A FRIEND OF MINE has had a tendency to move often, both her family’s primary residence and weekend/vacation homes. Fortunately, she also has a talent for making any apartment or home look Domino-ready in very short order.
This two-bedroom 1930s cottage in a community of older homes near the village of Southampton, Long Island, is a long-range proposition, but it still looks essentially the same as it did one late summer evening two years ago. That’s when I saw it for the first time and took these photos, shortly after my friend and her husband moved in. (I’m finally getting around to sharing them as part of an effort to resume more frequent blog-posting),
The cottage proves a few things: that (well, as recently as two years ago, anyway) you can still find a substantially built house on a nice chunk of property — in this case, a flat, sunny acre — with vintage details, wood floors and walls — for under half a mil. And that you don’t need to over-furnish or overspend to create an interior that’s chic and functional. Sometimes simple is best.
My friends did a tad of work in the bathroom, installing a new wall-hung stainless steel sink, and virtually none in the rest of the house, even leaving the kitchen just as it was, with its basic appliances and linoleum floor.
They wired up some home-made lighting, and recycled furnishings they’d had in storage. The main seating is two twin mattresses on platforms, arranged in an L in a former sun porch. The dining table converts to a desk, or perhaps it’s a desk that converts to a dining table.
It’s all charmingly improvised and very much to my taste. There’s a renovation in the cards that will add a bathroom, a large bedroom, a screened-in porch and outdoor living areas. Meanwhile, the unassuming cottage fits the bill.
Sweet! Have you checked out the blue Mouse Motel up the road yet?
Looks so airy and comfortable!
I love it!! I want to live with less! Is it possible?
Move several times within the space of a few years? That will winnow down your possessions!
Charming! Love especially the kitchen and the niche above the stove. How lucky to find a place in move-in condition.
Love your posts!
I’ve been looking for a black/ white rug like the one shown here. Did they sew long rugs together? Can you find out where they got the rugs? Any suggestions for covering old bathroom tile floors? Wall to wall is welcome!
All the best,
Hi Pam, that black and white rug is an IKEA classic. It’s called Stockholm and they still carry it. Re covering old bathroom tile floors: new tile on top?