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Summer at the #1905Cottage! #STOH2014

This is my favorite time of year! The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, the kids are getting out of school for the summer!

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I’m thrilled to be joining in with Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage in her Summer Tour of Homes and sharing some of my favorite spots at the #1905Cottage. You might have read about my little love affair with this home. I’ve spent the last couple of years fixing it up and it makes my heart so happy!

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For those of you joining me from Desert Domicile – welcome!!


summer at the 1905cottage tatertots and Jello


1905cottage summer outside

I spray painted some crates in different bright colors and added potted plants to a vintage table and chairs set.

You might remember what it looked like at the beginning:

1905 cottage porch before and after

Casual seating in front of the house is the perfect place to while away a summer afternoon….

1905cottage outside at tatertots and jello

And the yellow dutch door is so welcoming.

1905Cottage dutch door

Inside, the cottage is bright and happy. I beaded the chandelier and I think it’s perfect for Summer!

1905cottage front room tatertots and ello

With a work and relaxing space in the front room.

tatertots and jello office space #1905cottage

We rebuilt the fireplace and used classic materials like subway tile to recreate the look of the era.

smile pennant banner at tatertots and jello

And my craft supplies are on the wall behind for easy access.

1905cottage front room

tatertots and jello 1905Cottage entryway

Right next to the front room is the kitchen. We used hex tiles in a white finish to continue the classic look, with a modern spin.

1905cottage kitchen for summer tatertots and jello

I found a discount island and added a shelf for an island that can be moved around.

1905cottage kitchen summer

And when we ran into an item that couldn’t be moved like this cinder block chimney, we had cabinets built to camouflage it.

kitchen and yellow chandelier at tatertots and jello

kitchen in 1905cottage at tatertots and jello

We took out a closet and made it into a little banquette eating area – maximizing space.

kitchen banquette at the 1905Cottage

And added a tall, upholstered headboard to bring the eye upward in a very small bedroom.

1905cottage bedroom

1905cottage bedroom at tatertots and jello

And we opened a doorway into a room at the front of the house and created a little pantry/utility space.

1905Cottage pantry

1905 cottage full

And outside I created a little Privacy Screen out of old closet doors and made some subway planter boxes too!

patio privacy screen and subway tile planters

Privacy screen and subway planters

It’s such a happy little home. And some big things are happening at the cottage – I am excited to share more details soon!!

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Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to continue the tour by visiting Beth at Home Stories A2Z next!

And here are the other beautiful homes on the tour. Be sure to check them out!
Monday, June 2nd

The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Nester
At The Picket Fence (Vanessa)
Thistlewood Farms
The Inspired Room

Tuesday, June 3rd

The Handmade Home
My Fabuless Life
Finding Home
In My Own Style
The Hunted Interior

Wednesday, June 4th

Inspired By Charm
Jennifer Rizzo
Madigan Made
Makely School for Girls
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, June 5th

Jones Design Company
Beneath My Heart
The Pennington Point
White Buffalo Styling Co.
Southern Hospitality

Friday, June 6th

At the Picket Fence (Heather)
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Home Stories A to Z
Live Laugh Rowe

Happy Friday! 


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  1. I loved driving by every morning dropping my kids off at school and seeing your happy cottage. So fun to peek inside, it’s perfect!!
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  2. Jen everything is just perfect and so darn darling. Fabulous job from one super talented and fab. lady.
    Hope your summer is awesome.
    xo, jen

  3. Looks awesome Jen!!
    Amy at Living Locurto recently posted…Living Locurto Studio Tour

  4. Loved this space so much from the yellow dutch front door to the white privacy screen to the color selections. So happy to see you on the tour. I have been searching for something to try to for a privacy screen at one end of my deck and may have to consider your beautiful diy.

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  6. This is just such a beautiful little space, Jen. Every single room and detail is just so fun. I love all of the pops of yellow so much!
    Not sure if I said how nice it was to meet you at Snap! even if just for a second. Thanks for sharing your Bungalow tour! xo
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  7. love your house – and especially the yellow dutch door!!!! that might be my favorite detail!!!!!
    love your style. thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love, love, love your cottage! Beautiful!

  9. Your tour was truly eye candy–and mine now feel stuffed! Loved the clean background with perfect pops of color. I especially enjoyed the variety of lighting fixtures throughout! Truly inspiring!

  10. So many fun colors and patterns Jen!

  11. I love it Jen! Your beautiful little cottage is one of my favourite tours – I love all the crisp white and the beautiful hits of color you have added everywhere!! Such an amazing space:)
    Krista @ the happy housie recently posted…Friday’s Fab Five {Outdoor Projects}

  12. Hey girl! Just a month ago we were standing around chatting about kids and life and blogs and now I get to visit your home virtually….I love it so! Your house is such a reflection of your sunshiney heart. Lisa~

  13. Your home is so beautiful Jen! I can’t get over your front porch makeover, it’s so stunning! :)
    Caitlin @ Desert Domicile recently posted…Summer Home Tour

  14. I can never get enough of whites mixed with bright colors. Your house is so pretty and I adore all the blues and yellows.
    I can’t wait to meet you next week in Indianapolis.
    Julia@Cuckoo4Design recently posted…Living Pretty With Your Pets: Yellow Brick Home

  15. Oh my word, you have transformed this into the most amazing place. I love it all.
    Marty@A Stroll Thru Life recently posted…Elements of Summer Home Tour

  16. Jen, this cottage never disapoints…it’s always stunning and so dreamy! You are so talented and have created something so incredible! Love it!
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  17. Oh my GOSH. This was one of the most delightful scrolls ever. Your privacy screen from bifold doors? Genius. I’ve been removing all of mine not knowing what to do with them. I’m doing this! :)

    And then there’s the curved doorways… gasp. Your home is so warm and welcoming, Jen!
    Funky Junk Interiors recently posted…Funky Junk’s 2014 summer home decorating junk tour

  18. I just love your taste in light fixtures. I think they are deserving of a blog post of their own!

  19. Your cottage is so cheerful! I love all the pops of yellow and pretty flowers.
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  20. I love it all- I know we have talked about it before, but each detail just makes me smile Jen. So beautifully done.

    Have a blessed weekend.
    Gina recently posted…Banana Blueberry Smoothie Pops

  21. wOW, Jen that place has turned out amazing!! I just love it all and you have worked so hard to make it that way. I’m not sure who will be living there but whoever does, will be so very lucky!!

  22. I just love seeing shots of your little cottage! That kitchen turned out amazing! xo Kristin
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  23. I think I just exploded a little inside. That Dutch door? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!

    How I wish you rented this place. We love staying at private homes when we travel and it would be so fun to pretend its mine for a week! LOL
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh recently posted…Paint fumes wearing off and what I’m reading this week

  24. What BEAUTIFUL renovations. All the white (& greys) really open up the spaces on top of all the beautiful changes, with just the right color to make it all homey. Love it!!

  25. It’s so fun to see the entire home! I love it Jen. Every detail is adorable.
    Beth@HomeStoriesAtoZ recently posted…Home Stories A to Z: Summer Home Tour 2014


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