Last week we had our recently purchased property cleared to make room for the barn/studio , which will be the first phase of our adventure . After the barn is completed we will start moving stuff out of the current barn & house to prepare for staging the house & putting it up for sale. If it sells quickly we will be living in the guest room that will be built within the barn .( Yes. we will be living in a barn while our cottage is being built 🙂 ). Our cottage will have just one bedroom & bath, contained within 900 sq ft , not including the loft space. We had looked into building a tiny house but knew better….(Gregg’s books would fill that space alone & he would say the same thing about my art supplies 🙂 ) We decided by downsizing & decluttering unnecessary stuff that one accumulates over the years will allow us enough room to live small & simply.
When we came to the Ozarks from Calif we had intentions of growing a large organic garden , an orchard of fruit trees & even had the vision of using native flat rock for a whole backyard patio . That was when we thought Gregg’s back surgery was going to fix him & bring him back to a 27 yr old pre back injury day… Life has a way of adjusting our expectations…..soooo, change of plans … Downsize, simplify , be closer to town, the grandkids, my Mom & no 3 acre lawn to cut! We don’t have exact house plans nailed down yet but want to take advantage of the south facing placement of the home with an attached green house &screened in porch . Our yard will not have a lawn but paths that meander around , creating spaces for flower beds , herbs , berries & veggies.
Wish list for our Cottage.
We want to utilize as much as we can from our stockpile found in the ” Barn of Wonders”. My 8 yr old grand daughter has dubbed our current barn this appropriate title as it is filled with a plethora of stuff.( hoarding tendencies eventually pay off!). From old doors to be “Re-Imagined” into sliding doors , furniture pieces that can be retrofitted into a bathroom vanity, architectural pieces used for who knows what, barn wood for shelving, dressers without drawers created into storage… Lots of ideas! We’ll see how it plays out! My imagination sometimes is bigger than my reality!
Since I am a decorative painter, I will do the interior painting utilizing my faux finish skills, but guess what? I am not going to use a huge color pallete but will keep the walls quite neutral, even white/grey/cream tones! What, no color??? My tag line was once “No White Walls” & my current kitchen is bright turquoise ! My desire for a quieter palette comes from the fact that this space will be small , thus using a lighter neutral palette will open up the area will allow for pops of color in art & accessories,which also will be minimal. Now THAT will be a challenge for me just as Gregg ‘s challenge in paring down on his immense collection of books will be an exercise in minimalism. When I say a lighter color palette , I’m not talking boring flat white walls. I would love to paint my walls with Real Milk Paint as it is environmentally friendly & can give the effect of lime washed walls. We have to have at least one wall with shiplap that is also painted with a Real Milk Paint chippy finish. I will also paint my cabinetry & right now am loving Moxie Paints Soft Sage & Beach Glass together as a soothing neutral. So many ideas, but for now, it’s time to prepare our current home to sell! Anyone interested in a home in the country, sitting between a river & creek, on 15 flat acres ? Please join us in this journey as we “Re~Imagine” our lives!
Let the adventure begin!