and replaced it with an old library podium positioned between the love seat and the rocking chair.  I slipped a wooden box, that houses a Petromax gas lamp, right up next to the love seat, so the person sitting on that end would have a handy spot to put her teacup.  Not having the tea table lets us stretch out toward the fire and warm our tootsies on a cold winter night.

I can't wait for the snow!


  1. That last photo perfectly illustrates the warm & welcoming mood you set out to accomplished in your kitchen. Absolutely wonderful.

    NoCal Gal

  2. I think you are my seperated at birth sister.

  3. I thought for years I was the only one who lived a less than conventional life. It is comforting knowing there are so many kindred spirits living in my neck of the woods. It is amazing, isn't it, that when you strip away the fluff of society and concentrate on what really matters, how content a person can be with the few things that a person really needs. I commend you and your husband for your courage to live like you do and raise your children the way you do. God bless.

  4. I'm glad I'm not the only woman out there who moves the furniture seasonally to take advantage and/or avoid the draft from the windows/heat from the fireplace!

  5. Looks like Heaven to me!

    Bill Smith

  6. does the wood cook stove heat the house or do you have to have another wood stove? my hubby and i are currently using a wood furnace in our basement, but want to add a wood burner in our main living area that we can use that does not take electric! thanks and God Bless, ann from KY

  7. Bill;

    Sir Knight and I were talking last night - and we are in complete agreement. It is a little bit of heaven!


    Our wood cookstove does heat our house. We have used it exclusively for the last 13 years to heat our home. It was designed to heat a 1500 square foot home. It is Amish made. We bought it from Lehman's years ago and have never regretted it for a minute! They make a smaller one also. They are air tight so they hold a fire overnight. Can't praise them enough!

    Enola Gay