Does cottage living attract a certain person, or do you change?
I thought the post on "cottage changes personality" was about how someone changed because of cottage living. While the post was actually about changes to the cottage (and very beautiful by the way) it made me think...is a person attracted to cottage/smaller home because of their personality, or does living in the smaller home influence us?
It would be difficult for me to live in a very small home (under 800 square ft.) but I do like the flexibility of a few larger rooms. I think the key to living in smaller spaces is flexibility. It's hard to have several formal/specific use rooms in a small home, so I think we all find ways to be creative with the spaces we do have.
While I used to dream of a fancy Victorian home, my ideal home would now have a very large living room, with a fireplace and bay window with room for a game table. It would also have a large kitchen, with space for a woodstove, table and small seating area in a sunny corner. I don't use a formal dining room, but for special occasions/holidays, I could put leaves in the game table and make that end of the living room a beautiful dining space. Of couse, there's nothing wrong with some pretty moldings and trim work, but I think my next home will be sort of like a country cottage, with functional spaces and lots of room for books and family. Gathering spaces, rather than being broken up into many separate spaces :)
What about you? Have you always loved smaller homes? Has being in a smaller home changed the way you think of housing? Do you prefer open spaces or separate living/family/dining rooms?