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Friday, February 3, 2012

Country cottage Home tour

Happy Friday everyone! Today I would like to share a Country cottage home tour.
Jane is a real gem and I am so happy she agreed to share her home and her story with us.
When Debbie asked if we'd like to participate in her house tour feature on her blog, we were truly honored. It was only a year ago that I met Debbie through her newbie party that she has on her blog, and I discovered that we live about an hour apart. 
Right away, I realized what a warm, wonderful person she was to deal with all the questions that newbies have, myself included!
 So, Debbie, I give you a great big thank you and a hug  for helping us get started.
Welcome to the Cottage at the Crossroads! My husband and I moved here two and a half years ago. This is the house that my husband grew up in and was built by his grandfather after whom he is named. It is sitting on land that has been in his family since the 1700s. The house was sitting empty at the same time that we were making some life-changing decisions. So we decided to move here, and that has been the best decision that we've ever made.

This is our front porch which is used about 10 months out of the year, weather permitting.

One of the first things we did when we moved here was to screen in the porch. You can read more about our porch  HERE.

Our home is small. It is under 1400 square feet, which is half the size of the house we moved from. So all of the furniture that you see is what we already had. If it didn't have a place in the cottage, it was sold.

Prior to moving in, we had the entire house painted, inside and out.  And when we ripped out the old carpet, we discovered these wonderful, old pine floors which we had refinished.

We also painted the fireplace, and we found this butterfly picture that Leo's mother colored about 50 years ago. You can read about that HERE.

Our living and dining areas are one big room, which is unusual for such an old house. So when you walk into our home, you can see straight through from the front to the back.

Here's our kitchen. We painted the cabinets white, installed beadboard and new countertops, and put in a cork floor.

The kitchen is fine, but when we have big, family gatherings, it seems mighty small! One day we'd like to enlarge and modernize it. If you'd like to read more details about our kitchen, click HERE.

From the kitchen, there is a back porch where the washer/dryer is located. Those old, turquoise boards will find their way into the new kitchen one day.

From the kitchen is also our office. This used to be Leo's bedroom when he was growing up.

This is our hallway where we have a lot of family photos displayed.

Halfway down the hallway is the guest bedroom. You can see more of that room HERE.

Next to the guest bedroom and our bedroom is our bathroom. Yep, there is only one of them, and that was the biggest adjustment that Leo and I had to make when we moved to the cottage!

It's a small bathroom, and we did remodel it before we moved in. We added beadboard in here, too. Henry likes to nap on the shelves.

There are shelves on both sides of the shower, and a little area to tuck hampers into.

I use lots of baskets and jars for storage.

Looks like Juicy has found a comfortable spot on our bed.

This is the only closet in our entire house! But that's ok.

Most everything that we wear now can be folded and put into this armoire.

Most of our time is spent outdoors in our flower gardens or

in our vegetable garden.

I hope you've enjoyed the tour of our humble cottage. It's a cozy haven for us, and please come back to visit again.

Thank you Jane for  having us over to tour your lovely home.
You may visit Jane

Have a wonderful weekend folks! It is a nice bright sunny day here.  Is it really February 3rd already?

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Blogger Marie said...

So charming! Thanks for introducing her to us. Will definitely be following her blog.

Have a lovely weekend!

February 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

She had a lovely cottage! Thank you for holding this open house...

February 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love what you've done to the cottage! I am trying to live by the motto, "use it or lose it."

February 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a gorgeous place. I love a home that every room is used and loved. So many times you see places that look like they are only entered to be cleaned.

What a warm place you have created.

February 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Thanks for featuring our home, Debbie! We love this old place that has housed so many people in our family at one point or another. Maybe you can come visit it in person one day!

February 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Nancy's Notes said...

What a wonderful and charming home! How wonderful to live in such a cherished place!

February 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Debbie!
This is such a great cottage tour! Thanks for sharing all these photos of sweet Jane's lovely home. I love her style and she is such a nice person too.

Great post!

February 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beautiful cottage Jane and her husband have, Debbie! I am always happy to hear about property or homes that have been in the same family for generations. Love the layout and for 1400 sq. ft., it looks like all the space has been put to good use.

February 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I have visited her blog several times and enjoyed pictures of her charming home. I love her painted brick fireplace. If I had a brick fireplace, I would paint it white. It looks so vintage like that. Thanks for sharing this tour!

February 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love a smaller home! This is so cute and personable!

February 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Tami Michel said...

What a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing and introducing us to Jane. :)

February 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Jane, Your home is beautiful! I could just curl up on your screened in porch and spend the day! :-) Love your red front door too!

February 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

You've made such a lovely haven to live in. This is my kinda home.
thanks for introducing us to jane, deb.

February 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Jane and her hubby have a lovely home and blog..I have been a follower of hers...She is so refreshing and lovable!

February 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

Jane's home is fantastic...very sweet and cozy. Love her blog, too! Thanks Jane and Debbie!


February 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Wendy Paine Miller said...

A. I'm amazed at how clean your house is.
B. Your kitchen is giving me all kinds of ideas. I ripped off the doors to our cabinets years ago and painting the interior a sage color. Still needs more work though.

~ Wendy

February 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger ღ Jans Life According To Milo ღ said...

Such a great house, so cozy, comforting and welcoming! : ).. I could live in a house like that!

February 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Very charming! I love all of their personality in the rooms as well as the older woodwork, doors, etc! The photo of the cat in the cupboard is priceless!

February 3, 2012 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger Wendy's World 82 said...

How adorable and meticulous. Thanks for sharing. It's a motivation to go clean mine. Love the gardens also.

February 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

This cottage is truly beautiful! The rolled up towels were one of my favorite details. Love it all! Thanks for sharing.

February 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, what a fabulous home tour!!! and I love her cat too!!!

February 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie Dear! Oh, thank you for telling us about her. I'll go and check out her blog.
Have a wonderful weekend.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

February 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Allyson McGuire said...

This is just beautiful! I would live on that screened in porch!


February 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

How lovely! I am in awe of what you have done, especially having one closet. I need lessons! :-)

Thanks so much for sharing.


February 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Thanks for sharing this. Love it all, could live there.
Audrey Z

February 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Barbara F. said...

Jane is indeed a gem. I am happy to have met her early in my blogging. I love to swap recipes with her. And I always enjoy their gardening, too. A wonderful couple. xo

February 3, 2012 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Queenie Believe said...

Such a cute home, what a treasure to have it remain in the family.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

February 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Honey at 2805 said...

Thanks for a great home tour!

February 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Debbie, you are so great hosting a newbie party and featuring newer bloggers on your tours!

February 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

I started following her a while ago when you introduced her on your blog. What a wonderful job they have done on his childhood home. Thanks-Diana

February 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...


February 3, 2012 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is fabulous! Bigger than my house. The history and memories, how magical


February 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Debbie, I think Jane's cottage is charming. Love that big porch. I'd spend my time there. ~ Sarah

February 3, 2012 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger said...

I have been a follower of Leo and Jane for a while, it is one of my favorites, like visiting old friends.They have done a wonderful job with their home.

February 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So sweet! Love her white kitchen, such Charm! And of course Juicy...what a cutie!

February 4, 2012 at 4:37 AM  
Blogger Formerly known as Frau said...

it's perfect and so inviting....perfect place to call home.
Thanks for the wonderful tour.

February 4, 2012 at 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a lovely cottage and Jane has decorated it marvelously. I love everything about it.

February 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love Jane's little spot of heaven! I have such garden envy it's not even funny! Thanks for showing everyone what a great gal we have in Jane. And, yes, I'm super behind in my blog reading! I've been working on two projects, one outside and one inside that have been taking up a lot of time. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

March 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I love the cottage and the kitties make it just perfect!

March 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM  

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