After becoming an addict from my personal Pinterest account, I recently launched a Pinterest account for Cottage Neighborhood. We occasional will pin some of our new fabulous listings added to our site, but our main purpose is to create inspirational boards focusing on Cottage Style. This includes some great exterior shots, but also tons of pictures of great examples of cottage style inside of homes. Some of the great boards we’ve created are: Craftsman Style Homes, Bungalow Style Homes, Cottage Inspiration, and Coastal Cottage Style.
So make sure to follow us on Pinterest.
I am really missing Cottage Living. Are you? I am super sad that somewhere in our 6 moves in the past 8 years, that I have lost about 20 of the issues. I have started re-buying them the past couple of years, hopefully one day I will have a complete collection again. I was devastated in November 2008 when I learned there would be no more issues.
On a positive note, I have decided to post some of my favorite pictures that graced the pages of my beloved Cottage Living.
I am starting this series out with a highlight of some of the before and after cottage makeovers. The “Before” pictures were originals from the homeowners, so even in the magazine they are not that great of quality and look even worse after I scanned them.
More Cottage Living posts coming soon! Hope you enjoyed these inspiring exterior before and after cottage remodels as much as I did.
I came across this one room school house outside of Decorah, Iowa and just had to share it with my Cottage Neighborhood readers. I don’t have much information about this adorable school house, but it does appear to be recently renovated. Whomever is responsible for this restoration deserves an applause. Totally adorable.
This home is located in Wilson, NC and is selling for a mere $5000. Ready for someone to restore and love. Built circa 1903 and typical of Wilson’s modest turn-of-the-century Victorian cottages, this L-plan frame house was apparently built as rental property for J. T. Williams, the proprietor of a dry good store.
The house is sheltered beneath a cross gable roof with elaborate cut-out louvers enframed by returning boxed cornice. The small front (northwest), chamfered post-supported porch has lost its balustrade.
The rooms in the house include a living room, dining room, kitchen, one bath and two bedrooms. The house needs extension work in the rear exterior which could be an asset if wanting to add on to the structure making way for a new kitchen and an additional bath. Many of the historic features are still intact including four fireplaces.
The house is not livable in its present condition. State historic tax credits are available.
If interested in this home contact:
Preservation of Wilson
Kathryn Ferrari Bethune
I came across a wonderful company out of Houston that restores historic Bungalows, Craftsman’s and Cottage Style Homes in the Houston Heights Historic District. It is a prime real estate area for Houstonians, being just steps to the downtown metro area, so it is amazing to find people and company’s restoring these old treasures instead of tearing them down and building new. Take a look at these amazing before and afters.
View all the photos in this amazing renovation at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97067832@N00/sets/72157607606011445/
Photos by: Laura Mareli
Believe me, you’ll wanna see the insides of this gorgeous bungalow.
For this edition of “Hooked on Fridays” (part of the blog party hosted by Hooked On Houses) I am, since I have been on a redecorating my house mission, hooked on this Porch Glass Ball Lamp by Maine Cottage. This lamp comes with a 3-way switch and can handle up to a 100 watt bulb bringing major wattage to my living room. It’s handmade blown glass, in a beautiful “coastal blue” color and it’s dressed with an elegant, yet casual Cream colored silk shade and topped off with a artistically detailed crystal finial. Maine Cottage calls the glass color “Porch” but this is definitely not going on my porch. It’s way too pretty for that.
This Friday, I am hooked on this set of tableware from Cottage & Bungalow. I usually wouldn’t have a problem picking a favorite, but I have to say I love each and everyone one of these patterns.
The best thing about this tableware set is that it is temperature resistant. According to Cottage & Bungalow, these beauties can go straight from the freezer to the oven and not crack. This means, it’s safe to use these in the microwave and not burn your hands when you pull them out.
I have to say, these are on my birthday wish list for next month.
Nothing says “Cottage Style” like having a Farmhouse sink in your kitchen. Farmhouse sinks are also commonly referred to as Apron Front Sinks. The deep and wide basin allows for even the biggest of pots and pans to fit easily. You can easily find some great bargains on antiques on places like craigslist.org or local flea markets, but keep in mind that most antique sinks won’t be easily fitted to your homes more modern plumbing. A great bargain can end up a considerable expense if you have to purchase special fittings or hire a plumber to do custom plumbing work to accommodate your antique farmhouse sink.
For those of you who want the style without the hassle and expense, there are several sink manufactures that make new replica farmhouse sinks or have created their own farmhouse sink with a more modern twist. Here are some of my favorite farmhouse sinks available for purchase today:
Most of these farmhouse sinks are available to purchase at eFaucets.com
2008 Bungalow Fair – Seattle, Washington
Historic Seattle has announced the plans for the 2008 Bungalow Fair to be held at Town Hall Seattle. A weekend long event, to be held this year on September 27th and 28th, will feature an exhibit, sale of antique and reproduction wares and educational lectures on the Arts and Crafts Movement & workshops.
In its 11th year, the show is the premier event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The fair hosts over 50 exhibitors that specialize in items that are designed for Arts and Crafts enthusiasts.
The event is open to the general public and tickets cost just $10 for admission to the fair on both days and $10 per lecture, per ticket.
For more information of the fair, visit:
One of my favorite resources for cottage style furnishings is the company Maine Cottage. Opening shop over 20 years ago in Yarmouth, Maine they perfectly filled the need for more colorful cottage furnishings. All of their furniture is either hand made or finished here in the USA. All of their wood peices can be painted in over 40 colors. One piece I absolutely love is the Lizzie bed show below. They even have bunk beds perfect for your cottage’s bunk house.