Thursday, July 10, 2008

Small is Beautiful



Is this not the cutest little house you have ever seen?  There is a street in our town with a few of these small houses.  I think they were built as laborer's cottages in the early nineteenth century.  I can imagine that it must have been a tight fit for a family with children, but I can't help thinking how charming they are.




As you can see, they have been lovingly kept up, with sweet little front door gardens.  They grey house is a private home, and the yellow one is now a business. 

 I have toured the grey house as part of a Christmas house tour, and the living room is decorated with a dog theme -- a red wing chair with needlepoint dog footstool, hunt prints and canine figurines, all surrounding a tiny fireplace.  Totally charming!

Don't you love the small curved boxwood hedge in front of the yellow house?  I think it is really unusual, and I love the way it encircles the small tree and colorful flowers.  I am also so  enamored of the white picket fence.  Perfect for this little charmer.

As far as I am concerned, small is definitely beautiful!

36 comments:

  1. I agree! In fact, I have been fantasizing about a small little place with a small courtyard garden in the back and a postage stamp garden in the front. If we get to the point where we need to really downsize, I'd love to find a little place like that!

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  2. I couldn't agree more. They are so charming...

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  3. Very cute! I love the yellow house with picket fence. What a beautiful garden too!

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  4. They are enchanting. It makes me so happy that someone loves both of these.

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  5. Morning girl....I love the tiny houses..they are like dollhouses and they just beg you to come inside and play...so glad someone has taken the time to take care of these and fill them with love....Hope the sun is shining on your side of the mountain today my friend..have a great day!

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  6. I could live in either of them! Wish I had been on that Christmas house tour...sounds delightful!

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  7. Mary

    Our first house was a small colonial built in 1865, so adorable...my hubby says he is buying it back after the kids are gone as it would be perfect for us!In a little house, you use every spare space very wisely!
    :0)Tara

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  8. I totally agree because the spaces are cozy. Some of the cavernous homes they are building in this area are totally out of scale. There's no furniture large enough to make a dent. These smaller homes usually have great nooks and crannies.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

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  9. Those are both very charming--I especially like the yellow. Nothing defines a country cottage like a picket fence. Perfect.

    I love the photos on your previous post. Very elegant and graceful.
    Marnie

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  10. They are so sweet! I love little cottages like these - There is something so lovely and adorable, almost doll-house like about them.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Claudia

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  11. Those are great pictures! They look like they are straight out of the pages of a magazine!

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  12. Love those picket fences, some day we will decorate our front yard with one. Always thought I needed a BIGGER house but small is beautiful. Love the East Coast feel, since I am from NY originally!

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  13. Smaller houses mean less furniture , less cleaning, only the things you love... these houses have such character....

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  14. When we go up to the lake - we admire all of the small, modest cottages more than the larger, newer ones. We agree - small IS beautiful!!
    Karla & Karrie

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  15. I love the old houses and the character and charm they posess. We've many old farm houses and some victorians here in my community and I would absolutely love to have one. I love courtyard gardens. What a place to go and "refresh". I live in a "cozy" ranch style, so I'm sure it's occupants have learned to use their small space wisely.

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  16. Ohhh cute indeed! Love the second one with the picket fence :o)
    ~Des

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  17. I love these small houses. Have always believed that small is beautiful..and that families can live very happily in smaller spaces. Thanks for the house tour. They're great!

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  18. I agree, small is beautiful. I think back on the people that used to live there, though, and I don't know how they did it. There are days I don't fit in my large (by their standards) house. Just goes to show how much unneeded stuff we have now.

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  19. I love the yellow house. I wish it was my little yellow house instead of my little tract home. They say good things come in small packages.

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  20. How cute, especially the second one. It looks like a doll house.

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  21. Adorable..love the yellow one !!!

    As a matter of fact we are in the planning stages of putting in a fence a lot like the one in the picture, from Walpole fence, I just love a little picket fence !!

    As always Mary nice eye candy !!

    Have a great day,
    Kathy :)

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  22. p.s we just returned from a trip to Newport, RI and toured The Breakers, the dollhouse they had for their kids is bigger than those houses. Amazing !!!

    Kathy :)

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  23. I think small can be charming and cozy. Both of the houses are adorable, and I love the picket fence.
    I'm always curious to see the inside.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  24. These houses are amazing. Thanks for sharing. I am so enamored with their style. If they were laborer's cottages; was there a business that most of them worked for? Like here in the West we have a few company towns. One where I used to live, was in Monterey county, Spreckles. It was owned by the Spreckles Sugar family. Or Tuolumne City. It used to be a company town, and was owned by the local lumber mill. This is near where I live now. The funny or sad thing. I live in a small two story home. Probably close to the same square footage as these. My home was built in the 1970's and is without style. What little effort could have gone into making it something like these! I also like that curved boxwood. I adore boxwood! Again, style. Simple but beautiful. Many thanks. becky up the dry smoky hill ;o(!

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  25. I have a thing for red front doors and I love the gray and white with it. The boxwood border is beautiful! These really are charmers!

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  26. That is a lovely little home. I Love picket fences..

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  27. Those houses are charming! And kept up so well. They just seem to say come on it and have a cup of tea!

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  28. I think you are so right. They are so sweet and cozy looking. I love the gardens in the front. Some times bigger is not always better. Good things come in small packages.
    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  29. Those are the sweetest homes!

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  30. Oh I want one! How perfectly charming and cottage-y!!!! That yellow one with the picket fence is straight out of my imagination...only a tad smaller!

    Happy Friday!

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  31. I love seeing those quaint, old cottages. We have a lot in our town referred to as Sunday houses. The farmers and ranchers used to have them to stay in when they came to town for church on Sunday.It is especially fun to see them now when they are being lived in and loved!

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  32. I do love to look at old houses. Even the utilitarian was made to be attractive then. From my experience I think they're a lot of work though! You always take such lovely pictures- I just want to walk up to the front door.

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  33. Lovely houses! Would be great seein more houses like these!

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  34. Ah! Your banner is beautiful! Would be nice seating on this lovely bench!

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