Cottage Photo by slinky2000:http://www.flickr.com/photos/slinky2000/134809673/in/photostream/
It's December and Christmas is fast approaching. I know this because my neighbor has decked out her cottage with its annual Christmas lights. It looks like Santa's village over there. I love it though. I think Xcel Energy loves it too. :)
Although the photo I chose to lead off this post isn't a Christmas photo, per se, this Irish cottage certainly displays a festive air with its bright red door and trim against the white stone. Toss in some green grass and trees, and there you go. . . the colors of Christmas. It's too bad we can't see the interior of this particular cottage. Please don't weep, though. I have discovered another cottage with an interior I think you'll enjoy.
Recently, while searching the web for interesting cottages and decorating, I ran across photos of a charming little cottage in southern Ohio.
It turns out that Kim the cottage owner blogs at Niesz Vintage Home...and fabric. After spending some time perusing her blog I decided her cottage was one I wanted to share with you. Kim has been great about allowing me to use her photos, as well as providing information about the cottage and her fabulous vintage fabric business. I trust you'll enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
This 800 sq. ft. two bedroom cottage began life as a 1960's ranch home. Kim and her husband purchased the house soon after they were married, and lived there 19 years before purchasing a larger home in 2010. Over the years the couple installed hardwood floors and crown moulding, gutted and remodeled the "tiny" kitchen, and partially finished the basement. Thus transforming the somewhat ordinary small rancher into a warm and welcoming cottage.
Architectural details added by Kim and her husband make the 60's ranch home look like a traditional cottage.
|The couple installed new hardwood floors throughout their home, performing all the work themselves.|
The home is decorated in cottage style with many family heirlooms and vintage fabrics. As owner of Niesz Vintage Fabric & Design, Kim has wonderful fabrics from which to choose.
|Kim made this beautiful floral pillow from some of her vintage fabric. She changes out her pillows with the seasons or if she just wants a "change of pace".|
|More pillows and drapes Kim made from her vintage fabrics.|
Kim describes the kitchen makeover as a "long project". But look at the beautiful result. So worth the effort.
|Kim's feminine fabric choices soften the strong architectural details in the bedroom.|
|Another bedroom view shows off Kim's enchanting chandelier.|
|The clocks came from Kim's Grandma's attic.|
|The tiger maple deacon's bench and slag glass bridge lamp both belonged to Kim's grandmother.|
|A touch of shabby chic.|
|This charming vignette atop the vintage dresser features a baby picture of Kim's "Gram" and a doll from her grandmother's collection.|
|"This cute little piece is from my grandmother. I love the little chicks and eggs so much and it brings back fond memories of grandma's kitchen," Kim says.|
|The condition of her grandmother's graniteware collection is amazing.|
|A granite and pewter coffee set.|
Kim's blogs about her finds in a regular feature called "Treasures from Grandma's Attic". She also shares her many DIY projects, such as the mantel headboard, in "Weekend Projects".
|Kim's "Easy Weekend Project" - Fabric Tabletop|
The lovely Kim on her patio.
|Goldfish swim around a yellow water iris.|
Kim explains how she came to start a vintage fabric and design business.
|This is only a small sampling of Kim's vintage fabrics.|