Saturday, December 10, 2016

Living Large In Small Spaces - Kent Cottage

Now that I've returned from my hiatus, I hope you're ready to jump back into the weekly series Living Large In Small Spaces.

This charming cottage in Kent, England popped up on my screen while searching online for Christmas decorating inspiration. Once I saw it I knew it would be the right home to share during the holiday season. 




Kent Cottage
:Photo by Chris Snook- Browse shabby-chic style home design ideas



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



Kent Cottage


The duck egg blue door opens into a romantic and whimsical cottage. 


Kent Cottage


Exposed beams, nooks and crannies. . .everything I crave in an old-world cottage.



Kent Cottage



The cottage has few windows and small rooms. Light colored walls, ceilings and furnishings brighten the space, and mirrors reflect the light and give the illusion of depth.

Kent Cottage


There's an elegant informality about this room.


Kent Cottage


Exposed aged brick makes a nice contrast to the light walls and adds warmth, as well as character.


Kent Cottage


The furnishings have a fairy tale quality.

Kent Cottage



I have to say that I love the Christmas decorations in this cottage.


Kent Cottage


Some natural and rustic, some sophisticated and refined. . .little surprises everywhere.


Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage


A beautiful crowned swan under a cloche lends an air of enchantment.


Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage

Unfitted kitchens like this one remind me of my grandfather's cottage kitchen, where as a child I spent many happy Sunday afternoons playing gin rummy and drinking 7-up. Maybe that's why I'm so drawn to them.



Kent Cottage


Notice the scalloped edges of the table's top? So interesting.

Kent Cottage


Now this is what I call a cottage kitchen.

Kent Cottage

I'm ready to start a star collection after seeing all the ones displayed in this home.


Kent Cottage


There's seems to be a lot of storage in this small kitchen.


Kent Cottage


Two bedrooms upstairs possess as much charm as the rest of the cottage.

Kent Cottage



I really like the patchwork quilt in this bedroom.


Kent Cottage


Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage


I like the fact that the bed is unpainted. It's a beautiful piece and deserves to stand out against all the white, in my humble opinion.


Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage
Kent Cottage


Is it possible to have too many pillows?



Kent Cottage



I hope you enjoyed seeing this cottage in Kent as much as I did. (Warning: Like me, you may need to scroll through the post a few times to catch all the delights.)


Kent Cottage


Pinning disabled in compliance with use.



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.

32 comments:

  1. Wow! You're right--I WILL have to scroll over this again. AND again. Too much charm to comment on each feature individually....but mostly I'm amazed at the coziness of it that comes with the absence of a lot of windows! (Our home doesn't have a lot of windows and - until now - I've lamented that...)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so glad you are back!!! I LOVE this sweet place. I saved it too look at it again in closer detail. I don't know that I could live without more exterior light coming in though. Although, it is pretty bright with the mirror usage, etc. I think it is just charming and I love it-xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
  3. Just beautiful! Love all of this pretty cottage. xox

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love this!! It kind of looks like a Hobbit home!

    What do you call the walls like that...plaster, rock...looks so natural and rustic. I suppose it is natural in this house? Is it old enough to have had the walls built that way, rather than made to look old timey?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Dear Nancy

    It was so nice to see you sharing here again. This is such a charming little cottage. It has such a natural and warm feel.

    ♥ Welcome Back ♥

    Blessings & Hugs
    Teri

    ReplyDelete
  6. Well, this is just the most beautiful cottage...elegant and rustic in the perfect amounts of both! I have had to scroll several times and I am sure I'll be back to peek again, but at the moment that goose under glass is my favorite element! And now I want one. ;) So glad you're back Nancy!! You always share such unique content and it's so refreshing! xo

    ReplyDelete
  7. There's so much to love in this cottage! I love the mix of rustic and refined which is my favorite. The colors are all so similar but the different textures and items make it very charming. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. I was hoping you would continue with this series and my oh my what a great return! This is just adorable. I wish there had been more exterior shots though.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Carla, if you click on the "Source" link that I gave after the last photo, it will take you to the photographer's page where there are even more photos (67 in all). There are a few exterior shots there. Thanks for your visit and comment. ~ Nancy

      Delete
  9. Nancy welcome back ;) love this awesome cottage thanks for sharing...nelly

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My pleasure, Nelly. Glad you liked the cottage. Thanks for your visit and kind words. xo

      Delete
  10. Wow, so many interesting things to look at in this cottage. You are right, I must scroll through it again. I do like the tree the best the first time through. Oh and the clock, the table, of course the quilt. Ok I like a lot of it. LOL

    I found another house, made an offer on Friday. Sellers are in Peru. I hope they are easy in touch with. :)

    Have a blessed Sunday.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Everything is a little "too much" for me in this cottage. But I love the cosiness of the rooms, the exposed beams and the Emma Bridgewater dishes!

    ReplyDelete
  12. WOW! I 'love' it. The kitchen was amazing, the swan wonderful, the style and colors restful and very homey.

    It is so good to have you back, I've missed you.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

    ReplyDelete
  13. Nancy, I am SO glad you are back for so many reasons. Though I am no longer blogging, I am still visiting my favorite blogs, and you are one of them. This cottage is perfect. PERFECT! As I look at each room, I am spying all the elements that make for this enchanted forest cottage look. Natural elements, wood, exposed beams, fur, and well placed whimsical items are what I see that WORKS. I am trying to incorporate all of these feelings in my home. Another great share my friend!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I was wrapped in awe, instantly, by the sweet, soft, perfect, blue of the front entrance door.
    Bell on the right . . .
    Silver letter post . . .
    Door handle . . . .
    No doubt about it, the detail was intricate throughout.
    I appreciated the natural of the one bed . . . history there, no doubt . . .
    And the only red I remember, . . . three packages atop an armorie . . .
    Simple, stunningly beautuful Kent cottage . . .

    ReplyDelete
  15. Second, third look . . .
    Red
    Berries
    Plus a few more subtle touches . . .
    Loved, loved this cottage . . .

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you for bringing this feature back, Nancy! You've shown us a perfectly charming cottage today! I love the use of all white tones for a peaceful look, even though the cottage is filled with collections. The low ceilings bring a nice cozy feel to the home. I love the swan and the chair upholstered with fabric labeled "post office".

    ReplyDelete
  17. One word went through my mind as I scrolled....stunning! I just love this style home and décor and would move in in a second! The details are amazing. I am assuming this one is not for rent!?

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh my what a beautiful cottage. The exposed brick and that fabulous fireplace in the dining. Gorgeous. So much detail and history in this beautiful place. I am going back over the pics too. Sooo much to take in. Glad you have your series again. I loved it.
    Hugs,
    Kris

    ReplyDelete
  19. You're back! YAY! That was beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I LOVE this little cottage! I could move right in - just take a few clothes and my toothbrush and I would be a happy girl! I don't think it's possible to have too many pillows but there has to be a plan to keep them somewhere when you crawl under the covers of the bed at night! Like you, I could collect stars. I've thought of using more stars in my Christmas decorating. I'm headed back to the source link to see more. This is one I have to study and study again!
    ~Adrienne~

    ReplyDelete
  21. Nancy, I am so delighted that you have decided to continue with your "Living Large in Small Spaces" series! This selection is such a charming one. There are SO many gorgeous details that just take my breath away, but can we just talk about that swan in the cloche? Oh my, I don't know if I've ever seen anything so perfect ;) And you're right about the fairy tale quality of the furnishings and decor in this cottage. I definitely took a little vacation through your fun-filled post! Happy Holidays and hugs to you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think the swan in the cloche was the hit of the tour! Thanks for stopping by, Julie. xo

      Delete
  22. Thank for sharing about this lovely cottage Nancy! I love the soothing colors in the decorations. Those sweet creams, beige and white are my favorite. Happy Advent season!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Such a charming cottage with Lots of wonderful inspiration.
    Mary Alice

    ReplyDelete
  24. I've hardly been online for the past month but I am on today and happened to click over to your site and found you are posting again. Sweet!
    One reason I've been gone is that I've been in England, mostly Dorset! So I've loved seeing this old cottage and remembering the places I saw last month.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nice to see you here. I hope you'll share photos of your England visit on your blog. Hugs.

      Delete

Your comments bring me joy! Thanks for stopping by.