Cottage Update

September 10th, 2009

I love decorating almost as much as I love cooking, so today I have decided to give you an update on the cottage renovation. We started with a 600 Sq. ft. space and added a second story to the existing cottage. The second story with the new kitchen, master bedroom, and living room as shown above have been livable for a while. We had our contractor friend Don texture the walls to give them a stucco effect. I then painted them a soft yellow and went over that with a burnt umber glaze.

The dining area leading into the kitchen has a reproduction French cupboard with chicken wire in the doors instead of glass. I store many of my blog dishes here.

My pantry is finally finished and it nice to be able to see what I have and I am trying to keep it organized. To see a before picture of the pantry go here.
The project this summer has been to finish the downstairs or original part of the cottage. There is a picture of the stone fireplace before renovations in this post.

We have gotten the walls up and the furniture out of storage. I do want to replace the rug, but this makes a nice sitting area for the downstairs bedrooms.

David made the headboard out of laurel branches for this bedroom.

I had fun making this a bedroom for Rachel and her cousins. I still have a lot of accessorizing to do, but Rachel loves her bedroom.

This is a picture of the lower screened porch. David made the swinging twin beds. There is another one on the other side. We are calling this the sleeping porch, but it is also a wonderful place to curl up with a good book and take an afternoon nap.

There is another budding designer in the family. Rachel discovered my design magazines while she was here and was totally fascinated. That’s a picture of her and her Dad below.

We are taking a break from working on the house for the next few weeks. It has been a labor of love and I can’t think of a better place to live.

I will be posting my Barefoot Blogger recipe a little late this month. Stay tuned.

9 responses to “Cottage Update”

  1. Gosh Penny, your cottage is gorgeous. You are a great decorator. I really like the French cupboard and the headboard that David made. It’s wonderful to see a project such as this finally come together and living through the process could sometimes be described as something from h*ll. Been there.

  2. Oh Penny! It looks wonderful. I would love to see it in person. Everything is so totally me! I love the black hutch with the chicken wire. I have one of those too. I am so impressed with the headboard and twin beds that David made! We need to get together before you head back to Florida!!

  3. Kate says:

    Looks great and quite comfy! Love the idea of using chicken wire in the hutch!

  4. Mary says:

    You have really been working hard and have created some really lovely spaces. You have some great ideas – I love the swinging beds! Now when do you get to rest? Have a wonderful day.

  5. Katy ~ says:

    What a beautiful haven and sanctuary. Heaven on earth, I think.

  6. Yes, it does look heavenly – cozy, too.

    I like decorating, too, but rarely have time any more.

  7. Penny says:

    Thank you all. I have been having computer issues lately and have been traveling. I will be up and running again soon.

  8. Hi Penny,
    I love the cottage very much. What a lovely place to stay in. My Grand-daughter loves to help decorate and often gives me her opinion on my decorating, she’s 11 .LOL.
    Your Grand-daughter is a doll.
    Take care and enjoy your day,

  9. Country Living magazine has many great ideas. I have used several.

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