Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Country Cottage Tour #1

If I learned one thing from the farmhouse being sold, then unsold, is to be a bit more prepared.
My home has been on the market for a few months, and during this time I viewed only one house.
Not exactly the wisest thing to do when your house is up for sale.
So when the offer came in, it was a fast closing.  And I wasn't ready for it.
Having said that, I knew that I could have gotten everything done within that time frame, but it just added more stress.
This is about to change.  I will be viewing more homes for sale.
And of course, bringing you guys along!

With the phase two flip house purchase I imagine it will be a small home.
Within my budget for this home, I would like to get a clean home, at least three bedrooms, preferably in a small town or hamlet.
A cottage style home.  A country cottage.
So as we more forward with this plan, I will be labeling all blog posts under "Country Cottage Real Estate Tours".
And as always, hope you follow along!

Last week when the farmhouse was under offer, I toured 6 houses.
Four near my current location and two in Sarnia, where I use to live.
The two homes in Sarnia were something I was not interested in, and did not take pics.

Out of the other four, only one was a contender.
A sweet country cottage.  Today I am sharing some pics of it, along with a few vision collages - Diane style.
Listing price is $87,500.

The sweetest home.  Beautiful outside and inside.
Let's check it out.

I daresay, I could live here forever. :)

A small corner lot.  In a hamlet with all of 10 houses maybe.

How could I not fall in love with this little place. :)

Heading inside, I found the interior a little dark.  You will see from the pics.
  Throughout the post I did a few collages on ideas that I would make to add my own personal style to this sweet country home.
For starters, I would consider painting the entire interior a soft white.

The living room

Here is how I would pull this room together.

Sofa IKEA; Horse Art Bouclair; Floor Lamp Target; Curtains Country Curtains; Ceiling Light Wayfair

You will see from the collages that I am blending some of my farmhouse style, horse decor and prairie style into this new country cottage.

The kitchen

You're thinking what I'm thinking right....paint those cabinets either a white or a creamy colour of sorts.

I would move the refrigerator over to where the dishwasher is, and put a small table set there.

The bathroom

This sweet red ticking stripe shower curtain from Pottery Barn, fits perfect.

The bedrooms
There are two bedrooms in the house.  A master bedroom and the other the guest room.
The second bedroom looks like it was converted with a third bedroom into one big room.
Good to know if I wish to convert it back to a three bedroom house.  Alas, the third would be very small.  Just a thought anyway.

Adding my own style, I put together a collage on how I would style the master bedroom.

Shag rug Overstock; Throw pillow JYSK; Lighting Kohls; Headboard Walmart; Bedding Laura Ashley;

The basement/recreation room

I that I can relax a little, that if the farmhouse sold I would have bought this sweet home.
Even now, I consider putting an offer on it, conditional on my home selling.  Something to think about anyway.

Thoughts on this country cottage tour #1?
FYI - I have recently started a new Pinterest board to collect ideas for my next home.
Following along if you wish.  Click here.

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  1. It's a cute little house Diane and needs some lightening up. I like your 'boards' you made for decor ideas.

  2. That really is such a sweet little house!

  3. I really enjoy touring potential real estate homes with you. This cottage is definitely a sweetie and I also would be considering it. Appears to just need cosmetic updating and it would be adorable.

  4. I love it and I'm sure you would have it looking like a wonderful cottage home in no time.

  5. With your style, Diane, you could work wonders with this cottage. Love the touch of pink on LR board and the red and white shower curtain. Could be a doll house..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  6. Oh you could do wonders with that little home! Has alot of potential.

  7. Wow. Prices are sure lower back East than they are in BC. It is a cute place and I am sure you could brighten it up no problem.