Part 1 – Exterior, Living Room & Kitchen
Basically, this past week has been quite a whirlwind of activities that has rendered my blogging time in the evenings after work to virtually nil. Seems like every time I try to prepare, something has come up. So, since I can’t seem to accomplish much around this house, I thought about taking you on a tour of my mom and stepdad’s new Craftsman Cottage downsized retirement home.
When my mom and stepdad decided that they were going to downsize after retirement, they weren’t kidding. The home they were living in was around 1624 sq. ft. and now they live in a home that is around 1236 sq. ft. It’s 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with an eat-in kitchen. Pretty much each decision on their home was made with retirement/aging in mind. The less the need for upkeep, the better the choice. So, today, I am taking you on a tour of their little Craftsman Cottage. I am very grateful for my mom asking me to help with the decision-making on the fixtures/finishes in her home. Thanks mom!
Currently, the grass is of course dormant due to the time of year, but in the spring and summer, this grass is like carpet. One thing to take note of here is the landscaping around their house.
They used a creek pebble “mulch” for all of the plantings and beds around the perimeter of the house. I love the idea actually, and wouldn’t mind it for my house. And, I totally get why they did it. No upkeep. They had a super thick barrier placed between the ground and the rock so no weeds would grow. Of course, they know eventually they may have stragglers here and there, but nothing like if it were your typical mulch. They also have up-lights for the front planting beds and it makes the house look quite dramatic at night.
I love the large porch on the front of their house. It’s one of those spots that would be nice to just sit and enjoy the day. My mom had me design the Craftsman styled columns for the porch and the hubs and I built them (on a cold, rainy, windy, horrible day). It was awful, but we finally got them finished. I think they turned out beautifully in spite of the bad conditions when we built them.
Since its such a new build, she hasn’t decided yet what types of furnishings to put on the front porch. But, when I show you the back porch, you’ll probably understand why they aren’t in a hurry about the front porch quite so much.
I do love the darker colors on the exterior of homes. It makes such a dramatic statement for a home’s exterior and the front door is such a statement to the Craftsman style.
Just inside the front door is the entry area/living room.
This is a photo of my great-grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary along with the invitation in the frame to the left. Such a wonderful treasure!
We chose Repose Gray for the entire interior of their house. This gray has got to be one of the most versatile and neutral colors ever. Most any color pairs well with Repose Gray and the house being painted all one color is less of a hassle for them later.
As you can see, my mom has an affinity for antiques. It has been quite difficult making “room” for the pieces she wanted to keep, but she managed to squeeze them in.
This is her Duncan Phyfe sofa that she painstakingly refinished.
Once she refinished the wood areas of the sofa, she had an upholsterer redo the fabric in an circa 1940’s fabric she found.
This is another one of her “fortunate finds”, a Morris chair, which she refinished and had upholstered in the same material as the Phyfe sofa.
For those of you that may not know, a Morris chair is the precursor of the recliner we know today. There is a bar on the back and you manually recline the chair using this bar.
You position the bar either up or down depending upon how far you want to recline/sit up. Believe it or not, its quite a comfy chair. I would wind up spending forever just on her antique pieces, so for now we’ll move on into the kitchen. The flooring throughout their home is hand scraped floating click lock laminate in cocoa walnut (with the exception of the bathrooms).
The upper & lower cabinets we chose to be painted in an Ultra Pure White, but for the island we chose SW Peppercorn for a nice contrast. Above the island, the light fixtures are a simple cage industrial light with Edison bulb’s.
The countertops are a granite called “Fantasy Brown”, which brings out the grays in the island, backsplash and walls. The brown in the granite pulls out the wood tone from the flooring.
We were going to try to purchase a farmhouse apron sink, but no matter how my mom tried to tweak the budget, it just wasn’t going to be a part of the grand scheme. So, we opted for an under-mount, single-bowl, stainless steel sink which is definitely a nice alternative. My mom is VERY pleased with it.
I love this corner window at her sink.
She has hummingbird feeders hanging just outside where she can watch the birds drink the nectar while she is at the sink. Not to mention, it has a beautiful view.
I love that she keeps her binoculars handy for watching birds at her birdfeeder that’s just down the hill…cute!
The backsplash is a glass subway tile and the color is Pure Shadow. The grout is Delorean Gray and I used a 1/8” spacer for the tile spacing.
However, the installation though…oh geez, where do I start with that? Lemme ‘splain, umkay? No, lemme sum up. Extremely cold morning. Cold day. Chug along, everything going well. Splash guard broke. Numbing cold. Showered with microscopic glass, shard-laced water. Sun set. Extremely cold. Completely soaked. Wet, stiff, FROZEN hair. Trembling hands. Feared missing fingers.
No heat. Finished 10:30pm. HOT shower. Glass in hands from glass in hair. Picked glass from hand. Exhausted. Went to sleep. Slept for 11 hours. Love my mom. The end.
Okay, enough of the sob story tangent, back to the tour…just to the left of the island is their small eating area.
It’s a small area, so we knew it needed to have more simplistic lighting so as not to overwhelm the space. We chose a simple understated iron chandelier for over the table.
Just off the eating area, is their pantry and laundry room (The two doors to the left).
And, finally for the end of this part of the tour…the back porch. The coup de grace.
I mean, how gorgeous is this view? I will have to come back this fall and snap a few pictures to share them with you, because I certainly could never describe how beautiful it is during the fall.
Having a cup of coffee in the morning sitting on this porch when the sun comes up is breathtaking. Sometimes, you may see a few deer making their way across the yard. Most of the time, you see pastures of cows in the distance. But, whether you see anything or not, this view is astounding.
I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of the Craftsman Cottage tour and I hope you will come back and join me for Part 2 – Bedrooms & Bathrooms. I hope you have a truly blessed week!
Thank you for stopping by! See you soon. xoxo.