Cute cottages

Charming old farmhouse in Froland, Norway

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p92066

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p92066

Have a look at this idyllic farmhouse in the countryside of southern Norway. The cozy abode is actually used as a self-catering vacation rental.

Of course at this time of year, it looks more like this:

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p92066

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p92066

The farmhouse is rentable year-round but is most popular in the summer season because it is only 100 meters from a lake with free trout fishing. Apparently trout fishing is BIG in Norway!

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p92066

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p92066

The property also includes a barn, a small museum, a “smithy” and a bee house.

Have a look inside the house….

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p92066

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p92066

It has been updated and remodeled, but with an eye toward keeping the quaint old-country feel.

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A 300 year-old Swiss Cottage to swoon over

image from: www.welcomebeyond.com

image from: www.welcomebeyond.com

Ski season is officially here so it’s time for House Crazy Sarah to indulge her inner ski-bum (yeah right) and look at some Swiss ski chalets!

image from: www.welcomebeyond.com

image from: www.welcomebeyond.com

This lovely cottage is located on Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland.

The historic chalet was actually moved from its original location – over 30 kilometers away – in the 1970’s.

image from: www.welcomebeyond.com

image from: www.welcomebeyond.com

Today the cottage serves as a vacation rental and has so much to offer at any time of the year.

The views of Lake Lucerne…..

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Little bungalow with lots of funk

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

It’s pretty tame from the outside – maybe even lame – but this little bungalow’s heart-beat red door hints of something else going on inside.

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

Located on the eastside of Los Angeles, this 1939 bungalow has many original features that mesh well with the fresh décor.

The cottage only measures in at a mere 830 square feet, but it packs quite a punch when it comes to style.

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

Underneath the cow, you have original hardwood floors.  Also note the corner fireplace and coved ceilings that were so popular in that era.

The dining room is rather impactful with dark chalk-board paint…

image from: www.redfin.com

image from: www.redfin.com

…and a hot mama to bring your pie!

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Tiny Texas Houses

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image from: http://tinytexashouses.com/

Have you heard of this amazing company out of Luling, Texas called Tiny Texas Houses?

image from: tinyhousetalk.com

image from: http://tinytexashouses.com/

Their slogan is: “Building The Future With The Past

image from: www.tinyhousedesign.com

image from: http://tinytexashouses.com/

And true to their word, they use 99% vintage salvaged materials to build the cutest, tiniest, eco-friendly homes you ever did see!

image from: http://tinytexashouses.com/

image from: http://tinytexashouses.com/

Each pint-sized home is hand-crafted using recycled materials from demolition of old Texas houses/buildings and is sculpted into “Livable House Art.”

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Rose Cottage in Louisa, Virginia

image from: www.gayleharveyrealestate.com

image from: www.gayleharveyrealestate.com

This sweetheart of a cottage is for sale in Louisa, Virginia.

It was built in the year 1860.

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

My first impression was that this house was built in the carpenter (or folk) Gothic Revival style but the listing agent describes it as an “antebellum board & batten home, built from an Andrew Jackson Downing cottage design.”

And to back this claim up, in the listing photos the agent included a drawing of the cottage design from Andrew Jackson Downing’s 1842 publication A Domestic Revolution: Cottage Residences :

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Yep, this particular home is definitely an Andrew Jackson Downing design, but he was famous for Gothic Revival cottages, so I’m wondering where the “antebellum” comes in.

Antebellum simply means pre-war, as in, before the American Civil War. But when applied to architecture, antebellum refers to a style characterized by neoclassical and Greek revival style plantation houses and mansions – not gingerbread board and batten cottages!

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

image from: http://rosecottagelouisa.com/

Perhaps I am over thinking this whole thing. I’ve read that everything old in the south is referred to as “antebellum”.

So let us just enjoy looking at this lovely pre-war folk Gothic cottage, shall we…

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Sarah Felix Burns

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