Itsy, Bitsy Brookside Cottage

I first saw this adorable house on one of my favorite blogs – Tiny House Blog – a few days ago. I was so spellbound that I couldn’t resist showing this cottage some love here at House Crazy!

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

Located on Amethyst Brook in Amherst, Massachusetts, this 1940’s storybook cottage found a new owner in 2006. Christopher Stoney was the fated guy who purchased this cozy woodland home and he has been redecorating/renovating it one-room-at-a-time ever since.

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

He enthusiastically wrote an article for Tiny House Blog about how he came to own this little gem:

When I visited the house, I felt a sense of recognition. It was as if I were returning to a home I had built for myself in a previous lifetime. In a flurry of negotiations I got the price down to what I could afford, and with the help and advice of a Tarot reader, I overcame some legal hurdles and I became a homeowner.

– from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

I love this guy! “Returning to a home I had built for myself in a previous lifetime”?? What a wonderful way of describing the deep connection between humanity and home.

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

I adore Christopher’s decorating style – so homey, cluttered, and unpretentious. (You can actually tell that someone lives here, unlike most of the boring, sterile homes in glossy magazines).

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

Personality and artistic touches abound.

And check out the funky staircase that Christopher built himself:

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

I can just envision a little gnome-like guy from a past life hopping up those stairs! So cute!

Brookside Cottage is stuffed to the gills with charm and mismatched furniture:

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

Quaint and cozy – everything we all yearn for in our “cottage dreams”…

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

The two bedrooms upstairs are so minuscule they barely fit into a photograph…

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

…but oh, how I can hear the babbling brook below and smell the sweet leafy air through that open window!

The homeowner has done a lot of work on the bathroom but the house retains its original claw-foot tub (not pictured)…

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

This tiny home has found its person, that’s for sure.

We always talk about the American Dream of owning our own homes. But Christopher has really hit on something here:

I think it would be closer to the truth to say that this house owns me. Even as I have chosen this house to be my home, I feel that in some sense I have been chosen by this house, and by the woodland spirits that live here, to be its caretaker.     [emphasis mine]

– from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/yourstory/brookside-cottage

For additional photos and commentary from the cottage owner, see the original article from Tiny House Blog here.

Peace!

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“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.”

– Thomas Jefferson (Third American President 1801-1809, Author of the Declaration of Independence), designer of Monticello House)

 

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