In my parents' subdivision of 70s-style ranch houses, there was one little custom-designed cottage that I absolutely loved. My parents had gotten to know the owners and they had a daughter my same age. In fact they had two daughters, Anna & Lucie (now aren't those such sweet, cottagey names?!!!).
Anna and Lucie's home was magical and I loved playing there. It was every bit as gingerbread on the inside as it was on the outside. If memory serves me correct, their mother was an artist...or at least very artistic! Anna and Lucie's bedrooms were on the 2nd story of this little cottage home. What was so fascinating to me was that the 2nd story was open; it was one giant loft!
In addition to a totally gorgeous interior, the backyard was like a secret garden. Because their property backed up to the neighborhood park, a creek bordered their backyard as well as these really tall, old trees. Their yard was enclosed by white picket fence (of course!) and included a little cottage playhouse. Warm summer days found us neighborhood girls often enjoying the cool dampness of Anna and Lucie's backyard, shaded by the giant birch and oak trees, surrounded by beautiful blooms clumped together here and there.
Today, the house is home to a different family, but the love and care of the house and yard is still evident. Unfortunately, as you can see from the pictures, ivy has overtaken the front facade. My parents said that the current owners had removed the ivy once already, but it has returned with a vengance!
Today, I live in my own magical place. While definitely more "farmhouse" style than cottage, I love my home's uniqueness among those in subdivion-land. It always warms my heart when people ask how old our home is and are shocked to learn that it is merely years and not decades old. My hope is that someday my own children and their friends will have magical memories about growing up and playing in the "farmhouse" with the "wrap-around-porch"!
Anna & Lucie's Cottage
My Childhood Home
My Children's Childhood Home