We have decided on a smaller cabin plan after we went through our
"Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House" phase. Here is the exterior and I
think it's pretty sweet.
We plan to tweak a few things. We are planning a full size basement, so
we will put a laundry room and a half bath down there and eventually
a little family room. It will be a walk out basement because our property
slopes to the back. Oh and see that door leading out the back? I want to
eliminate that door (turn it into a window) and put in french doors where
the back window in the living room is currently. Then we plan to put
a full porch across the back of the cabin (as well as the front porch). We
might screen in that porch. We don't have lots of bugs here, but it might
be nice to have it screened in so that we can sleep out there in the
summer if we want.
This is the second floor. There is just one bedroom and a bath up there.
There is a cute little dormer in the bedroom. I will move the water heater
and furnace to the basement and may use that extra space to add to the
bathroom. Have you begun to notice that I just can't leave things alone?
Now to the fun stuff ~ decorating. I have been saving ideas on Pinterest and
in print on my ideas board above my desk. Lots of our friends who have
cabins in the mountains have gone with western/cowboy/native American themes
for their decor. I'm much more of an east coast or British style girl. I want
a cabin that reflects lots of family mementos and our interests. Comfy chairs
and old sofas with a slipcover or two.
Or like this. I have an old farmhouse style coffee table in my potting shed
right now. David inherited furniture from his Mom. There is a long tuxedo
style sofa with an adorable cottage print with a red background and floral
accents. An old mahogany bow front secretary desk. A floral print
side chair, a cute little antique child's chair with a rush seat. And
a chair like this one ...
When David's sisters asked which pieces of furniture we wanted, I was the only
one who wanted this chair. I always loved it and was so thrilled when no one
else loved it. It would have looked great in "Mr Blandings Dream House"
don't you think? Or maybe in the "Christmas in Connecticut" house. Or the
movie "George Washington Slept Here".
Love this table and chairs. I won't have enough room for a hutch like this,
but isn't it charming?
My kitchen will be bigger than this one, but I do love the look of painted
cabinets. I plan to have open shelving above the counter so that everything
is in easy reach and it's fun to display dishes I love. David bought me a
fluted farmhouse sink for my birthday. It's in the storage facility with
the furniture right now. For now I visit it. Love the skirt under the sink.
By now you all know how much I love them.
Did you ever read the book The Big House by George Howe Colt? It's
about a family who owned a summer house that was filled with family
memories of happy summers. They can't afford to keep it any more
because of the continually increasing taxes, so they try to find a buyer
who will love and appreciate all of it's ancient quirks. I loved the author's
recollection of family dinners where each of them had to wear someone else's
shoes. Men wore the women's pumps and the women wore the men's shoes.
What fun and oh how silly! I believe in silly.
Remember this kitchen from The Holiday? So sweet and I just
love it! Everyone needs a fireplace in the kitchen, don't you agree?
If I could find and or afford a tub like this I would be doing a happy dance!
Well, I have talked your ear off by now. Sorry, it's always been a
problem of mine. When I was in 2nd grade my teacher told my parents at
a parent/teacher conference that I talked too much. Old habits die hard :D!
So I will leave you now to go visit some other posts at two great
Sunday parties ~
Sunny Simple Sundays
I think I have bored Bentley. He is curled up on the sofa ~ snoring too!
I'll be quiet now and try not to wake him up.
Susan and Bentley