Occasionally, I’ll see a kid’s backyard playhouse and think about how it would make a cool office, but it’s rare. So, when I saw the after version of this basic playhouse, I had to a double take to make sure it wasn’t an actual house. Want to see how it turned out?
Way back in ’09, Jennifer posted the most remarkable reveal of her Old Painted Cottage. Although the entire home was made over, we’re going to look at the kitchen today. Talk about being a shadow of its former self.
Whether you’re a fan of the cottage look or not, I’d encourage you to visit Jennifer’s reveal page. Plus, there’s a TON more pictures of her kitchen, both before and after.
I realize photography (or rather LR et al) might have had something to do with making these very real cottages look like they came out of a fairy tale, but be that as it may, they’re still Grimm territory.
Generally, when we think of Victorian homes, we think of something a lot bigger than this! The little Catskill gem started its life as a hunting cabin, but Sandra Foster turned it into the Victorian cottage of her dreams.
And yes, it does have an ‘upstairs’ sleeping loft.
This year’s winner of AT’s Small, Cool Contest (of the Teeny-Tiny division) was this little cottage. Its occupant, Beth, is into ‘slow design’, which means she picks up one piece at a time, whether it be a souvenir, a family heirloom, or a flea market find. All come together in complete harmony. Beth hosted AT SF for a full house tour, although the abbreviated tour from the original entry is quite lovely as well.
Back in the day, shepherds used shepherds’ huts as a means to keep an eye on their flocks during cold nights during lambing season. A staple of the English countryside, they’re not used much for their original intent these days. However, thanks to companies like Plankbridge, Dorset, the charming huts have found new lives as home offices, garden rooms, music rooms and studios.
Tradition, above all, is honored at Plankbridge. Their huts are hand made using Douglas fir or Larch using timber-frame housing techniques. Continue Reading
Jeffrey Gantert and Brad Bloom might be my new heroes. They built these two dainty, arty and adorable cottages by hand with recycled materials and a healthy does of whimsy.
The foundations of the cottages are made from brick salvaged from old chimneys, arranged in an ornamental way and dotted with gloriously human little touches like a broken plate and a discarded Buddha. With gable ends carved into wings and downspouts made of olive oil tins fashioned into the shape of Calla Lilies it is absolutely evident that these chaps “approach buildings and gardens much as an artist might a blank canvas”. Continue Reading
In Crate & Barrel’s Trends section, they are promoting a lovely coupling of green and white of the cottage variety. The highlight is a striped quilt in a succesful grouping of greens. The quilt, which includes grass, kiwi and lime, comes from their margarita collection. Looks and sounds refreshing, no?
McMansions all over the country are quaking on their foundations. Gigantic houses are quickly falling out of favor for a more diminutive abode. Enter the 400 square foot mini home.
McHurricanes, McBoomers, and McMansions
In response to FEMA trailers hauled out an masse after hurricane Katrina, New York based designer Marianne Cusato drew up plans for a more appealing alternative. Namely, the Katrina Cottage, for which she won the Cooper-Hewitt Peoples’ Design Award. The cottage’s appeal has transcended disaster zones among those wanting to live on the cozy side. Continue Reading