I’ve wanted a “keeping room” ever since I saw this image from designer Mark D. Sikes’ home tour:
So, technically, a keeping room is a little spot off of the kitchen, originally designed in colonial times as a place where the family could sleep when it was cold and still be heated by the stove. While I have no intention of anyone sleeping there—ever—I do like the idea of a little hang-out spot near the kitchen. (You know, where my kids will sit and play games quietly and talk to me about their days while I cook a huge meal that includes actual side dishes. Ha! In a perfect world, far, far away. . .)
So, here’s the deal. I don’t have an actual keeping room in this house. Just a small room (formally the dining room) adjacent to the kitchen that I’m hoping to make a cozy little den/piano room/sitting room. I guess I could call it something else, but “keeping room” just sounds so much more fun. :)
See, it does function as a keeping room already. It keeps all the stuff I don’t know what to do with yet! The long-term dream for this space is to eventually make it part of the kitchen and possibly knock out a wall. . . The short-term plan is to do something fun just to see if I like it. I think it’ll look something like this:
I’m actually hoping this might be the room no one wants to hang out in, except for me. One can dream. . .
In case you missed it earlier, you can find the full “before” tour here.