Come on in and sit a spell. I cannot count the times I’ve heard this over the course of my life, mostly from my grandmother. At its core, this southern saying describes what these living rooms invite us to do: sit down, talk about life and hopefully, laugh a bit.

What is better than a room that begs you to stay and talk? I ran across these images on My Home Ideas and fell for the idea. On a side note, for those of you who read this who aren’t making your home in the south, askville.com reports that “sit a spell” means to sit down a while and spend some time talking with us – not run off without sharing what’s on your mind. It also means sit down a while and listen to what we’re saying.” I’m such a sit-a-spell kind of girl.