Saturday, May 21, 2016

Living Large in Small Spaces - Santa Cruz Cottage

Santa Cruz, California is the location of today's featured small space and home to interior designer Scarlett Fiona Reed.

Front Exterior

Welcome to the eighty-third post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

Situated on Schwan Lagoon, the interior of Reed's 500 sq ft cottage is filled with antiques and vintage finds. Originally a food safe, the large antique cupboard behind the sofa now serves as a craft cabinet.

The serene color palette is perfect for the nature-inspired decor.

Living Room

Everywhere the eye travels it meets with delightful vignettes.

Living Room Detail

I've said it before and I'll say it again, natural light is critical in a small space. The large windows in this home really open up the rooms and enlarge them visually.

Living Room

A corner of the living room serves as a home office. Collected dolls add a whimsical touch. I doubt I'd get much work done if I had this view. (Notice the binoculars on the desk?)

Living Room

Painted floors add so much character. The color is Duxbury Grey by Benjamin Moore.

Living Room

Corner windows create a lovely spot for dining in the kitchen.


I love these botanicals held by old clipboards found at a flea market. Such a great idea.

Kitchen Detail

A "funky 60's" upper cabinet was replaced by an old galvanized shelf.


Feeling that the new granite backsplash in the kitchen didn't fit her vintage style, Reed covered it with linen. The house is a rental, so the glued-on linen is easily removed, if necessary.  (She lives alone and feels the white linen is "not too scary", she can always add a new patch if one gets stained.) 

She also added a vintage mirror to another portion of the kitchen.

Kitchen Detail

The charming mudroom holds extra dishes, as well as outerwear.


A small hallway is home to an antique mirror and sweet vintage attire.

Hall way

The pedestal sink was a salvage yard find.


The bedroom is a mere 88 sq ft. Reed designed a queen-size bed with extra height to accommodate storage baskets. An old gate was repurposed into a headboard.


A conch shell doorstop fits the beachy atmosphere.

Exterior Detail

Outdoor seating invites relaxation and conversation while watching the lagoon and its wildlife.

Backyard View

See more of Scarlett Fiona Reed's cozy home here.

I'm glad you could join me in touring this charming cottage. I must confess that the more I scrolled through the photos the more I loved the home and its location. This will remain one of my very favorite small spaces that truly lives large.

On another note, I've decided that this post will be my last at A Joyful Cottage. At least for the summer, most likely indefinitely. I've been thinking and praying about this decision for awhile, so when I was offered out of the blue a part-time job at a local retail nursery (my dream job) I knew the Lord had answered my prayer. It's time to close down the blog and move on to other things. (I've still got a long bucket list in my pocket.)

I've accomplished everything I set out to do at A Joyful Cottage and I feel I'm ending on a very positive note. So, for now I'm. . . 

I'm going to leave A Joyful Cottage blog up; not taking it down. Who knows? Things could change and I might be back. I plan to utilize my Instagram account more now and will enjoy posting photos of our continuing progress with landscaping, repurposing projects, and other cottage happenings. I hope you'll visit me there.

Thanks so much for all the encouragement and warm fuzzies you've showered on me these past few years. I've made some incredible friendships through blogging and don't regret one minute I've spent at the keyboard.

So, from here on out I'll be a "follower" only. Somehow I don't mind one bit. 


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Living Large In Small Spaces - The Coach House

Today's featured small space is located just outside of Hay-on-Wye in Wales.

Welcome to the eighty-second post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

From the outside this converted brick Victorian Coach House appears quite traditional. 

But step inside and you're in for a surprise.

The contemporary interior is open, bright and filled with quirky character.

The streamlined kitchen features textured kitchen cupboards made of recycled wood paired with unusual white units. Countertops are stainless steel.

The staircase is a work of art -- more like a sculpture than a functional part of the home.

Exposed ceiling joists painted white add interest and visually make the ceilings seem higher.

Layers of textiles and color warms the living room.

I do love the stable doors.

The bathroom is unique. Apparently the brightly colored tile strip spells out  a message in morse code, though I have no idea what it says. 

I've noticed exposed plumbing, such as seen here, is trending.

I don't know why, but I thought of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when I saw this photo of the shower.

A definite industrial vibe.

The second floor is minimalist with a rustic twist.

Vaulted ceilings make the small bedrooms seem larger.

Natural light flows into the second bedroom through the addition of skylights.

The petite, charming terrace is accessed through a stable door.

A footbridge leads to a walking path to Hay.

Seems so soothing, doesn't it?

What do you think of historical homes with contemporary interiors?

All photos are the property of  Blaentrothy Holiday Cottages and were used with their permission.

Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours and small living ideas in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.