Sunday, May 19, 2019

1940's Sunday House

Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile may remember my Living Large in Small Spaces series. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can click on the 
LLISSS tab above for the whole story.

A little over a year ago we sold our little cottage in Oregon, and since then we've been living in an apartment while I've dreamed of owning another joyful cottage. 

Sometimes I'd sit in my chair with my laptop and search for hours on to see what might be available, even before we were ready to make a purchase.

Anyway, last December on one of my virtual home tours I came across what I think is an adorable "Sunday House" in Texas. It sold right away -- I mean within 48 hours it was gone (which is pretty typical in this hot -- no pun intended -- Texas real estate market ) -- but I always had in mind that one day I would share it with you. Today's the day, so here we go.

This 806 sq ft cottage appeared on the market in December, and the landscaping reflects the season. Not much to look at in the winter.

Step inside, though, and you'll see what drew me to this sweet place. 

Look at all the windows. Natural light everywhere.

I love the ceilings and the rustic beams. The hardwood floors are original to the home.

I wish there were more photos of the kitchen.

Personally, I would have done something different with the refrigerator and range, as I don't like them next to each other without a space in between, but that's me. Maybe that doesn't bother everyone. The kitchen floor is hand stenciled.

The master bedroom is pretty big for such a small home, and appears to have a nice closet.

I'm speculating, of course, but I think this cottage may have been a vacation rental before it was sold.

Whatever the case, I think the cottage is charming. 

It has a little deck and shed in back.

A very rustic privacy fence, and fire pit for relaxiing.

If this place were mine I'd plant a bunch of trees and add plenty of flowers.

There's always room for improvement, right?

If you're interested in learning about the history of the Sunday House (or Haus in German), click here.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Have a great week!




  1. Hooray!
    You are doing it again... Showing the most adorable homes you can find!

  2. I like it!

    It's humble and inviting.

  3. Well isn't that interesting. I have never heard of the term Sunday House but I can totally see the sense of it. I knew from the rock walls that it must be in the Hill Country. You see that on houses and fences down there. The Hill Country is my favorite area in Texas, not that I've been to all areas. If I were a settler, that's where I would have ended up..

  4. This is a great use of small space. I loved your series and love that you are showing this small space. It is spectacular! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. Was that a shiplap wall in the bathroom? I think I watch too many of those Texas flip and sell shows on tv. Cute home. Loved the tour. Happy to see your blogging again.


  6. How WONDERFUL it is to see you on a regular basis, Nancy! I hope you stay with us for a while on blogging! First of all, thank you for coming to my blog post a while back; with my job and other activities, it's hard for me to manage my comments as I once did, but thank you so much. Now for this this not the cutest place! Stone and wooden beams, you can't go wrong. And I'm always impressed with how much efficient living space one can get from such a limited amount of area. Well done! Best wishes on your hunt for another small dream home. I know God will bless you once again!

  7. Oh, I love it as well and can certainly see why you were drawn to it! You could really do wonders to this lovely little home if you owned it! The stenciled floor in the kitchen intrigued me and I like the openness! It was a delightful tour and a wonderful way to start my week! Thank you!!

  8. So nice to see another sweet little cottage and I thank you for taking the time to put this all together.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  9. Love it. Miss this series.

  10. I always loved your small house blogs. This one is absolutely wonderful! I, too, would rearrange the refrigerator and stove. Like you, I want some space between. Thank you for the information about Sunday Houses. I think I need a Sunday House at the beach!

  11. That is so interesting! It's a very charming house. I live in Pennsylvania Dutch country, and the article mentioned something similar here. The only thing I could think of was the Amish Dawdi Haus. Those are small houses (attached to the main farmhouse or not)for the retired father and mother. When the youngest son took over the farm, the parents go live in the Dawdi Haus.

  12. I always enjoyed your posts on Living Large in Small Spaces series.

    Have a great new week Nancy!

  13. The inside is charming. Yes that back yard needs some GREEN going on. Great to see that you are sharing your sweet home finds once again. Blessings.

  14. This is darling! And, can you imagine how long it took to hand-stencil that kitchen floor? I love the feel of the whole're right, it is charming! I can't wait to see the photos of your new place after you put your mark on it! Sending hugs and blessing to you today, sweet friend! SO happy you are blogging again. :)

  15. Hi.....nice choice for the first one in TX, this series was always worth the wait. This is one of the best layouts I've seen in some time, maybe since you built your sweet little red home.

  16. Hi....this was a great choice for your first one in TX, this layout is one of the best I've seen, you know this series was always worth the wait. Thanks for bringing it back.

  17. This is Beautiful Nancy. I love all the windows that let in so much light. Not a fan of the stone outside but love the inside.

  18. Lovely to see you hunting down small homes again Nancy and this one is special. Does look so tiny outside but the interior is surprising.
    Still in my small cottage - but actually after being back in England the past couple of weeks, there are much smaller ones over there!
    Happy week - we're off again soon to the land of even smaller homes - think green and wet!

    Hugs - Mary

  19. LOVE it! What a charming home that I would want to live in all by myself!

  20. What a cute little cottage!! Why do I get the impression it may have been a 'flipper' house? Or perhaps you are right, a vacation rental. If it was lived in there'd be some landscaping, I would think!

  21. what a sweet place!
    i appreciate the *haus* variation
    and use it myself for our home
    in a couple different intentions.
    so good to *see* you in this place. ♥

  22. Whau! That is different. So lovely inside!! I presume one needs strong personality to own that one!

  23. What a wonderful little house/cottage! Love it.. and love the WHITE inside and the wood beams and the rustic decor.... those 2 bedrooms are both darling..... love all the white cupboards. So glad to see your post come in and am keeping my fingers crossed on your getting the cottage you found to buy! I always loved this series of the small spaces, and am so hoping one of your next posts says "we got it".... hugs.. Marilyn

  24. Oh wow....very nice. It don't look that small the way it is set up. I love.

    1. There's a lot of breathing room in this house. It's hard to tell if there's any other seating in the living room for more than one person. :)

  25. Nancy, I can see you living here and Denise enlarging the shed for a home studio, or maybe he doesn't need a home studio these days, what with the studio in town. Keep looking, your cottage will show up, but from what you said, you'll have to be Johnny On The Spot to get one. That one sure sold quickly. I really like the stone outside as well as the pretty interior and this one was the perfect size that you enjoy.
    Thank you for your prayers. We need them and appreciate them.
    Connie :)

  26. I love this little house, Nancy, I missed your tours. I was surprised how spacious it felt inside and also admired the natural light. I think my favorite room was the twin-bedded one, I loved the homespun look with the handmade quilts and cushions.


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