Se7en’s "Survival of the Season" Spot

Se7en’s "Survival of the Season" Spot

Tammy Everts
Jan 20, 2010

Oh, what we wouldn't give to have AT reader Se7en's problem right now. She and her family of ten (that's right: two parents and eight kiddos) live in beautiful, sunny Cape Town, South Africa, where it is hot, hot, hot. To beat the heat without sacrificing comfiness, she moved a big sofa right outside onto a previously unused bit of patio, where it stays in a cool patch of shade for most of the day. (If you like this little set-up, click through to check out the view from the sofa.)

Says Se7en of this simple-yet-inspired bit of furniture relocation (which she blogs about here on her website):

I adjourn there after lunch and just being there in the afternoon means everyone knows where to find me… and I get a number of visitors, lots of lovely chats and funny events, lots of lectures, lots of stories, but a picture tells a thousand million words.

What makes this set-up really work (other than the absolutely lovely view) is the rich blue color of the sofa and exterior wall, along with the wonderful mix of patterns -- madras, stripes and batik -- in the pillows and blankets. This definitely beats white plastic furniture any day of the week.

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