Guest Sitting Area Pictures From Blog Cabin 2012

A casual sitting area that overlooks the side yard of Blog Cabin continues the guest bedroom's cozy lodge theme with an eclectic mix of furnishings and storytelling accessories.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

A wool and cotton rug, woven in a chevron pattern, brightens the guest sitting area. "There's a nice contrast between the light rug and the dark floor," says Laura. "It adds lightness to the room because there are only two small windows in the space."

A sleeper sofa topped with an eclectic mix of pillows echoes the bedroom's color scheme.

A cozy seat or cocktail table, a natural hair-on-hide ottoman is just one of several unusual textures that lend warmth to the space.

"We liked this coffee table," says Laura of the industrial-chic furnishing. "We thought that it tied into the space but had a nice mix of sleek and modern."

Mustard-yellow and brick-red accessories were chosen to counter a light gray wall shade. Chevron-style pillows lend the final pop of contrast.

Mindful of space, the Good Housekeeping team selected a diminutive writing desk that offers a place for guests to write letters, surf the Web or journal.

Mirrors encourage light reflection and express the lodge theme in a subtle way.

Vintage snowshoes lend a touch of Maine flavor. "They filled the space in a more interesting way than regular artwork," says Laura. "There's texture there, it's a real object."

A desk chair in a dark wood stain complements dark tones of wood flooring.

A vintage Maine license plate, purchased at a local antiques shop, turns wall art. "We needed to do that local shopping to give the room some real personality," says Laura.