Welcome to the fifty-second post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".
This home, designed by Murphy & Co Design of Buffalo, Minnesota, owes its uniqueness not only to outstanding design, but to the use of reclaimed building materials and architectural antiques.
We enter the cottage into the great hall.
The open floor plan makes this cottage seem much larger than its 860 sq ft. The kitchen, breakfast alcove and living room are individually defined by employing ceiling beams, posts, and changes in ceiling heights.
Oak timber ceiling beams came from an 1860's Houston County, Minnesota barn. An 1870's barn in Marshfield, Minnesota was the source for the pine timbers. Flooring was reclaimed from an 1880's barn in Osseo, Wisconsin.
The kitchen keeps to the home's rustic theme with wood cabinetry and an antique butcher block table. Two wall sconces came from an early 1900's Wisconsin cabin. The countertops are stainless steel. Vintage French copper pâté molds are displayed on the far wall.
The fireplace stone surround was quarried from Derby, Iowa. Breadstick bricks from Italy were installed over the firebrick in a herringbone design.
The bedroom's millwork came from an 1870 tobacco barn in Winchester, Kentucky. Beautiful closet doors were purchased by the owner in France. The little white spot in the upper left corner is a "rear-end" of a white stuffed mouse, left there as a joke by the contractor for the owner's discovery.
Relaxed outdoor living spaces enhance the livability of The Gatehouse. Sitting terrace bricks were salvaged from streets in Minneapolis. The vintage urn is from Jerome, Arizona.
Climbing roses on an old French Orangerie window adds interest to the side of the cottage.
A pond at the rear of the house sets a romantic mood for dining al fresco.
Exterior adornments include an antique French fireback dated 1744.
And the owner's winged lion tile inset.
I'm in love with this enchanting cottage. It's new, but it looks old, and that in my book is a plus.
What do you think?
Photos by Susan Gilmore
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Living Large in Small Spaces
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