Thursday, March 30, 2017

Deep Thoughts

Cottage Sofa - part 1


I've been oversnowed with work lately and so, no I haven't forgotten I have to keep you updated with what's going on at Cottage, I'm just running after time.

Je suis complètement débordée par les copies, les cours à préparer et les réunions passionnantes en ce moment. Ce n'est pas que je vous oublie, c'est juste que je cours après le temps... Et qu'il court plus vite que moi.

 
Still, I thought it was worth taking a moment to share the following conversation...

Mais je crois que cela vaut la peine de prendre un moment pour vous rapporter la conversation suivante...

1.
Cottage: It's spring! It's spring! It feels so good to have some warm sunshine on my old stones.

Petite Blonde: I'm happy too to be able to spend some time in the garden...

Cottage: Now, can I talk to you seriously? There's something bugging me.

Me: Sure. What's on your mind?

2.

Cottage : C'est le printemps, c'est le printemps  ! Comme c'est bon de retrouver la chaleur du soleil sur mes vieilles pierres.

Petite Blonde : Moi aussi, je suis bien contente de pouvoir à nouveau passer du temps dans le jardin.

Cottage : Je peux te poser une question ? Il y a un truc qui me travaille.

Petite Blonde : Bien sûr, dis-moi ce qui te tracasse.

3.
Cottage: All winter, as you were reading your usual decoration blogs, I noticed that everybody bragged that their cottage was "hygge", whatever that means... Am I hygge?

Petite Blonde: Cottage, you know how much I love you, but...

Cottage: Oh, don't sugar-coat it! I'm not hygge, am I? That is so sad, it seemed such a geat thing to be!

Petite Blonde: No, don't take it too hard. You've improved so much since we've met. Do you realise how much cosier you are now that your roof has been insulated?

4.
Cottage : Tout l'hiver, quand tu lisais tes blogs de déco, j'ai remarqué que tous les autres écrivaient que leur maison était "hygge" (si vous avez raté ça, c'est une forme danoise de la notion de "cosy"). Et moi, je suis "hygge" ?

Petite Blonde : Cottage, tu sais combien je t'adore, mais...

Cottage : Oh, ça va, pas la peine de prendre des gants. Je ne suis pas hygge, c'est ça, hein ? Zut, ça avait l'air tellement bien.

Petite Blonde: Ne le prends pas mal, tu as déjà fait tellement de progrès. Tu es quand même plus cosy depuis que ton toit est tout isolé.

5.
Cottage: But I want to keep improving! Let's go through that list of hygge things... Ah, hot cocoa. This is an easy thing to do and it's not expensive. We could drink hot cocoa!

Petite Blonde: Cottage, you know I don't like hot cocoa. I don't see how hygge it would be to do something I don't like.

Cottage: Right. What about candles? The list says to light lots of candles and you love soft light.

 Petite Blonde: Candles? Inside? You mean burning paraffin indoor? Are you crazy?

6.

Cottage : Mais je veux continuer à m'améliorer ! Prenons une de ces listes de trucs hygge qui pullule sur Internet. Ah, tiens "boire une tasse de chocolat chaud", ça, on peut le faire.

Petite Blonde : Cottage, ne fais pas celui qui ignore que je n'aime pas le chocolat chaud. Cela ne peut pas être "hygge" de faire un truc qu'on n'aime pas.

Cottage : Ben, voyons. Et les bougies ? La liste dit d'allumer plein de bougies et je sais que tu aimes les lumières douces. 

Petite Blonde : Des bougies en paraffine de pétrole ? A l'intérieur ? Tu n'es pas un peu fou ?

7.
Cottage: I feel it's going to be no... You're SO complicated. Now can you do number three on the list? Curl up on the sofa with a good book? You can't deny you love reading!

Petite Blonde: Good point, good point...

Cottage: I know there's a "but" coming after that (and not the one that supposed to be on the sofa).

Petite Blonde: NEVERTHELESS, our sofa is the most unconfortable thing ever... It was great to use as a sofa/bed when I was a student in Paris...

8.
Cottage : Oh, là, je sens que c'est non. Tu es trop compliquée. Bon, et le numéro trois sur la liste ? S'installer dans le canapé avec un bon livre ? Tu ne peux pas me dire que tu n'aimes pas lire.

Petite Blonde : C'est vrai, c'est vrai...

Cottage : Je sens venir un  "mais".

Petite Blonde : NEANMOINS, notre canapé est tout sauf confortable et tu vois bien que je ne m'y installe jamais. Il était juste pratique pour faire canapé-lit quand j'étais étudiante à Paris...

9.
Cottage: I can't win! All the other cottages on blogland are going to make fun of me...

Petite Blonde: Now, now, don't cry, it's not good for the humidity level... I've been meaning to change the sofa forever for something a little more cosy, with arms and comfy sitting as on my inspiration pictures... Maybe I can do something for you...

10.
Cottage : Tu ne fais aucun effort ! Tous les autres cottages sur Internet vont se moquer de moi...

Petite Blonde : Non, non, ne pleure pas, ce n'est pas bon pour le taux d'humidité de la maison... De toute façon, je voulais le changer, ce canapé, en trouver un plus  confortable avec des accoudoirs et j'ai, comme tu le constates, plein de photos d'inspiration... Je peux sûrement faire quelque chose pour toi...

11.
Cottage: Thank y.... Oh, don't tell me now you're going to agonise about which sofa you want for weeks...

Me: Maybe... or maybe not... That's for the next episode anyway!

12.
Cottage : Merci... Attends, ne me dis pas que maintenant tu vas hésiter pendant des semaines entre différents canapés, faire des listes de "pour", des listes de "contre", voire des tableaux comparatifs...

Petite Blonde : Peut-être que pour une fois, je sais ce que je veux... Et je le prouve dans le prochain épisode !

13.

See you soon, 

A bientôt,

Hasta la proxima,



PS1: All the sources for the inspiration pictures and more inspiration pictures can be found on my Pinterest board, untitled "Living Room Ideas" (yes, I had much inspiration when I found this title)...


PS 1 : Les sources pour toutes les photos d'inspiration peuvent se trouver en rendant une petite visite à mon dossier Pinterest "Living Room Ideas". Il y a aussi des tonnes d'autres photos, si vous voulez y passer un peu de temps.

PS2: What kind of sofa can you imagine in Cottage's living-room?

PS 2: Et vous, quel canapé imagineriez-vous pour Cottage ?

37 comments:

  1. Bonjour Cottage, salut Magali!

    WOW! What a conversation! Cottage, you are divine. La Petite Blonde has every intention to continue your progress, but you are sweet already and much loved! Much inspiration collected here and the small elements in each photo that make those homes "HYGGE", you will get them. It will just take some money and a little time. It will happen!!!

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  2. Coucou Magali,
    moi je verrais bien un canapé comme celui qui se trouve sur la 7ème photo avec des coussins confortables et un joli plaid en laine douillet pour regarder la télé en étant juste bien
    se dire même qu'ici on est bien mieux qu'ailleurs, enfin tu vois quoi
    Bon je vais patienter jusqu'au prochain post pour découvrir ce que tu as choisi
    je ne doute pas que le choix a du être difficile
    Belle fin de semaine

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  3. I think cottage and PB are well on the way to HYGGE! You have compiled a great source for inspiration, I love something in ever photo. I see a big creamy white slip covered sofa in cottage for PB to curl up and read her books.......Cottage is getting there.

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  4. I love all of your inspiration pictures. I have some of the same ones pinned. We're planning to get a new sofa in the near future as well and I know it's going to be an agonizing decision. Don't worry, Cottage, we would never make fun of you - we have all signed the blogland anti-bullying pledge! : )

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  5. Hi..i hope cottage gets his way sooner then later..i know what you mean about a comfy sofa..i got 2 sleeper sofa's..they're a single bed size..they're so comfy i find myself falling asleep watching tv more often then not..so maybe cottage should see a list of things that HAVE been done..an that's some beautiful inspiration you have there..i like..5..8 &10 for cottage..an look forward to seeing what you get..but most importantly how cottage likes it..i hope you have a nice relaxing weekend.!!

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  6. Ohhh, the suspense is killing me. I love velvet, and it's practical with cats and ver hygge. Can't wait to see what you chose.

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  7. A rolled arm, comfy cushions, and a neutral color, so you can add colorful afghans, quilts and pillows ( for you and kitties ). Perhaps No. 9 and 12. Mr, Cottage has his own Hygge going on:)
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Rolled arms are non-negociable!!! Reveal will be posted soon!

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  8. voilà! c'est exactement ce que je me suis dit en voyant la 1 ère photo : changer le canapé !! et la suite m'a donné raison,
    Ils sont tous très beaux et le choix ne sera que réussi , Magali
    je rajouterais peut être un tapis ?
    Odile

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  9. Oh, poor Cottage! So impatient! But it's the age-old problem for all of us -- money and time! I have a bonus room above our garage that needs new sofas and chairs. When one sits on a sofa, she pretty much sinks right to the floor (almost!). But what I want costs too much money, and what my husband wants, I don't like! Maybe that will make Cottage feel a little better! :) I love #1, #7, and #8 of your inspiration photos. The tiny bits of pink with the blue and white would be so pretty in Cottage. I can also see a cute little heater in your fireplace! What plans do you have for that?

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    1. I also had to compromise between what I really wanted and what I could afford for the sofa... But the cats seem happy with my choice!

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    2. You made a good choice! And as long as the cats are happy, I'm happy too! :)

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  10. 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . 9 . 10 . 11 . 12 . à part la couleur sont dans le même style confortable. Pour moi, je prendrais un compromis entre ceux la et le 13ème. Je m'explique, il y a des canapés très sympas comme les quasi 12 premiers avec une seule assise longue, quand tu veux être assise, tu te mets sur l'assise normale et quand tu veux avoir les jambes allongées tu te mets sur l'assise longue.
    Cottage va être ravi si tu n'as aucune hésitation et tu auras le salon trèd accueillant et confortable.
    Caresses aux griffus. Bises. Babette

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  11. I know whatever sofa you choose will be perfect for Cottage. You have a good track record. I have to tell you that I am absolutely smitten with your #4 inspiration photo. How gorgeous is that! Positively my style. Love it! xo

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  12. I can't wait to see what you choose. I know it will be perfect. xo Laura

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  13. I think my sofa is completely satisfied with our sofa, but I am not. I've been looking too, but my issue is slipcovers or leather. Lulu brings in so much sand and my white slipcovers stay crisp and white for about 2 hours after a washing. I saw a gorgeous navy blue leather sofa in a pic, but of course can't find it anywhere.

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  14. I love the room on photo #4, but my favorite sofa is the one in photo #8. Some think fabric on a sofa is more work (it's not), but leather is so cold to sit on! brrr! Can't wait to see what you choose for Mr. Cottage.

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    1. Reveal will be posted as soon as I have some free time!

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  15. I just adore your home! The decor is perfect and so enchanting and inviting. I think it is my favorite!! Love the styles and colors.

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  16. Oh poor Cottage, he wants to be so proud of everything. Doesn't he realize all the work you have done to the Cottage. I am sure you will pick the right comfortable sofa when you see the one you really want.

    Mary

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  17. Lovely inspiration photos. Can't wait to see what you pick for Cottage! Happy Spring!

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  18. Oh dear Magali, I've just been catching up with your recent posts ...
    Your cottage is coming along well and I await with interest to see which sofa you choose.

    Take care and have a lovely weekend

    All the best Jan

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  19. 4 and especially 8 of reminiscent of your sitting room. Blue, gray, white, cream... you can't go wrong. Just watch the scale in relation to the room. I look forward to the future choice. xoox Su

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  20. I'm in love with no. 8!! The rolled back and arms and grain sack fabric- gorgeous and cozy looking, too! Thanks for sharing all the lovely photos, Magali, and have a great weekend!

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  21. I love your conversation...so real and true. Everything gets done in its own time. I feel for you with the sofa decision. I have a gorgeously strong and beautifully made sofa but it had faded over time. I had it reupholstered for 1/8 of the cost of a new one. Might you check into that? You can pop by my latest post to see it.:)

    Jane x

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  22. Go with what makes your heart go pitter patter!

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  23. I know that you have given this a lot of thought and you've been inspired, too, so whatever choice you make will be the right one. Can't wait to see it!

    Poppy

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  24. Curieusement, la photo 7 me dit quelque chose sur ton inspiration. Il y a vraiment de jolis intérieurs bien cosy... Mais Cottage n'a rien à envier aux autres. Bises. Mary

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  25. I wondered about cozy furniture for your living space! No matter what, it will be lovely.

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  26. My money is on #1, 6 or 8 for cottage. But all of them are fabulous!

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  27. I love deep thoughts, especially before breakfast. What will it be?
    Amalia
    xo

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  28. Fabulous conversation, Magali (or Petite Blonde), which made me smile. I had to look HYGGE up though...

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