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What is a Keeping Room?

I keep getting asked what a keeping room is all the time. Here is my Keeping room… so what is it exactly?

Keeping rooms can be tracked back to 18th-century Colonial America, when most cooking was done around a home’s only fireplace. Since this was the warmest part of the house, family members were drawn to the kitchen; but to avoid being underfoot and annoying the chef, they gathered in the next closest area: the keeping room. It was typically furnished with a comfortable couch, where they could lounge and accomplish small tasks such as sewing or writing letters.

Now it is used as a room where family and friends can relax and keep the cook company. We have loved ours for that very reason.

I have changed the furniture out often in this room. First we had our HomeReserve couch in here. I turned it into a lounging couch of sort. It was so great in here. But then we decided to move the lounging couch in front of the TV and add a few more seating options in the keeping room.

I swapped out the grey and added some light color furniture with some wood accents to warm the space up. This is one of our favorite rooms. We spend a lot of time here as a family. If I were ever to build a house again I would make sure to incorporate a keeping room.

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