The era of McMansions is waning and the return to small house living is on the rise. More people are downsizing and some are even opting for truly tiny houses in order to simplify their lives. Today’s charming home tour proves you can pack a lot of style into small spaces. I think you’re going to fall in love with this small lake cottage I found over at Houzz. (Click on photo to see it on Houzz and pin from there.)
Beach Style Living Room by Philadelphia Photographers Gridley + Graves Photographers
Serene blue and green come together in this small lake cottage, paired with white white, to create a calming and peaceful cottage style living space.
Beach Style Dining Room by Philadelphia Photographers Gridley + Graves Photographers
The addition of black dining chairs help to keep the home from looking too sweet. A friend of mine once said that every room should have a bit of black in it.
Here you can see the idea of thoughtful, small space living. The living room and dining room share the same quarters, but don’t look cramped or uncomfortable. Plenty of windows help to make the rooms feel open and spacious.
The kitchen is visible from the dining and living area, creating an open floor concept.
Attention to detail like the rustic chandelier and architectural lines of the cabinetry help to create a lot of style in this small lake cottage. The home is visually appealing without being fussy.
Sunroom by Philadelphia Photographers Gridley + Graves Photographers
A cozy sunroom repeats the cool green and blue theme. In smaller spaces, it helps to keep the color flowing from one room to the next; creating a sense of larger living.
Notice the lack of wall art in the bedroom. The upholstered bed is the focal point while the pretty drapes at the window become the only wall decoration that’s needed. Lack of stuff on the wall helps the room appear more spacious.
I’m lovin’ the pretty tile on the floor in the cottage bathroom. It pairs beautifully with the paisley shower curtain.
If you don’t want to shower indoors, this small lake cottage has an outdoor shower too. I’ve always wanted an outdoor shower that’s fully enclosed yet still allows you to be out in nature and sunshine.
Small Lake House by Philadelphia Photographers Gridley + Graves Photographers
While this small lake cottage is perfect for summer vacations, it’s also perfect for every day living. Small houses don’t have to feel cramped and cluttered. It just takes a little more thought and organization to keep them livable.
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