There’s something exquisite about a home exterior this understated, humble, and honest. I simply must tiptoe inside for a tour. Join me?
I’m pretty much hopeless, guys. If it’s not a breezy, unfussy, light-filled modern farmhouse taking my breath away and compelling me to move and build another house, it’s a simple serenely minimal cottage like this one, renovated by Workstead. The home is 2 hours from NYC in the Hudson Valley. Maybe you saw glimpses of it a couple of years back in the New York Times or on Remodelista or marketed on the internet.
This early-American cottage was built in the 1850’s in Gallatin, NY, set between County Route 7, Sycamore Creek, and the Roeliff Jansen Kill. I love this part of the country and can’t wait to return for another visit.
The photo above depicts the tranquil, Kinfolk-esque, modern living room on the first floor suggestive of slow living, where there is also a small kitchen, bathroom, and dining room. On the second floor are two pared down and cozy bedrooms, a den, and a full bath. The blissful, just over 1,000 square foot cottage was originally built as workmen’s lodging for an adjacent homestead and then thoughtfully restored by Brooklyn-based design studio Workstead in 2012. Original wide-plank pine floors and period windows grace the inside, while a simple deck off the dining room provides an outdoor oasis for enjoying the woods and river. If you have visited the Hudson Valley, then you already know about the beauty and peacefulness the area affords as a retreat from the busyness of city life. The eyebrow colonial has private river frontage and a Class A trout stream on the property.
There are wonderful details to note inside and out in this 19th Century farmhand’s cottage, such as modern custom light fixtures, Wishbone chairs, slingback chairs, simple furnishings, a metal roof, and more. Let’s take a peek and dream of river cottage retreat slow living goodness:
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8 Decor Ideas from a Simple Serene White Cottage
1. Plain and Simple.
Isn’t the humble, straight-forward, plain and simple architecture of this white country cottage perfectly lovely? No complicated roof design or show-offy windows to speak of.
2. Decked Out.
We don’t often see a deck added to the side of a home, and it made sense in this case in order to optimally appreciate the views of the property and river.
3. Slow and Low Living.
In a historic home where ceilings are low, it makes sense to keep furnishings and decor lower. This daybed is just the right height for this charming little cottage window in the white paneled space with knotty pine original floors.
4. Modern and Country.
Modern style furniture and art juxtapose beautifully in a minimal space with gallery white walls and unadorned vintage six over six windows.
5. Petite Suite.
But what if the room is only as deep as the bed is long? Go with it, mama.
6. Play with Scale.
Magnificent architects and interior designers do it everyday, and why should they have all the fun? The height of the poster bed with the low modern side table adds a playful, effortless interest and airyness in a tiny bedroom.
7. Mismatched Folding Chairs.
It may not be an obvious detail, but I love that a collection of vintage folding chairs were incorporated in this dining room as opposed to a complete matching set. This suggests a very conservative sensibility was at work (which makes so much sense in a simple sensible home such as this!) and the chairs were collected over time.
8. God is in the Details.
The white door knob. The. White. Door. Knob. I just can’t! It’s so lovely.
Isn’t it super sweet?
Peace to you right where you are.