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elementsofstyleblog.com · Jun 14, 2017

A Tiny But Mighty Cottage.

I spotted this spread in Southern Living (in another live I was a Southern belle for sure) of a compact, 800 square foot cottage in Florida and fell in love. While I often-time crave a larger house (Henry’s toys mate and duplicate while we sleep, I’m certain) I have always LOVED smaller houses. Not “silly-tiny” (I’m looking at you, “tiny house” trend) but perfectly laid out, livable tiny where everything has a place and yet there is a place for everything. This little gem did not disappoint!

The low-country front porch is delightful, as is the style of the entire place! Classic design done right.

Can you not picture yourself having a morning cup of coffee here?

The high ceilings in the interior make the open space feel larger, as does the vast expanse of white.

I love how the dining table serves as both prep space and a spot to entertain or do work! In small spaces you really need to maximize storage, so having custom cabinetry made is key in the kitchen. Glass doors help open thing up visually and having all the appliances paneled keeps things from looking choppy and busy.

Shutters also keep the room feeling open (although you know I like a good drape!)

Porches play an integral role in homes like this as they serve as additional living space during nice weather.

The back porch is so cheery (although a bit more granny than I would decorate it) :) Can I have this place as a “Mom Retreat” where I can go and read magazines and drink wine and look at Pinterest in peace?

Get the look of this adorable cottage with some of these finds!

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This also brought me waaaaaaaaaay back to 2008 and our Jamaica Plain condo where I had used these exact style Duncan Phyfe dining chairs (handed down from Andrew’s grandparents, which I painted and reupholstered) in our dining room! They were prominent in the first piece of press I ever got after starting my business! Full circle style, for sure. I think I sold them for next to nothing, which in hindsight was a mistake! I however, still have that yellow dress! :)

Images via Southern Living Magazine.

Photographer Hector Manuel Sanchez.



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