May 31, 2011

  • The Cottage – One Year Anniversary!



    Today is a celebration of one year in the Cottage!

    When we bought this bungalow in January of 2010, this is how is looked.

    I was depressed for three days after going through this house!
    It had great bones, and so much character in this hundred year old house,
    but it needed SO MUCH WORK.

    After four months of working on it full-time, we moved in on May 31, 2010.

    It still needed quite a bit of work. :)
    The landscaping looked like the above picture, even though the exterior had been painted like below.

    One year later, there is still work to be done! :)
    But I took this picture this morning,
    to celebrate one year
    of being in our dear little cottage!

    After four years of being in a rental house,
    being able to own our own home once again was a dream come true!


    There is still work to be done, but it feels like home…. ♥
    We love the little Cottage at 341 South!

    ~ clarita



Comments (25)

  • Clarita, I don’t know if it’s just me but the pictures aren’t showing up. I really, REALLY want to see the pictures!!

  • Just adorable. If I went by the cottage today I would want to live there…or know the people who did. So glad it has had your sweet,HARD WORKING, family to turn it into a loved home.

  • The black shutters and the red door and the white paint!! Wow! What a difference that made. And now it looks loved and lived in instead of old and sad.  So very pretty!

  • Amazing transformation. Dull to fresh and full of life. Way to go and congrats on your 1st anniversary of home sweet home!

  • Oh my goodness… I couldn’t believe the difference! I fell so deeply in love with the house we bought in Colorado… and I ache for it so often. After our trappings across the world in the military are over, I want to go back to it and STAY and transform it like you have your cottage.

  • Super cute! You guys did a great job! : )

  • @inanorchard - I’m terribly sorry!! Not sure what the problem is – can you right click and ‘show picture’?

  • o it’s so very welcoming!! i love before and afters…all the pictures you post of ‘the cottage’ are always a delight to behold.
    happy anniversary!! =)

  • It’s so cozy, cute, and inviting. I would love to live in a cottage like that. Wow, you did do a lot of hard work….

  • I was all excited when I saw the title…I knew it would be pictures of your cute, cozy cottage!  I just love when you post pictures of your home, it’s so, so pretty! 

    I LOVE your front porch! The landscaping, the ferns, the roof (which my husband would Love!) how lovely.
    You guys really got a lot done in only a year!  We have been in our house for 9 years and we still have a ways to go.

    Happy “Cottage” Anniversary! =)

  • ohhh i was so excited when i saw the before picture cause I know with your beautiful touch it would be transformed. sooo awesome to see ‘one year later’. it looks sooo cozy. i love it. so excited to see the continued work.

  • Ah, your house looks so inviting!

  • Girl I love your style :)

  • You two are a great team for making homes feel “loved” and beautiful! I often think of your beautiful Chestnut St. house too and the wonders you did there! I love the before and after pictures here. Thanks for showing the outside picture taken today. LOVE it! The “before” pic is what we saw when we visited just a little over a year ago! Wow . . . what a transformation.

  • Happy Anniversary to a well-loved house and to the hard-working team who restored it to beauty!

  • wow! it’s amazing Clarita. you guys did SUCH a good job. wish so much we could visit sometime…

  • I can only imagine all the hard hard work you guys have put into this!! Well done to both of you!! 

    Love the music!  …one of my favorites too!

  • @WasabiBek - ooooh, i wish too you could visit! so sad it’s soooo far away!

  • @FOREVERLANE - that’s right! you saw it in all its depression. :) you’re welcome back anytime to see it in the present state! :) and yes, i still think of our dear chestnut st. home… there is just something so very sentimental about that first house of ours…

  • Beautiful transformation! I think this should be submitted to Southern Living.

  • @luckymullets - you are very kind! thank you though for your very sweet words!

  • i love it! aren’t dreams such wonderful things?! this is ’pat yourself on the back’ stuff! :) Esther

  • Replied to several of your comments. Here’s one link. ONE of these days I will have a handy “replying to comments” method.

  • So absolutely beautiful!!!! Your cottage looks so inviting. I’m sure the community can’t believe the change they have seen. Looking at these pictures reminds me–when we used to go house shopping I’d point out house like the “before” version here, and gush about how cute they were–dreaming of what they could be. Steve had always lived in new houses and shuddered at their condition. :) We’re finally more on the same page now–understanding where the other one is coming from.

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