Okay...so if you read the blog regularly you've heard me mention that years ago I rode horses. I loved riding. Before work and on the weekends around 4 times a week, I would get up early early, put on my riding boots and pants, get down to the stable, tack up my horse (I leased a horse...I know...who knew you could lease and animal) and would spend an hour or so trotting, cantering and walking in circles. I stopped riding because I fell off the horse (not a proverb) and got back on (like you are supposed to) but then was a terrified wreck every time I rode after that minor fall. I still love horses and everything to do with riding. I especially loved going down to the barn and spending time with the horse before and after the ride. Don't get me wrong...am not one of those total animal people...I happen to have a dog (Mr. Boo) and I rode a leased horse for 5 years (Kip) but that is it - so it is a bit out of character for me to be doing the animal talk thing. I did like the whole horse culture though with the stables, the barn, the idea of a simpler life in the country ( I had to do a lot of imagining about that life while riding because I worked out with the horse at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center which is so far from the country and right on the side of a major freeway).
Anyhoooo...enough already with me waxing on and on and on and on and on about horses, me riding blah blah blah.
The point of the rambling does indeed tie into today's post.
Today I bring you a converted stable as the featured house in SEE THIS HOUSE. It is in Sweden. A converted stable or barn.
I like this home...modern and country classic at the same time. I also think the brick floors are kind of interesting...don't know if I could live with them on a day to day basis but the floors certainly work in a home that was once a horse stable. Take a look and let me know what you think!
|The living room inside a converted barn features brick floors, wood ceilings and a modern fireplace mantel. (above)|
|Metal cafe chairs with furry modern cushions surround a traditional white farmhouse table in the home's dining area. (above)|
|The open kitchen dining area space is all white with black granite counters and appliances and that brick floor. (above)|
|The gas range is in black with a white tile backsplash. Stove from Smeg. (above)|
|Here's where the brick floors end...the master bedroom is on the first floor too but has wood floors, nice windows, lots of light and a little crystal chandelier over a reading area. (above)|
|Okay...I like the cement Moroccan tile floor in the bathroom. Notice the shower is not enclosed and the floor is continuous throughout the bath! Love this. (above)|
|I'd be happy to stay in this light guest bedroom with it's sloped ceilings and it's plaid pillows. (above and below)|
What do you think of this stable converted into a home? Like or dislike? Is it too quaint for you or could you live in this style home? Please weigh in!
P.S. Giving - Hmmm...pondering a COCOCOZY Collection giveaway here on the blog or on COCOCOZY Pinterest or COCOCOZY Twitter or something. I started the COCOCOZY Home Furnishings collection 1 year and 5 months ago. It has been quite a ride, we're still hard at work and have so much growing to do...but lots has happened in the last year including having dozens of stores pick up the collection and I have some exciting announcements to make regarding some partnerships later this year.
P.P.S. Giveaway? - So now am pondering a possible giveaway for either this week or next Monday (so much for having a clear plan as I think out loud here on the blog). As a thanks for you all being so supportive over the course of the last year and half, I would like to do a little giving back both to readers and why not help out a charity too. Let's see...is this too complicated...you tell me? Am thinking of giving away two COCOCOZY Throws here on the blog (or to Pinterest followers or something) and then separately but in the same spirit of giving also donating the retail value of two throws to one of my favorite charities listed here on the left. I wish I could give away more...but am still a small business...but want to say thanks to you readers and wanted to give back to others in general. Too complicated? I know...but I feel like giving and why not give readers a chance to get a throw and then give a little help to a charity. They are kind of unrelated but I figure if I give away something to you all, I should also give back to my community too. Make sense? Or no? Be honest. Are there any throws you just covet...and that I should make as one of two throws?
P.P.P.S. I should start a weekly star siting segment on the blog...this past weekend I saw actor Mark Wahlberg in the vitamin section at Whole Foods. Not that you care...but thought I would share.
P.P.P.P.S. Anyhoo...happy Wednesday again. Appreciate you all so much.
Photos: Hus o Hem