Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cute Cottage Tuesday

Welcome to Cute Cottage Tuesday! I decided I would start this official post with my very own cottage . This is our home. We built it in 2001. The plan came from one of my favorite architects, Stephen Fuller. I purchased the plans for copyright reasons and then had them modified to fit our preferences. We moved in December 4th 2001. Yes, we were building in the middle of 9/11! What a mess all that was!
We named our home Rosewood Cottage. I was teaching a quilting class at the time called Rosewood Cottage and it all seemed to fit. David get's all the credit for the yard work. I like to design the beds and pick the plants, but I'm terrible at maintaining them. My thumb is black...black I tell ya! Thank goodness David enjoy's yard work. The day he can't do it, is the day we get a condo! hee,hee,hee.

I have always loved cottage style homes. I hate wasted space (because I hate to clean it), So I made sure we would use every room in our home. It's about 2400 square feet.  When I go for a walk around the block and come back down the street, I always say, "hello cute cottage, I'm so glad you're mine."

Do you live in a cute cottage or dream of having one?


Anna said...

what a beautiful place to live!
I would like to live in a cottage but we don't have enough money to buy it! so we live in a house build in the 50th..
it very old, well older than I am..
and I love all of it..I love the vintage style very much!!!

Anonymous said...

It's lovely, Michelle, and the yard is gorgeous too! I just posted a little about my cottage in the woods with a peek inside if you'd like to come by for a visit!

Wishing you a lovely day,

Hef's Mom said...

I live in a cute colonial! I dream of living in a cape cod with a wrap around porch on the beach.... My Grandma has an adorable cottage, I must take a picture next time I go to her house. She has lived there over 50 years.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Shell:
I love your cottage. It's beautiful. (Do you think I'm surprised?) lol

My dream is to live in a restored barn...a past cottage for livestock, if you will. Just as cottages evoke strong feelings in you, I'm almost overcome with a sense of "before" when I enter a barn that has long been empty.

Thanks for sharing. You and I are lucky girls that our men like yard work. Like you, I hate any maintenance past mowing. (At least that way, I can cut down all the weeds!)

Enjoy a restful and creative day, my friend.

Maggey and Jim said...

Very nice and the landscaping is awesome..Very welcoming.. Love how it expresses your family..

Lisa said...

It's adorable and beautiful and perfect!!! And how cool is it that you have a "custom" house!!! And David does a great job with the yard work.

Can you explain next Tuesday what defines a cottage? I have no idea what any of the house categories mean, I can usually recognize victorian though.

My sister just bought a little house. It's small and cute and brick. When she's done making it a little prettier I'll show you!

PS. Word verification is clutte. Like Clutter? Be careful, Shell. You may have a scary day.

The Fab Furs said...

What a lovely house and how well landscaped.

My tastes run towards a Tumbleweed Tiny House, but since I have a husband, 2 rabbits, and 3 cats I guess I will have to install it in our wilderness of a backyard and use it as my escape hatch.

Katie :o) said...

Very cute! And what a great reminder that I have never posted house photos! (Puppy mess photos, clutter photos, sewing machine photos... but never our cute little house!) We bought a tiny, run-down former rental house on a *beautiful* bit of land. Spent the next dozen years tearing it down around our heads, raising little ones, and watching our home emerge :o) My husband milled most of our lumber and built all our closets and shelves. It really is a cute spot, even though I joke that I decorate with dust bunnies... :o)

Jillayne said...

I am on the dreaming side - we live in a West Coast style four level split - too big now for two so hopefully in the next year or two we will move to something smaller - I am with you on the wasted space thing! Your home looks just perfect - lots of interesting detail and a gorgeous roof line. I am always drawn to windows and roof-lines! It's wonderful thing when you love where you are.

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Hi Sweet Shell. Oh I love my little house too and it is cottagey and the only house on our whole court that is jam packed with trees trees and more trees ha ha. We've done SOOO much in the past 10 years to fix it up, it's our first house and we still can't picture moving away though I know we will have to someday if I want my rabbit sanctuary, that will have to be in the country...our neighbours call our house 'Snow Whites Cottage', ha ha....I guess cause of my dark hair, love of the forest & it's critters & the cute window boxes and shutters etc...

Debora said...

What a darling place with a great sense of style! Thank you for sharing your home with us. I would love to live in a cute cottage someday, one with spaces that work. And yards/gardens that could be wild-like or partially maintained...I love space, indoors but particularly out, LOL!

MyJourneyBack said...

I love your cottage I would say hello to it too. Thanks for sharing it. I am looking forward to your new little virtual tour. BTW I am having a giveway over at my blog because I need followers for my new book blog. Come over and check it out.
Hope your week is going well.

Clovie Boy said...

I think your cottage is beautiful, inside and out! I am jealous!


Hi girl friend--what a adorable cottage--but it is too big for me!!!
Yes I dream of a little cottage--but probably a wood one-more country settings--gotta have room for my "goats" and "lamb" and "chickens"!!
and a small creek near it--clothesline in back yard--small garden--flower beds--Oh and I would probably need some "help"--or "helpers"!!!!
Thanks for the dream along!!!!
Hugs, Di

Rabbits' Guy said...

Atsa BIG cottage, by my definition of cottage from my Michigan North Woods days! But it LOOKSlike one and probably is by today's defnitions!

We signed our mortgage papers on 9/11 .. our mortgage agent was in the National Guard and locked down at Fort Lewis (Washington) but had a cell phone.

It was a very sppoky morning where we lived on a little island in the Pacific NW. We could see the large San Juan Ferries all stopped in the middle of the runs - there was concern because one of them is a Vancouver Island run.

No you can not have Zoey - she WAY prefers clutter, uncertainty, Baxter, and ME! BUT - I would throw in an old Seattle Mariners catcher's baseball card?

Allie said...

What a lovely home! I would love to live in a Devon cottage in England....that's my dream and I'm sticking to it, lol! Meanwhile I'm in a horrid colonial in Michigan.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

It's a beautiful cottage, Michelle! How blessed you are. :-)
My cottage is a high set 'Queenslander', every room white with high pressed tin ceilings and surrounded by mango and banana trees.

Sherry said...

I love your cottage and your landscape is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.

SheilaC said...

Your home is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside :)

The landscaping is wonderful!


Shell said...

Your cottage is beautiful. I like the idea you adapted the plans to make it your own.
I dream of having my own cottage one day. Somewhere close to the sea.

Sabine said...

Your house is lovely, I can imagine you enjoy it just looking at it... I hope we'll have a even more lovely house (compared to our current house) next year... keeping our fingers crossed :-)