Saturday, February 7, 2015

Living Large In Small Spaces - North Carolina Mountain Cottage

Twentieth post in the series 
"Living Large in Small Spaces"





Greetings friends!

I'm so happy you're here for another edition of Living Large In Small Spaces. 

Today we're traveling to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for a look at a bright and cheery 3 bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bath cottage.



This is a two-level cottage with a total of 1224 square feet. Seeing the inside of this cottage is like opening a brand new crayon box. Color explodes everywhere.




Built in 2005, it looks like a quaint country cottage. The cooking stove alcove, little corner built-in shelves and the stone work above the alcove are all details that give it that bit of old world character. 

The countertops are glazed lava, by the way.




This is an open floor plan: kitchen, dining and living all in one great room. The vaulted ceiling and loads of natural light make this room seem much larger than it is. There's a screened porch through the glass door next to the kitchen.





This room has several furniture pieces that afford storage and add charm: the two corner shelf units and the window seat on the far left.  The window seat is part of a freestanding bookcase and bench seat with storage below. Whether it was custom made or purchased, it's a wonderful piece, and a perfect way to add storage and seating in a small space without sacrificing style.  I love it!





The rustic stone we saw in the kitchen is repeated in this incredible fireplace.  It definitely makes a statement.




The upper deck has a great view of the mountains and valley.




Here's a clever way to have both a window and a mirror over the bathroom sink. The wings on either side of the window are double sided mirrors that close, providing mirrors above the sink when needed.





The bedrooms are on the lower level. Great trim  work in this room.
Okay, yes, I love the bench.








I think wherever you are in this cottage, the view is magnificent.





I received no compensation for featuring this cottage, and I'm not endorsing its purchase, nor the realtor, nor the real estate listing. It's simply a cottage I think is fun and unusual; the sort of small home I like to share with you.

To see more of this home and the real estate listing details you can visit realtor.comand to see more of the upper deck and screened porch, the colorful staircase and the other bedrooms, including a built-in triple bunk with storage visit homes.com.


Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

 Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.


From the comments I've received, many
people have been encouraged by the homes and lives 
shared in this series.
If you live in a small space (approx. 1200 square feet or less),
 I'd love to feature your story, too.
Send me an email and let's collaborate.
(See the "Contact Me" page for my email address.)


41 comments:

  1. Wow! So pretty. I love how the main living area is so open.

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  2. Wowee! what views!!! I do like an open plan in a small home, especially with vaulted ceilings. It makes the space seem twice as big as it is. Lovely choice of a feature. Happy Saturday Nancy! xoxox

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  3. Oh & I love the new header too!

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  4. I think I'd be constantly staring out the windows if I lived there! What gorgeous views. And I'd love to snuggle up by that fireplace.

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  5. Gorgeous! I think I'm in love with the red floors!

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    1. Red floors is a very bold choice in a small space, but I think the high ceilings help to pull it off.

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  6. Wow! You would think with the higher ceilings the rooms are bigger than they are. Everything looks just gorgeous! The views..oh my! There is a place for everything, the fireplace stone is amazing!
    I LoVe the look of your new cottage too...beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs Marg.

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  7. Nancy,
    I L-O-V-E your new header with the adorable drawing of your cottage to be. I really think the outside photos capture your heart into wanting to explore this sweet cottage featured today. Oh my how the cobalt blue jumps off the counter top, playful space and one I'd love to wander through. You rock Nancy with your cottage tours.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  8. Nancy, I think this may be my favorite so far! The charming kitchen cut out framing the stove, the wide open space, the bright sunny rooms and the view...swoon! Your new header is pretty swoon worthy, too!! Love it all!

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  9. Dear Nancy ... I love your new header!

    Oh my goodness the view is wonderful. I love the sweet little kitchen. The great room is quite spacious and very charming. Thank you for sharing. Weekend Blessings ♥ Teri

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  10. Wow, that is beautiful. Love the views. I wouldn't want to leave if I lived their. The oven space is different but I like it.
    Thanks for all the homes you bring to us,

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  11. What an amazing view! I love that area. Enjoy your weekend my friend! Hugs, Diane

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  12. Gosh the view is spectacular....would never need to go on vacation! Another lovely cottage!

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  13. I was trying to decide which was my favorite about this cottage ... the views, or the large open space with the red floor. I can't decide. I love both! I thought the mirror/window idea in the bathroom was really ingenious too! I'd far rather look outside than at the mirror most mornings, lol!

    And your blog header looks amazing! Can't wait to see more details on YOUR cottage :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words.. I think my husband is a fine artist, and I'm happy he offered to sketch the cottage for my new header.

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  14. Nancy, what wonderful views and what a charming fireplace! It looks like a treehouse perched amongst the trees.

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    1. You're right. It does look like a treehouse. Maybe that's why I like it so much. I loved playing in our treehouse when I was a kid. :)

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  15. Nancy what a sweet cottage and that view WOW! Very charming and what a great part of the country.
    Kris

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  16. WONDERFUL VIEWS AND I LOVE THE RED FLOORS.. BATHROOM MIRROR IS A GREAT IDEA.
    DEBBIE

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  17. The view is stunning... I think I'd make a few transformations in the main room, but the view is so perfect, I'd be willing to work in that room without complaining!

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  18. Good morning, Nancy! What a sweet tour and surprise to see your post. I was missing you!

    This cottage really delivers the allusion of being much larger; the architects did a stunning sleight of hand to make it feel like a much larger home...and the open plan for some interesting reason still maintains a cozy feeling. I think the rock fireplaces and small window over the sink and preserving the larger windows for the view gives this space half cozy half open and modern look. What a GREAT HOME!

    I sure enjoy your series. And how are you my friend? February is escaping us, and that is GOOD...I hope your project is coming along? I love your header! Good things to come in the next few weeks/months, and I'll be here to watch.

    Have a lovely Sunday! Anita

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  19. Wow, wouldn't it be a great second home to retreat to, I could look all day at those wonderful views, how relaxing.

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  20. WOW - the view is amazing.
    I like the windows. Very unique.

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  21. Such a cozy cottage! Love the unusual details! I also really like your new header. Are you going to really paint your new cottage red? It looks fabulous.

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  22. Windows, many . . . light . . . open and airy . . . spaces . . .
    Would be fun to "play" with that

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  23. Firstly, love your new header of the home in the making!

    This beautiful cottage, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, with breathtaking views of the valley, is filled with my favourite colours of red, yellow, and blue, sunny, open spaces, and adorable odes to the good ol' days! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Poppy

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  24. Wow.. how beautiful .... Love these blog posts. I am your newest follower as your blog is lovely..

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  25. What an amazing view! I love that stone fireplace too. :)

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    1. I've always loved stone fireplaces. I'm not familiar with that particular type of stone; maybe it's local to the area. ??

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  26. The window mirror combination the bathroom is genius! I wish I would have thought of it back when I lived in a house with a window over the sink.

    xo

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  27. So much to love about this cottage but my favorite is the window/mirror over the bathroom sink. What a great idea!

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  28. You are right about the crayon box :)

    And that view....just breathtaking.

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    1. Lots of color in this cottage. The view is, indeed, breathtaking. Mountain views never disappoint me. :)

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  29. I love the view from the cottage. My hubby and I go up to the Blue Ridge mountains for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. The views there are breathtaking.

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    1. I've never traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains, but I should would like to!

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  30. This is a darling cottage, but honestly, I think I'd live in a closet if I could have that gorgeous view!

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  31. Wow, wow, what views! Love the color and the storage is clever. That room really does look large. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  32. What a happy place to live in! I love the brightness and openness of it all. Great find Nancy! Thanks for sharing these gems with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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