Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Living Small, Alas my Humble Cozy Cottage!

I know I've told you I live in a very small home, it's
been a challenge most of the time, for a couple of reason's.
One, we don't have a garage, who in their right minds can
live without a garage or huge barn for that matter??! Not
me, so it seems...

I loved having my small single garage as a
family room as my son grew up, it was nice to have him
and his friends out from under foot in our humble abode,

but...

I realize now, as time's gone on and my looove for
stuff has grown, it sure would be nice to have a garage
for storage and a work area for painting projects during
the winter etc. Our dining table has been totally covered
at various times throughout the years with many Christmas
projects being sanded, painted and not to mention
my MacGivers hunting projects, like repainting duck decoys
because they didn't look enough like the real thing, or 
cutting his venison...no kidding! 

Our humble cottage is small, but it is 'Home Sweet Home',
and really, there is 'No Place Like Home' is there?

I yearn for the clean, uncluttered look and freedom it offers, but
I'm not there yet, I'm working towards that clean white dream!

I work hard finding creative storage space,

OR...

in truth, are they really CrEaTiVe HiDiNg SpAcEs?!

So why am I sharing all of this with you my dear blogger friends?
Because I do want to share, really I do, but
I'm having a hard time because my
humble little cottage is not perfect,
not even near perfect, but after talking
to some of you, I understand I'm not the
only one, who worries about sharing their space because
they're still a work in progress...

So,

Even though it's not the way I want it to be,
it's my unique space and it's still under going it's
metamorphosis and in time, will be
my perfect little cottage.
to me anyway...

I've been putting off showing you my chandelier
because of my unsightly 80's shelves that line
my dining room, but I've decided after so many
of you told me to go ahead and reveal
the stinking truth outdated shelves, to 'just do it'!


~glimpse of chandelier bottom~


Looove it!


unsightly pantry door...



A white wood trimmed slider would be nice! :)


~new seat cushions are on my to-do list~




~little corner cupboard~

I'm linking to 'Faded Charm' for
and
Cindy's blog 'My Romantic Home' for
Please visit these CrEaTiVe folks blogs,
they have so many beautiful ideas to share with us!

I enjoy each and everyone of your comments and
I looove it if you'd Follow me!

Always, Debbie~






29 comments:

A Cottage Muse said...

Your photos are beautiful! Love the corner cupboard...we moved years and years ago and I had to leave mine behind!!

shabbyrosetreasures said...

Oh sweetie I love it! It is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely home.
Hugs,
Olivia

Cindy@shabbynsweet said...

Your home is beautiful. I think you are too critical of yourself. It looks gorgeous. Thanks for showing us a part of your world. I found myself a corner shelf recently, but am yet to paint it. On my to do list.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your home is lovely. My home is really small too and I do understand the storage thing. Love your chandelier and the corner cabinet is stunning with all it's wonderful white ironstone. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Covered in Chocolate Bakery Shoppe said...

Its lovely and so sweet! We should have a contest who has the Smallest House! I don't even have a room to put a dining table in :-( Don't even have a garage converted into another room :-(. Storage in little homes really is major problems.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

You're too funny. I was so drooling over the chandy I didn't notice anything else until you pointed it out. I love that corner cabinet, too.

Mary Ellen said...

Your home is lovely- I think we all have projects that need done and if I waited till everything was just the way I wanted I wouldn't have a post up yet!! It is fun seeing the transformation over the months and years on different blogs and it will be the same for us for your projects! I am wondering if you could tape off the glass and spray paint the slider door for now? Might be a cheap temporary fix.. I have seen on several blogs where they put up plastic around a hanging light and just spray paint it in place- maybe the same kind of idea for the door.

Your chandy is so pretty- there is nothing prettier than sparklies to beautiful a room!!

Lenore said...

Great photos and that white corner cupboard is fabulous!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Debbie, just joined as a follower, Your home is great, who lives in perfection? My home is a work in progress!
blessings,
Debra

Debbie~ said...

You put a smile on my face! I sure appreciate all your wonderful comments, you've made me feel so much more inspired, thank YOU all so much and Mary Ellen, that idea about painting my black window trim is a fabulous idea, I'll run that by my MacGiver (he 'IS' a house painter by trade)!!! :) Big Hugs to all of YOU! xo Debbie~

afistfullofweeds* said...

Hi! I think you have really done a great job, and guess what? none of us are ever really finished decorating! Sad but true! I Love your dining room table and those chairs!! Rhonda

Shelia said...

HI Debbie! This is my first time to your blog - I found you at Cindy's My Romantic Home and popped in!
Now I don't think any of us live in the perfect home or have all of our projects done yet! I know I sure don't! Your chandy is so pretty and I love peeking into you lovely home! Love your collection of creamware.
Now I'm going to scroll through your lovely blog.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Carolyn said...

I love your corner cabinet and the chandelier.

Susan said...

I absolutely love your corner cabinet!

Natasha said...

You have so many pretty things! I think your chandelier is just beautiful and I love the view out to your garden from your dining area.

Your home is just lovely!

Best wishes for a beautiful weekend,
Natasha.

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Love the chandy but really really love those dining room chairs. So pretty!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I think your home is just lovely and the chandelier goes so well with it!

Crystal said...

The chandelier is great!!! I know what you mean about small, I live in a house with 6 rooms! Yeah that's it with 2 growing girls. No garage but outbuildings. I sympathize! Your room is very pretty!

AshTreeCottage said...

Love that corner cabinet and your chandelier is so pretty!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Cindy~ said...

Hi Debbie.

I can certainly relate! We live in a small home also, infact my kitchen is no bigger than some folks closets but I too love my humble abode and just learn to make do. Your home looks so cute and cozy. I will be back for more visiting!

Jami said...

Oh I think it's lovely! I like how you painted it white and make it coordinate while you are living with it. Good job.

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

I love love love the all painted white against the warm wood floor!
Such a cozy home!
Have a great weekend!
Cindy

Robyn said...

Your home is lovely! I adore your chandelier and you white corner cabinet. Your pieces in there are GORGEOUS!

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

What a gorgeous chandelier. I just love it. You have a lovely home too. I am a new follower and will be back soon. Hope you have a chance to come say hello.

Cheers,
Lia

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Debbie~ ~
This is my first time here and I came over from Cindys RH. You know, if you talked to any of us bloggers I bet you would find that all of us think our homes are a work-in-progress. Even the homes that look perfect to me and you. There is always just another thing to do to make it better. I don't think mine will ever be done.

Your place is really sweet. Mine is not that big either but it's cozy and we love it. You talked about loving white but hating your shelfing above in the diningroom. Why not choose a shade of white that you love and paint the whole room white shelves, brackets, door trim and all. It would be a showpiece for just the price of a couple gallons of paint. The shelves would look so cute filled with china and doo dads. You could even paint the dark trim around the slider white. Just a few thoughts I love taking a negative and making it a positive.
Stop over for a visit. It's nice to meet you.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

It all looks beautiful! I finally got a white sliding door. I lived with an old dirty aluminum one for years! I think for most of us there are lots of things we want to change! Your chandelier looks beautiful! I remember when I first put mine up, I admired it every time I walked by!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Love the chandelier--I did one in my little girls room.
I will sign up to follow and would lvoe to have you do the same.
Cheri

Betty Jo said...

Your home is beautiful! That chandy is incredibly gorgeous and I love your corner shelf with all the beautiful white treasures on it. I don't even have my cottage yet, and I'm looking for a small one as I don't like large places. I also love your blog and am going to sign up as a follower. ♥

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore your chandi~ swoon!

I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

Have a wonderful weekend.