Welcome back dear friends! I mentioned in our last post that we had been traveling some. A week or so ago, my husband and I took a trip to North Carolina. I will give you our itinerary and show you a number of places we visited in another post later in the week, but today I want you to see the house we rented. The home is owned by Angela who blogs at The Painted House. I had first read about the cottage when I was following Nester at the Nesting Place blog.
I followed Nester for a number of years, but as her tastes changed into a more modern style, and mine remained the traditionalist here, I stopped following her blog, but I kept remembering the cottage that she had written about here (6 years ago folks!) I also followed Angela as she documented how her family changed the place from a dark and spooky cabin into a light filled cottage, and she even set up a blog for it. What I remembered most from all of their posts was that the cabin was peaceful. After such a busy and hectic March..(well actually a busy and hectic 8 months!) I wanted/needed to escape to a peaceful place.
So the cottage in North Carolina seemed the perfect choice. And it was. It is located outside of Waynesville on a road all by itself…nothing else around but forests. When we got out of the car, I inhaled deeply and then exclaimed to my husband, It smells like Highlands!…which is of course the best smell in the entire world in case you didn’t know. 🙂 When I say Highlands, I mean Highlands, North Carolina. The entire town smells like evergreens mixed with rich dark soil and rain – a smell that no candle has ever been able to emulate for me – and I’ve checked a zillion searching for one. The photo above shows the view to the front of the cottage, (so you can see how truly secluded it is) and the photo below shows why I instantly smelled that wonderful scent when we got out of the car. There’s a Christmas tree farm behind the cottage! Oh how I love you Frasier fir trees!
Yes, there is a hot tub, and yes, that is the glorious view.
Obviously I took these photos on different days.
The sky didn’t just suddenly cloud up like that.
Here’s the view from the hot tub on the clear day. 🙂
At one end of the cottage is a screened porch. The evenings and mornings were very chilly while we were there, but I would love to visit again when the weather warms up and enjoy breakfast on the porch (or grill out in the evening and have dinner there.)
Now I am going to take you inside through the front door rather than through the porch, but I want you to know that the decor is different from what I normally gravitate to. (No I am not changing my style. 🙂 ) The cottage is more modern than what you normally see here at Talk of the House, but it fit the location perfectly.
When you come into that huge great room you are instantly drawn to that wall of windows that look out to the forests and the mountains beyond. You also notice all that wonderful wood on the ceiling. It is in every room of the cottage. 🙂
There is comfortable seating in soothing tranquil colors.
I really liked that painted green chest.
The great room has a huge stone fireplace, but unfortunately the chimney does not work. So just use the candles in it for ambiance when you go. 🙂
The leather chair is perfectly positioned to take in the mountain view
(or read a book.)
At the other end of the great room is the dining table. It is actually an old picnic table that Angela painted.
And her centerpiece is simply a huge dough bowl filled with pinecones. (You can see my similar one in a photo on last year’s Christmas post here. I just need to dunk a few of our cones in some paint for a little color contrast.)
Now turn around, and you will see the kitchen.
They took the old upper cabinets off the wall and reused them elsewhere. They then needed some space for storage, so she bought this glass front cabinet to house their dishes. Handy dandy! There is also a walk in pantry located in the space behind that cabinet.
I also liked the cabinets painted green.
Now walk back through the great room so I can show you the master bedroom. If you scroll back up about 6 photos, you will see that we walk through an opening with a sliding barn style door to enter the bedroom area.
Angela used blues in this space. Don’t you just love that painted blue bed?!
Across from the bed is this chair and a grouping of art done in more blues.
And there is another painted cabinet in this room as well. We have never had a television in any of our master bedrooms. So it was a nice luxury to be able to watch the tv in bed at night. (We watched and laughed through an old Superman movie with Christopher Reeve that we had seen many many years ago when we were dating.)
Now let’s go across the hall to the master bath.
The large mirror in there made the space seem even bigger.
Besides the claw foot tub, there is also a walk in shower
(which you can see reflected in the mirror.)
Angela is a gifted artist, and she did the cloud painting that hangs beside the bathtub.
And that is all of the North Carolina cottage that I have time to show you today. We have toured all the main level spaces, and for part 2 we are going to go downstairs. Yes, there is a downstairs!
Now don’t forget about the giveaway that is going on here until Sunday night 4/24/16….a $50 gift card for Amazon and Kristy Woodson Harvey’s two wonderful novels. Did you know she is from North Carolina? 🙂
To enter, all you have to do is simply leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/17/2016 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern time 4/24/2016 (on the blog itself – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please. Remember I’ll announce the winner, chosen from a random drawing, in the first post that publishes after that.
Thanks for coming on the house tour today, and I will see you for part 2 soon!
Until next time…