Saturday, March 18, 2017

Living Large In Small Spaces - Wee Scottish Cottage

Located in the Village of Drongan in East Ayrshire, Scotland, this week's featured cottage may be wee, but it's big on comfort and style.





Welcome to the ninety-seventh post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".



This home is owned by Jennifer Higgins, and was the prototype for the The Wee House Company, a family business established by Jennifer and her father Ian Hope. The company educates and involves young people in the building of their homes through hands-on training, alongside their own experienced craftsmen.

Built in 2013, the exterior of the 430 sq ft timber frame cottage is painted a beautiful deep dark blue with crisp white trim. Flower boxes welcome visitors to the front entrance. 

A charming mudroom, that includes a lift-up lid bench and a shelf with hooks for hanging outdoor wear, leads to the interior.





The living room is painted a creamy white. Corner shelves provide storage, as well as a place to display favorite objects; a good way to conserve floor space.




Natural light floods into the room through the french doors and large window. 




Neutral upholstery, window coverings and the painted floor keep the room bright and airy.





I like the way Jennifer introduced color via the rug, cushions and artwork. Easy, inexpensive color changes can be made to the room at any time.





Tongue and groove paneling used throughout the home adds so much character. The kitchen walls were painted Blue Ribbon from the Dulux Heritage collection by Dulux Trade, a UK company.



The white kitchen cabinetry makes a nice contrast with the blue. Leaving the wall above the sink open makes the room seem more spacious.




I've always liked dining near a window. This little vignette is very inviting.





Between the living room and bathroom a sizable closet keeps necessary household items organized.




For a home this size, I have to say the bathroom is a nice surprise -- spacious and nicely appointed.





The blue and white theme continues into the bedroom with the use of Swedish White and Oxford Blue from the Dulux Heritage collection. Quite striking. The wardrobe units on either side of the bed were custom designed by Jennifer and made by her carpenter. A very clever and attractive solution for a small space.




This is a very relaxed room. Streamlined, but not sparse.




French doors provide lovely views of the countryside.




The french doors in the living room open to a delightful terrace. 



Located on land at the end of her parents’ garden, Jennifer has created a warm and welcoming wee cottage.





Read more about the cottage on Houzz here.
View the floor plan on The Wee House Company website here.



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.


28 comments:

  1. I love this! What a darling and charming cottage Nancy, so cute. But still plenty roomy inside. The little houses seem to be becoming really popular all over. Happy weekend!

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    1. It's an international movement now. I think there's a segment of the population that wants to live more simply.

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  2. What a cute little place. I think it is well laid out and seems really roomy for a small house. Hope you have a great weekend. xo Diana

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  3. The colors!!!, the windows with all that light!!!, the well thought out plan!!!!!
    When can I move in?

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  4. This is adorable. Wow what a great size bathroom for such small sq. footage. Wow this place feels so roomy and comfy. Great choice this week Nancy.
    Kris

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  5. This cottage is the perfect size and I love the dark blue exterior with the white trim. So crisp and sharp. The inside is darling. I could move in tomorrow.

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  6. You wouldn't even think all this space exists in this tiny home! It takes a lot of clever strategies to design and decorate such a small home, but after you see how efficient each room is organized, it makes you realize how little we all need to have a home-sweet-home. I so look forward to all your posts, Nancy!

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  7. This is probably my favorite of all. I love the colors and tiny details...I could live here for sure!

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  8. Hola amiga querida ,, realmente una casa adorable ,,m está casa que usted nos muestra tiene mucho encanto

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    1. Hola Angelica.Gracias por visitar. Que tengas una buena semana.

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  9. Charming indeed . . .
    Loved the white and mix of blue and navy . . .

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  10. Hi...what a Fabulous thing they're doing..helping build an spread the word..this place is huge..who would think you could have real rooms in just 430 sq ft..I'd hire them myself..Have a Sunday...

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Wende. I appreciate their willingness to pass along their knowledge and skills to young people, and would like to see our own communities do more of this.

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  11. I can't believe how spacious the cottage looks inside compared to the outside! The large bathroom is a surprise, too. It's a bright and cheery place to call home. Thanks so much for sharing, Nancy, and have a great day!

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  12. Oh I absolute want this place. All I need would be a studio for my art and quilting. I really like the blue bath and bedroom. There is something calming and relaxing about those colors. I have yet to paint mine but they will eventually get painted blue. I would like to PIN these pictures. Where would I go to do that?

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  13. Dear Nancy ... such a sweet and charming little cottage. It is just so, so cute. The storage is just wonderful in this wee little cottage. Of course, I think the kitchen is nice. I love the little table and chairs situated at the window. Another darlin' little home sweet home. It all looks so crisp and clean. Sunday Blessings ♥ Teri

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  14. Oh, how pretty!! I love this! Thank you so much for sharing these...I am enjoying them so very much! God bless you on this Lord's Day!

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  15. The outdoor color of the cottage had me right away, I love blue.
    I really like the design and agree, the bathroom is a nice size.
    Carla

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  16. Wow, this is adorable! It would make the perfect guest or mother-in-law cottage too.

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    1. I think this would make a great backyard cottage for aging parents. You're right.

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  17. Wee yes, but oh so wonderful. Looks like daydreams and carefree stays occur at this delightful cottage.

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  18. I think that Marie Kondo would love this house, looking at it makes me want to get up and tidy something. There is a lot to comment on but the little we see of the view is the winner.
    Amalia
    xo

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  19. What a sweet, little cottage! I love what she's done with it. It's just right!
    ~Adrienne~

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  20. There is no way that inside fits in the outside! It looks so big! Very sweet.

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  21. I love the way the blue is carried from outside to inside. It is a lovely cottage, very well organized and lives very large indeed! :)

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  22. I really loved that cottage and the fact that the blue and white theme is to be found in each room as well as on the exterior. Lovely and very relaxing!

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  23. It really is a cute little home. I love the blue and white. It seems nautical.

    The rug you made turned out really cute and it does look like a Spring garden :)

    Stay warm, my friend. Spring will be there soon!

    xo,
    rue

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