Saturday, April 30, 2016

Living Large In Small Spaces - Waverly Cottage

Built in 1895, Waverly Cottage in Medford, Oregon is this week's featured small space.

Welcome to the eightieth post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

As soon as I discovered Waverly Cottage I felt the 1200 sq ft gem was destined to be part of the Living Large In Small Spaces series.  Fortunately, the owners Robert and Tiffany Pool have allowed me the privilege of sharing it with you.

Also known as the Shone-Charley House, Waverly Cottage was built by Joe Shone in the Queen Anne/Eastlake style. W. J. Benett was the architect. An article in the Medford Mail, January 10, 1896, page 5 reads:

"Joe Shone is putting in some good work these days on his new residence, which, when completed, will be one of the best and prettiest buildings in Medford. Joe being a carpenter—and a good one—he is leaving not a thing undone that would help the building's beauty and convenience. One especially fine feature is that the building stands well up off the ground, thus permitting of the grading of splendid grounds around it. The finish of the building is to be of a style of architecture very out of the ordinary and when completed it cannot fail to attract much favorable comment." (source)

The Shones sold the house in 1901 to William and Andromeda Charley. The house remained in the Charley family until 1978.

When the Pools purchased Waverly in the early 2000s it was in poor shape, and so they began a complete restoration from the foundation up. Using old photos as a guide, Robert rebuilt the original porch and the carriage house. (He's also in the process of recreating all the elaborate embellishments.) The project took four years to complete, after which the Pools lived in the home for four years. Later, they used it as an antique store and now operate the cottage as a bed and breakfast.

It's easy to see the love and care Robert and Tiffany have poured into Waverly's revival. On the National Register of Historic Places, Waverly Cottage was the winner of the City of Medford Historic Renovation Award by the city’s Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission in 2008.

The archway between the parlor and dining room is hand carved of red cedar with gold leaf designs and decorative glass insets. The arch is offset with similarly intricate matching red cedar woodwork.

In every aspect this charming cottage lives much larger than its size. Each room is beautifully decorated with period antiques.

Even the kitchen is equipped with antique appliances. The house has seven operable transom windows above the doors.

You'll notice chandeliers throughout the cottage. 

True to the age of the home, artwork hangs from picture rails.

The bathroom is dreamy. 

Walking through the door of Waverly Cottage one may feel as if they've stepped through a time portal. It has so much character. 

Tell me, do you live in a period home?

Waverly Cottage is a Boutique style two bedroom, one bath National Historic Home/Museum and was featured courtesty of Robert and Tiffany Pool. To learn more about Waverly Cottage and reservation opportunities, click here

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Living Large In Small Spaces - Deepwell Barn

A 500 year-old converted barn in Buxhall, Suffolk, Deepwell Barn is this week's featured small space.

Welcome to the seventy-ninth post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

Barns have always intrigued me. My interest began when as a wee girl I climbed into the hayloft of the barn on our family farm and basked in the dreamy light that drifted through the window. Life seemed full of possibilities in my quiet retreat. Years later when I saw a magazine spread of an old barn converted into a home I was enamored with the idea of rescuing neglected barns for living spaces. I still am.

Deepwell Barn, with its thatched roof, is a stunning conversion set in an equally stunning location.

Through the stable door we enter into a bright and inviting living space.

Modern furnishings mix with classic to create a romantic, approachable room. 

Floor to ceiling windows visually enlarge this small space.

The pendant light over the dining table adds a quaint, farmhouse touch.

Beautiful gardens and a pond are visible from the living room.

Exposed timber stars in this peaceful paradise.

Are those butterflies made from oyster shells? I think they are. Love this!

The compact kitchen has plenty of storage.

Wooden spoon and rolling pin collections decorate the wall. The open shelving is pretty, as well as functional.

Upstairs a gallery loft leads to the bedroom.

Natural light floods the room through large windows.

Throughout the home color is used sparingly, but with impact. In this case, via the antique Persian rug, the coverlet and the flowers.

The small bathroom is charming. An accordion mirror is the perfect solution when an over-the-sink mirror can't be installed, and it gives a hint of vintage to the room.

Outdoors is a 2-acre private garden.

Enjoy al fresco dining on the patio.

Or just relaxing on the bench, taking in the views.

And what views there are!

There's a rope swing.

And a sweet bistro set to enjoy a cool drink.

Beyond the gardens is countryside waiting to be explored.

Deepwell Barn -- a small space that lives very large in my book.

Deepwell Barn featured courtesy of GroveCottages - Romantic Holiday Cottages
Tel:01787 211115 

All images are the property of Grove 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.