Log Home Love

I am completely in love with this log home located on an expansive lakefront lot in western Maine. The entire home is lovely, but the open concept main level is my favorite space in the cabin. I especially like an open concept layout in a vacation home. This way everyone can socialize whether in the [...]

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Cottage for Sale – A Book Review

Cottage for Sale, Must be Moved: A Woman Moves a House to Make a Home by Kate Whouley This book was a fun read! If you’re like me and enjoy memoirs, construction, and anything cottage-related — you’ll enjoy this book, too. The author shares the tale of finding and relocating a cottage to make an [...]

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Searching for a Soapstone Sink

I’m beginning to think about renovating our kitchen. And I’ve got soapstone on the brain. Our last kitchen remodel was done on the cheap about ten years ago. A  year or so earlier we had done some not insignificant work to the kitchen structure, which included replacing a sill, exterior wall, and window. By the [...]

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The Yellow Cottage

I walk by this yellow cottage on one of my regular walks. It’s not far from my house and is set back on a quiet country road. The driveway curves around front and to the left are horse pastures. The details suit the house just fine. Wood shake roof. Six over nine windows. Window boxes. [...]

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Our Cottage Door

  Our front door. The simple, unfinished boards are well-suited to an unpretentious, rustic cottage. The plank door acts as a “storm” door over a regular door that we don’t actually use. (It currently opens into a space between two bedrooms that we’ve converted into a very small office space.) When it came time to [...]

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Green Cottages & Cabins

All images via Joan Heaton Architects I stumbled across Joan Heaton Architects in my December 2012 issue of Cabin Life magazine. The magazine features a simple and remote 600 s.f. cabin that the firm, based in Bristol, VT, designed. The cabin itself is truly inspiring and green in more ways than one. Built using green [...]

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Recovery in Existing Home Sales Expected to Continue in 2013

If you’re looking to sell a home in the near term you may be heartened by recent reports from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The association reported on October 25, 2012 that pending home sales are supporting a “solid recovery” in existing home sales this year which is expected to continue in 2013. For [...]

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1920s Beach Cottage – Cannon Beach

The color of the window trim and door is just perfect!

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Little House on the Mountain

little house on the mountain, a photo by brackenlad on Flickr. My parents were born in Ireland, each in a traditional thatched-roof cottage in Connemara on the western coast. This  cottage in Donegal may be more modern, but the stone walls and rocky outcroppings remind me of that wild countryside.

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Cottage at Chatham Bars Inn

Last fall we took my mom to the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod to celebrate a very special birthday. She loved the spa and the grand inn. I loved the cottage we stayed in on Shore Road, across from the main inn. The inn has several of these “cottages,” I think this one was [...]

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