Want to know how you can beautifully live in a small cottage?
In a cottage that is 1300 square feet?
Well, my friend Mary Alice of Chateau Chic can show you how.
Mary Alice recently downsized from a large home in the suburbs of D.C.
to a very quaint cottage on the east coast.
Today, I am thrilled to show you how she has made this cottage a beautiful retreat
for her and her hubby.
When you enter her home you come into an area they call the sunroom.
You can see how lovely it must be when you first enter the cottage
and what a delight to both work and relax in.
Here is the front door as it was decorated last year for Christmas.
The other side of the door …. and notice that Mary Alice uses beautiful vintage mirrors
throughout the house that shows gorgeous reflections.
A vintage French hat/coat rack holds a variety of Mary Alice’s beautiful vintage items.
Mary Alice uses many vintage cabinets for storage
and displaying her vast collections. This cupboard used to be in her former kitchen.
You will see Mary Alice frequently changing out items in her cabinets and chests and all surfaces!
The doorway to the cottage from the sunroom/entry area.
Another amazing area in the sunroom.
Mary Alice has an incredible collection of vintage breadboards…..big sigh!
Isn’t this the the coolest scale!
The stairs … located near the dining room.
A close up of what you see above in the corner of the photo.
Always amazing things to see. Check out that great door.
The Dining Room
Every corner of each room always has a pleasant surprise.
Whenever I visited Mary Alice in Virginia, I always marveled on how she so beautifully
decorated this particular buffet. The vignette was always different each time I visited.
You can see part of the kitchen from the dining room area.
I spoke about the wonderful reflections in the many mirrors
Mary Alice’s cottage. This is just one of them which reflects the dining room and kitchen. Pretty!!
The Living Room.
A beautifully appointed and versatile room.
I believe this particular piece in the living room is a treasured family piece.
Every inch is utilized….and items like these vintage suitcases used for pretty storage.
Pretties in corners.
Mary Alice always has wonderful backdrops to her furnishings like these doors.
Don’t have a fireplace? … create one…..and a beauty it is.
The mantel always has the most wonderful mantelscapes that changes with the seasons
or when the mood strikes Mary Alice.
This cottage has such wonderful leaded glass in many of the windows.
Cabinets in this room as others serve as storage and just looking pretty!
I have been shopping with Mary Alice many times
and she is a very savvy shopper. Her knowledge of antiques and her eye for design
is a great combination for creating a most stunning home. She knows a bargain when she sees it,
and she will splurge on something of greatness and uniqueness.
The Master Bedroom
Reflections in the mirror
There are other rooms of the cottage that are not shown today;
however, you can certainly get the feel for this gorgeous vintage cottage.
So, can you downsize to a cottage like this one of 1300 square feet?
I think I could if I was able to have this cottage to include all of Mary Alice’s things!!!
See more of Mary Alice’s wonderful cottage at Chateau Chic.
Have a most wonderful day!