Kick Back, Put Your Feet Up by Cottage Windows
There's something about a chintz, slipcovered sofa and a rattan built for slouching that says, "Go ahead, live in this house." The kids aren't scolded for being kids. They love that Tiffany lamp enough to protect it. If a ball crashes through that enchanting multi-paned window, only a pane or two will have to be replaced. The family artist will explain how early glass was hand blown, and wood muntins held together enough pieces for a large window. The carpet is a tough-as-nails level loop design. Almost nothing stains it. Two or three generations often sit on the floor around the coffee table to learn "Clue" or Hearts. Gramps will goad everyone out into the verdant back yard to participate in croquet or horse shoes. A lot of family history and national tradition is nurtured in cottages like this. Long may they stand.