I thought since posting the exterior images of many of my recent favorite cottages, I would do a post featuring some of the rooms you might see once your walk through the cottage door…
This neutral palate would make any living room comfortable and inviting, but the smaller size seems like something you’d find in a smaller/cottage-sized home.
A small kitchen most certainly can be an efficient kitchen, like the one below.
I loved this image for it’s clever use of the cabinet and counter; the table for two is so charming. Toile lined cabinets seal the deal for me.
This small bathroom is a favorite, the black and white framed photographs and the white seem so crisp and clean for the space.
Hubby had this Ikea chair (below) during a work assignment in Oakland some years ago. The Ikea ottoman has storage space in it and the chair is very comfortable.
I like this idea, using the space between the studs in a wall for storage works well for this tiny bath. I haven’t incorporated this into any of our renovated space but I may one day!
Isn’t this bedroom cute, love the paneled, slopping ceiling.
Talk about making good use of space with clever storage solutions.
Even a cottage can find room for a garden work bench…
…and room for doggies is a MUST!
Maybe even a cat!
There are always ways to save space and a small home/cottage forces me to be more creative with storage and to edit some of the “stuff” collected along life’s path. What do you think? I love hearing from you.
I’m over at No Minimalist Here today, stop by for a visit.
Ricki Jill Treleaven said:
Super inspirations, but oh, my LORD that second photo of the dining room is simply stunning. *le sigh*………
I really need a cottage to decorate, Karen!
Your photo collage has just re-confirmed that
idea! Now to get my hubbie on board!
Love your blog.
So informative and so pretty!
I inherited four large trunks and I love them! Not only because of the great storage space but because they are beautiful too. And I have baskets in every room too.
It is a bit difficult to edit some of the stuff we go collecting, I find it especially hard with things people have given me, but well, just keep the beautiful and the useful, the rest can go.
A happy day to you, Karen!
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes said:
I am in love with that bathroom! The old black and white photos are so wonderful.
Especially against the all-white background. (But the animals really steal the show.)
Linda Coble said:
This post had so many great photos. I loved the kitchen with the black cabinet lined in toile. It reminded me of your kitchen. Also, the home office gave me a lot of ideas and I loved the little garden work bench. And those dogs! I want a corgi!
Karen B. said:
Hi Linda, You and the queen. Carla has 2 corgi’s they are darling but little terrors. Oh well, who am I to talk…Madison looks innocent enough! 🙂 Karen
Well I was entranced with the beautiful neutral color palette and could envision myself living in a cottage in the Cotswolds “Keeping Calm and Carrying On” but the corgis sealed the deal. I’m taking Pippi and Lily my corgi darlings and going to a cottage…with a potting bench. I’ll keep in touch! The pictures were wonderful and made my day. Thanks for all the inspiration! CARLA
Mona Thompson said:
Love little cottages…so fun to decorate. Great post…
These are some really great spaces.
I love small spaces. Down sizing wasn’t something that was difficult for me. All the photos are lovely. The first two rooms are beautiful but I can’t imagine living in either one of those rooms. I like rooms that have little quirks. I’m not really into perfection. Oh my gosh, that cat’s a crack up!! I want the chippy blue window too.
Karen, my next house will undoubtably be a cottage! I especially loved the bed tucked under the sloped ceiling – how cozy was that?
That’s a lot of dog. Poor Cat. The pictures are stunning and full of great ideas.