I was surprised to learn that one of my all-time favorite houses – we’re talking going back to college years here folks - in Vancouver British Columbia is for sale! Not necessarily a good thing because it is at risk of being torn down and replaced with some massive modern McMansion.
This was the VERY FIRST house that caught my eye the day I moved to Vancouver. I remember my parents commenting on the distinctive wavy roof because we had never seen anything like it before.
A couple years later, I lived in an attic apartment literally four blocks away from this house during my last two years of university in the late 1990′s.
I drove by this house every day as I took the bus to the University of British Columbia. I walked by it countless times with armloads of groceries. Being a life-long house nut, I was naturally smitten with this little cutie and always wondered what lucky soul lived there.
It turns out the house was owned by an elderly lady who passed away in November 2012. Her heirs are selling off her estate so the home is now up for sale for the first time in many years.
I got downright giddy when I found Starry Night Cottage in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Owner Kaye Driscoll Gallahar gave me permission to show you around this adorable 1880′s home which is now used as a vacation rental…
Kaye and her husband searched for over two years before finding this little gem just a short stroll away from the historic downtown area of Eureka Springs.
The cottage exterior just bursts with curb appeal, but have a look at how the Gallahar’s have decorated the inside…
It’s a perfect dollhouse!
In the Blue Mountains of Australia is a sweet little cottage named Carrow Holly.
I’m used to seeing these types of Victorian bungalows in and around North America. So I was pleasantly surprised to find this little gem in Blackheath village in the mountainous region west of Sydney.
Carrow Holly was built in 1907 and is currently used as a vacation rental.
It only has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom but it is plenty sweet and cozy (or “cosy” as they say Down Under)…
The owners have maintained the vintage ambiance with period appropriate renovations.
Today I am featuring Wabi Sabi Cottage…
A new house with an old soul.
I stumbled onto Wabi Sabi Cottage online quite by chance and the owner, Joan Thompson, was gracious enough to let me share these photos with you.
Wabi Sabi Cottage is located in the Historic Sheepscot Village, near Alna, Maine. The cottage overlooks the tidal Sheepscot River and is actually a bed & breakfast AND a charming country café.
This stone home in Doli-Mani Greece appears to have been built some 300 years ago…
But if you look really closely, you may sense that it is a bit too perfect. The structure was actually built in 2003 as a guest house.
The cottage and gardens are so enchanting and rustic… I must admit – I was fooled.
The photographs have captured each vivid scene in postcard-like quality…
Aiolou Architects - a design firm out of Greece - used construction methods traditional to the area, complete with 50cm (almost 20 inch) thick stone walls, timber frame windows, and ceramic roof tiles.