Design Details from a Tumbledown Lovely Cottage in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee

We vacationed in Leiper’s Fork (near Franklin, TN) a few years back and stayed in this sweet rental known as Storybook Cottage. Today’s Design Details from a Tumbledown Lovely Cottage in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee provides simple ideas and peeks of the 800 square foot wee home. Interiors were designed by Dave and Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse, and if you love Kim’s style, see more of her work in City Farmhouse Style and in a story here. This property is now on the market so it was a treat to live as a local and enjoy Storybook Cottage!

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Design Details: Cottage in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee

Where is Leiper’s Fork?

Yellow checkered floor in rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.
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365 Gathered Truths Box – I loved this charming box of wise and whimsical quotes on a side table in the living room!

This sleepy unincorporated village (eight miles west of Franklin and 30 miles south of Nashville) is where we booked the sweetest little home away from home for relaxing…Storybook Cottage.

Back porch at rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

What We Did in Leiper’s Fork

We relaxed in the cottage and took long scenic drives as well as explored the Natchez Trace Trail.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

We also stalked houses for sale, ate delicious bbq at Puckett’s (karaoke night was a vibe!). And of course, we enjoyed shopping in nearby Franklin, too–it’s fabulous downtown.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

While we didn’t make any trips to Nashville, it is an easy drive.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

What Does the Property Offer?

Location: In the rural village of Leiper’s Fork – on 8 acres with soaring trees and a place for horses.

Secluded, woodsy, equestrian acreage at Storybook Cottage near Franklin, TN - Hello Lovely Studio.
Woodsy, secluded, and rustic getaway is perfect for couples artists, and writers wishing to retreat…certainly lovely indeed.

Inside: Whimsically Painted Poplar Wood Floors, Fully stocked and equipped kitchen, Washer and Dryer, Cathedral Ceiling, One Bedroom as well as a Sleeping Loft.

Living room in rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

Outside: Outdoor Shower, Screen porch and deck, Hammock, Firepit, Stacked Stone Wall, a Place for Horses as well as QUIET.

Secluded, woodsy, equestrian acreage at Storybook Cottage near Franklin, TN - Hello Lovely Studio.
House Tour with photos of Storybook Cottage by Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a charming vacation
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Cottage Living Room Design Details

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.
  1. You can’t miss those YELLOW CHECKERED FLOORS! If you have old hardwood floors that are badly stained, it can be wise to paint them for a whimsical look!
Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

2. Vintage finds mixed with modern comfy furniture…a combo that is hard to beat!

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

Since the sofa and chairs are neutral, just about any accent colors are going to work.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

3. An old ladder stained turquoise simply leaning against the wall is perfect for holding cozy blankets.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

4. Feminine crystal chandeliers were repeated in each room and keep the look from being too rustic and one note.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.
Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

5. Oversized outdoor lanterns used inside aren’t hardwired but hold flameless candles.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

6. If ceiling light is low and a room is tiny, go low with the beds in a kids’ guest room.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

7. Beadboard on lower walls protects them and adds so much architectural interest and age when you don’t want the space to feel new.

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Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

8. White painted vintage pieces like this dry sink don’t take up as much visual space when you’re keeping it calm and the room isn’t huge.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

9. An entry door with glass ushers in the light!

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Home Sweet Home Doormat…certainly the perfect welcome indeed.
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Rustic Kitchen Design Ideas Inspired by Storybook Cottage

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

1. The kitchen cabinets have charming cut-outs that add instant age.

Rustic country cottage kitchen in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

2. A vintage hutch can be separated from a buffet when space is tight or just because you like the look.

Rustic country cottage kitchen in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

3. Open shelving can provide more storage than you may imagine.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

4. Oversized vintage and primitive barn finds can live new life as art on the wall.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

5. Even small kitchen work triangles work!

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Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

6. No room for an island? Treat a small farm table like one…FB Marketplace may be where you can find your dream table!

Shelf detail in kitchen of rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

7. Paint shelves the same color as cabinets to keep the look cohesive and calm.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

8. Use architectural salvage as a window valance!

Rustic country cottage kitchen in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

9. No need to limit yourself to white cabinets even in the smallest kitchen! Paint ’em your favorite color.

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Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

10. For an effortless, low budget window treatment, cut canvas dropcloths to fit and hang with clip rings.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

11. In a laidback cottage, the plainest Shaker style trim can border windows and doors.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

12. Nothing says old fashioned country kitchen like a cup pull, and they are easy to find everywhere.

Rustic farm table in kitchen of country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

13. If you find an inexpensive pine table that has a terrible stain or color, strip that baby down! Scrubbed pine can be beautiful.

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Tumbledown Lovely Bedroom Details

Rustic bedroom in country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

1. Have a sense of humor as you add whimsy, and it won’t look like an antique mall or farm museum.

Vintage desk in rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

2. If your hats are hung on wall as art, you may actually wear them!

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

3. Mirror added to vintage doors expands the room and bounces light around.

Rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

4. For a rustic, casual, country cottage look, skip the closet doors for an airier feel that is also easier to live with.

Rustic bedroom in country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

5. Sumptuous white bedding and luxurious linens are right at home with rustic textures.

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Detail of distressed vintage demilune table in rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

6. Chippy pieces that show layers of paint can be sealed and enjoyed.

Rustic bedroom in country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

7. If there is not enough room for a window seat, consider a wee desk or vanity nook!

Charming bedroom with vintage dresser in rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

8. A second checkered floor is hard to beat!

Bath at rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

9. An unexpected window…I loved how this screen porch below had a window adjacent to the bedroom.

Screen porch dining area at rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

It’s there below on the right:

Bedroom with vintage furniture and decor in rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.

I don’t know what it is about interior windows, but I have loved them for years – maybe because they are more common in old houses. We added several interior windows in the French country house we built, and it was such

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Deck Details

You gotta love the rope railing!

Deck with Adirondack chairs at rustic country cottage in Leiper's Fork, TN known as storybook cottage - Hello Lovely Studio.
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There Is No Place Like Home Doormat…certainly whimsical indeed.
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Thanks for entertaining all these ideas from a darling cottage!

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I didn’t get a lot of shots of the exterior:

Exterior of cottage. Secluded, woodsy, equestrian acreage at Storybook Cottage near Franklin, TN - Hello Lovely Studio.
Stacked stone wall and front exterior with a happy red door…certainly charming indeed.

But it is truly a relaxing, private retreat.

Secluded, woodsy, equestrian acreage at Storybook Cottage near Franklin, TN - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio – a beautiful wooded property in Leiper’s Fork, TN…certainly a scenic getaway.
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2 Comments

  1. Deb
    September 2, 2022 / 10:40 am

    Guessing you know that the Gianettis of Patina Farm and Velvet and Linen are moving to Leiper’s Fork? Can’t wait to see what they create there after the gorgeousness of Patina Farm. Thank you for sharing this lovely place.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 3, 2022 / 4:41 pm

      Yes indeed. I can’t wait to get back there and visit their shop when it opens. Much closer for me than Ojai! 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting!

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