My name is Cynthia and I love interior design, architecture, antiques, all things vintage, all things British (a tried and true Anglophile), a love of things that are time worn and hold secrets of days gone by. I love animals and try to respect their place in our world. I enjoying talking about the most beautiful places in the world, some exotic, some in our own neck of the woods. I love family and friends, music and movies. And most importantly, I love talking about these things with a daily dose of humor because I love to laugh and we all deserve to. So come on...let's go for a stroll.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Little Cottage Shed - When One Room is All You Need

As I sit in my little upholstered chair in my living room, thinking about how much I enjoy living in this house that I shared with my sweet, late husband and my daughter for the last 18 years, I am also thinking about how overwhelming it is to take care of now that I am on my own.  With a finished basement and two additional floors, an acre of landscaped grounds and a pool and pond, I sometimes wonder if I will ever be able to keep up with all that is required.  It's not that it's a palatial estate -- just that it's a lot of house for this 49 year old soul.  But I love it here.  I have around 60 roses, over 300 bearded iris, and the house works great for me with my antique and ebay business.  And of course, I am blessed to have a home...a place that brings me such joy and reminds me of how fortunate I am in so many ways.

Downsizing continues to be a strong possibility in the future, but not any time soon.  In the meantime, I was thinking to myself, "how much room does one woman with two dogs and an old cat really need?"  I think I could easily live in one of these enchanting places.  Enjoy

Who needs a house when you have a pool house like this?  I love how close this  place is to the pool itself

You know me and my love of Britain - I'm guessing this thatched roof beauty is somewhere there. 
 My guess is Hansel and Gretel can't be far behind...and the Seven Dwarfs for that matter.
Victorian perfection - I especially like the steps and the fence

Based on the surroundings, I would guess this is out west - straight out of "Little House on the Prairie"

Gothic grandeur - this is possibly my favorite

More thatched roof love

Solitude amongst the mountains and a lake - how wonderful

What a setting

I love the old wood, the windows that look like they could use a good scraping

My love of robin's egg blue is in full force here

A mini chateau in your backyard

A storybook cottage if there ever was the gingerbread work at the roof line

Now that's a tree house - my second favorite here

Modern, yet cozy and warm -- what a view - looks like the islands

All we need here is Jeremiah Johnson to complete the picture...then I truly would be in heaven

Another tree house - how fantastic - looks like it was built in a day from the scrap yard

Just prop me up in that robin's egg blue chair next to this little beauty and I will stay forever

Not exactly a cottage or a shed, but wow...I want to peer out my kitchen window at this every day

Love among the ruins - how romantic...I could even overlook the probability of mice

Perhaps that is a note tacked to the window from Mr. Darcy himself, letting me know that he will return soon

Winter beauty - I do love cold weather

White wander -- what a picture of spring perfection

I love the Cape Cod look of this - and the flowers...and the windows
Hope you had as much fun looking at these little gems as I did finding them.  Photo and design credits are unknown so please forgive.


Scott said...

Cynthia, I love these pictures. the word relaxation is the first one that comes to mind! I could easily spend a lot of time in any one of these places. Thanks for sharing them!

klarasvind said...

It´s true, if you are a happy soul you don´t need a lot of space, love Elisabeth

Denise said...

What a great post! You found some real beauties! I posted about your post -

Martie said...

So cute but I've lived in a one room cabin and it isn't so romantic! I dream of a castle with loads of servants!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love all of these... after many years on the farm my health will no longer allow me to stay... so I am downsizing and looking for a tiny cottage in which to live or to build. Thanks.

Essay Writing said...

Agree with you Scott.. My comments are also same as yours...The word relaxation.... So true...

R.Michael said...

Wonderful post! I stumbled upon your blog quite by accident, and it has brightened up my otherwise rainy and dreary morning. Looking forward to stopping in often. Cheers, Mike

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