When I say one room cottage, I mean one big space and a bathroom.. The room is 600 square feet which includes a sleeping area- 2 queen beds, twin bunk beds, the kitchen, eating area, living room and bathroom.
Let me show you what I've got. The wall in the foreground is the wall to the bathroom. That's a painting I did in college. I love it but there wasn't ever really a spot for its bright colors and whimsy in either of our houses.. In this cottage, though, its perfect. The upper cabinet is an old piece that was used for onion storage (or something like that..?) I painted the background pink and added big orange polka dots. There's a lamp in there but mostly it acts as a pantry and storage for the kitchen.
For the work space, we bought a lazy-susan corner cabinet and one other lower cabinet from Habitat for Humanity Restore, took the doors off, spray painted them white and made the kitchen area. The counter tops are stained butcher block from Ikea.
The fabric idea was inspired by this image (I tried to find a better link but couldn't. If you know where this image is from, please share.) I love this picture and I'm so glad we figured out a way to make it happen.
The fabric I chose is by Michael Miller. I love that it has the pops of color but also the grey and taupe to bring in neutrals. Its been such a long time since my mom and I made this feat of awesomeness happen ALL BY OURSELVES but we just bought some kind of metal rod (super helpful, I know) at Home Depot, threaded the fabric through and slipped the rod through some eye hooks that we screwed into the bottom of the counter tops on every corner and every 2 feet in between to keep the rod from sagging.
We furnished this cottage on a budget. The appliances were found on Craigslist, the curtains made by me with fabric I already had and the light fixture is an egg basket found at an antique store with an old spray painted light from the Restore also.
My dad finished out the entire inside. Planked walls, trim, metal ceiling, bathroom---EVERYTHING.
Here's the other side, the "bedroom". I know the grandparents in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory shared a bed, but I think of that movie every time we're all going to bed in the same room...
My mom is going to redo this dresser and move it to the big house also. It's beautiful.
So there you have it. A tour of my parents' home away from home. The cottage will turn into overflow once their house is built and they have dreams of our girls wanting to have sleepover weekends in the country with their friends when they're older. I had a ton of birthday parties in the country when I was a pre-teen and 30.. So I would love for them to want it too. Soon I'll start posting design plans for their new house. If farmhouse style is your jam, you'll love it all.
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