I’m so inspired by the tiny little Christmas Cottage in the woods. This 125 ft.², 9 x 14 ft sweet white cabin was found and renovated by the talented, Sandy Foster of My Shabby Streamside Studio. Sandy has been featured in multiple books and magazines about her exciting renovation process including Nate Berkus’, ‘Things That Matter’ and Rachel Ashwell’s, ‘Shabby Chic Inspirations’.
Seeing these images helps you understand why everyone is so enamored with this adorable ‘retreat’ away from the world…
When Sandy found this stream side hunting cabin she said that she knew it’s gable and proportions were that of an old house. Always wanting to stay true to this home’s previous life and nod to history she made sure to use only pieces that lived a past of some sort… In her renovation description she states, ‘windows are the soul of an old house…’. In so many special ways she brought back character and an elegant aging beauty back into this old cottage’s broken facade and body.
Sandy added all the details to this cottage herself, including the gingerbread woodwork she carved using a scroll saw. Love!! The bead board porch, ceiling as well as the tongue and groove for her floors came from her old house and New York Salvage as well. She also incorporated window sashes given to her from an old neighbor. Recycling history so to speak. So inspiring!!
I hope you have enjoyed learning more about this tiny little ‘retreat’ or ‘cottage in the woods’ through this mini tour from Sandy’s blog, My Shabby Streamside Studio. I’m in love with the careful detail and care she put back into the beautiful bones of this grand old cottage by the stream. Sandy has my wheels spinning on finding ways to simplify my own life… hopefully yours as well.
I looked for more on Sandy and noticed her last post stated a goodbye message on her blog for all her readers…
‘The time involved doing well in graduate school and the time involved blogging with all my heart are incompatible if either are to be done excellently. Sadly, I must go on a sabbatical from blogging.
I wish I could gather each of you, my gentle readers, a big group hug. Then have hot cocoa by a bonfire in the snow with music under the stars.”
What a special way to send off her sweet blog to the many inspired followers and readers discovering her little cottage in the woods.
Have a beautiful day!