One of our readers, Karen Rogers, submitted photos of her 400 sq. ft. garden cottage. Karen and her husband are collectors and grandparents who love displaying antiques and their grandson’s artwork around their home.
Let’s take a look inside this cozy little garden cottage. As you walk up the steps you enter a covered porch, which is perfect for afternoon tea time. Once inside, you are in the living room that has all kinds of collectibles around.
As you make your way through the living room you enter the spacious kitchen which features full size appliances. I bet there’s some great home cooking that goes on in here! The bathroom looks to be just beyond the kitchen.
Going back out of the kitchen you’ll see there is a small tucked away staircase off to the right side that looks to go up to a sleeping loft. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!
400 Sq. Ft. Collector’s Garden Cottage
Images © Karen Rogers
Images © Karen Rogers
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Completely OFF TOPIC:
WHAT is going on with the “Closed Comments” on 2 of the 3 latest blog postings?????
Will this be the New Norm, HERE???
I was wondering that, too.
Same here. Love that double-decker V house, very 70s, but can’t comment? Are we getting too abrasive again, or is it at the request of the poster, per YouTube, where comments are closed?
Hey Sally, nope, it was just a goof up on my end.. All fixed now though so come back and comment please: https://tinyhousetalk.com/480-sq-ft-double-decker-v-house/
Thank you I tried yest to comment on the Tiny Pull Behind Travel Trailer while using my smart phone–which I don’t think I have ever done before—and I saw that. Meant to comment today but came here first–yeah; that IS disheartening—esp after what seemed to be only a few hours if that of open comments. ALEX—Whats the story!!!!
Whew! Thanks for letting me know Comet. Completely did not mean to do that! Just fixed it.
I didn’t even notice that! It was a mistake I didn’t even know I made. Fixing it now….
Hey Cahow, glad you brought this to my attention, fixed it!
Me too.. I even found & copied a great link to pit in my comments on one and comments were closed. We love to blab blab you all should know this by now 😀
Now, about this charming cottage. Can I have one please?
Looks like more pictures of knick-knacks than it does the house. I didn’t think looking at Tiny Homes included looking at someone’s household goods rather than the home itself.
I was going to get on my high horse again about individuals censoring what’s appropriate on this newsletter, but it IS hard to see the house, which looks cute as heck, somewhere under all the stuff. I’m all for personalization (to each their own taste), but would rather see more of the house and fewer things to bump onto. (Is that a loft behind the quilts?) I believe this is a park model??
Yes pretty sure it’s a Park Model 🙂
I really like the actual set of stairs in this house. With arthritis it is hard to use a ladder but stairs are less of a pain. Very cute.
Please remember that this is someone’s home they have shared with us. Don’t expect them to remove their personal belongings so you can get a better look.
I agree totally, we must remember that they are showing us their tiny home/cottage out of the goodness of their hearts, they are not listing it for sale. I have always had an issue about real estate wanting you to remove all your personal belongings & staging it (with(what I call fake furniture) When we bought/sold our home 40 yrs ago, all that was required that it was clean & tidy with no clutter. That does not mean personal memorabilia in my mind unless it is really weird items.
Sorry, folks, but Alex and I were talking about the fact that so many people think they have to give up everything to go small, and I sent him photos to show him I didn’t.
By the way, there is a shower bath and then a half bath off the downstairs bedroom. The floor plan has been featured previously.
My husband has MS but doesn’t “bump into” anything . . .there is plenty of space.
No offense intended, Karen R. I had a few strokes last year, which only added to my blunt form of communication. I appreciate people opening their homes to us, and enduring the comments. It would take two weeks of cleaning and decluttering before my house would ever be ready for a photo-shoot. I also enjoy collectibles, from Occupied Japan to tin-types. At my age, however, I have a phobia about falling, and work to keep enough clearance around things. (The local EMTs tell me they still have nightmares about getting me out of here without breaking something.)
Perhaps it’s the close-up camera angle that creates an impression of no spare room. I would like to see how your collections relate to the house.
I hardly remember last week, much less floor plans posted a while back, so perhaps you could add them to this post for the inquiring minds? It looks like a darling house.
I love your house it’s adorable, don’t listen to the negatives, always seems like the same people. I don’t want to pare down either, glad you could keep all your chachkies 😉
These antiques are our “savings account” and have come in handy when paying for college and wedding expenses for our daughters. I have prepared meals for a dozen people, by the way, and they all found a place to sit.
I personally find minimalist and modern sterile, but I appreciate that others find it calming. I prefer lively and warm, antique baskets and French pottery, quilts and graniteware make me smile.
There seems to be no REPLY link to Karen directly so I will post here–The cottage is adorable! If I had to “pare down”–and we are doing this now!!!—it would take MONTHS of decision making and packing and donating and selling. And in the end I would not be anywheres NEAR minimal or sterile–and I could not live like that anyways. We are starting to get shed of stuff because we will be moving in the not too distant future and since becoming handicapped I cannot even sort thru this stuff on my own so need a long term plan. I too have antiques (some of which are “spoken for” and some will leave but most are family things and if we don’t move to a house right away will go to storage as we travel.
Don’t listen to people who get all crazed if you have more than a pen in your entire house! There are plenty of sites just FOR that—this should not be only for them or only for hoarders either!
Fixed the Reply link issue, you should see it now (for next time) 😀
Comet, I was in the same spot a few years ago when widowed. Rather than sell at a loss when antique prices tanked, I put things in storage when I moved to a smaller home. I wish now I had sold stuff for whatever I could get, as most of the older furniture ruined in the humidity. Instead of an investment, I had “shabby chic” that no one wanted.
Please consider that if you can’t manage the move now for health reasons, you definitely won’t want to fool with packed storage units in a few more years.
The things that have little value (compared to 1990 prices) and take up way too much room, like my antique quilt collection, made it through storage just fine. I just dumped the entire batch on a granddaughter-in-law, ha ha, and really don’t miss it. Prices will not recover in my lifetime, and she’ll take good care of the family pieces.
I’m trying not to bust the walls out of my smaller place, and have pared down to a few special mementos to make room for my sewing and weaving hobbies. I decided I’m more comfortable without “stuff” having more room than I do 🙂
Perhaps this is a good time to set yourself free, instead of putting it off? It has to be hard on your health. I bet you won’t miss most of it when you come back from your travels. Best wishes to you.
Karen thanks for sharing your home with us, we appreciate it very much!
I love the way the quilts are displayed in the house. Cute as heck! My mom quilts, which means I have aquired a lot of quilts over the years. I’ve been wondering what I’ll do with all these quilts when we go tiny?? Thank you for some great ideas!
Contact me and I will show you my antique single board blanket chest that is filled with quilts with others stacked on top and some of my silhouettes, plus the custom floor plan. Email is [email protected].
I don’t live in a show home, I live in a cosy museum.
I LOVE that line…”I don’t live in a show home, I live in a cozy museum”… perfect!
I am a recovering self-confessed hoarder… 😉 who just moved from 1400 sq ft and 17 years of collecting…. :/ into 800 sq ft…. and LOVING it!… I was able to keep an heirloom piano and handmade dollhouse… monetary value…. very little… personal treasure – priceless… Surprised at how easy it was to “Let it Go”… with out a blizzard…
I can say undeniably – If I can do it – ANYONE can do it!
Love the house. Tnx for sharing.
Hi Cahow, I was also wondering what was going on with no comments for first two. Especially enjoy your comments
Hi Nancy, that was my mistake. Didn’t mean to turn off the comments (was an accident- didn’t double check settings after an update). But I’ve fixed it now 🙂
Thank you for sharing. I collect so many trinkets and my husband says you cannot do so in a tiny house. You have displayed that you not only can do so, you can do so in a tasteful way. Your house represents love in all possible ways, thank you.
I love this house! Is this based on a Park Model Design? They are 399sf. These are same as stick built with blown in foam insulation with lofts or without, etc. There is one called the Trinca that I adore and looks very similar. We have been wanting to go smaller and have been looking into Park Models and I was thrilled to here that you don’t bump around as my husband has leukemia and when he bumps into things he get large ugly bruises and it can be painful so we were afraid we were going to have to stay big but now thanks to you showing us your home I feel we might be able to do this! Just love the design, warmth and decor. Great Job!
Wow that’s great Cynthia. I’m glad that this is opening up your options. I highly recommend checking out a local RV show if you can they usually have plenty of park models on display. Or even if you find a nearby Park Model dealer that will work too. And yes I’m pretty sure this is a Park Model 🙂
And we also even have a whole category dedicated to Park Models right here if you want to explore more of them: https://tinyhousetalk.com/category/park-models-2/
Email me for custom floor plan [email protected]
More of these models displayed would be fantastic, thank you.
Will do! For now you can see more that we’ve featured in the past right here: https://tinyhousetalk.com/category/park-models-2/
Thanks so much Alex! We are moving back to TX as soon as my husband is put on yearly lab work which we hope is this Fall. We have visited several companies that build Park Models in East TX and have spent a week living in one to see if we even could adjust. At the time my husband was still having a lot of issues and we dismissed Park Models for the time being. Now things are a lot better and we are making plans to upsize or downsize. Thanks for the Park Model link as there are so many neat options! Appreciate your dedication to tiny homes as it truly benefits us all!
Thanks Cynthia I appreciate that and I’m glad the ideas are helpful 🙂
Love the vertical corner display unit. No corner shall go wasted! Great for books, too.
My floor plan is on two of the posts to which Alex referred. I changed it to add a half bath and bay window in the bedroom and made some other changes.
Thank you for sharing your home Karen. The first thing my eyes saw was the pretty quilt over the back of the couch. Very nicely done. For anyone who wants to keep those types of things and has a few many, might want to get some space bags. They do make things shrink to space a bit for you. 🙂 Also for those who bruise easily or don’t want to get “stuck” if they fall, might consider rounding the edges of things rather than the square pointed type of building and furniture, try rounding the edges, just a bit a sanding? a little varnish? hehehe just a thought. God bless and happy trails. (plenty of mistakes so others can pick on me and not the ones who share their home 😉
this house is all kinds of cute!
Very cute! I so enjoy how different and delightful living in small
spaces can be. Inspiring!!!
This is adorable from what I can see. I’d love to see more pictures. The loft, bathroom, better shots of kitchen, shot from kitchen into living room. Does she have a link to a more thorough ‘tour’ of her home?
Very cute! Again, makes a difference having that extra square footage!
Alex, one of the things I appreciate most about this site is the presentation of all styles, from spartan futuristic to Grandma’s attic, Bohemian gypsy artist to surfer dude, car camper to truck home, elegant sophistication to bear cave, fairy tale gnome home to tent in the forest to wherever someone’s imagination takes them. Something for everyone and so clever, creative and fun. I look forward to each day’s collection for a little hit of joy, a small peek into someone’s dream. Thank you so much!
Hi Nanny, thanks so much for pointing that out, really makes me happy to read how much you’ve been enjoying what we feature here. Wishing you an amazing day! -Alex
I would like to see more of the house as well!
Those wanting more detail, this park model that has been presented here before, before and during their argu,ent withlocal government for zoning requirements. Go to the Park Model page and there is at least one earlier post whichincludes the floor plan.
additional link … to previous / related post =).
This is really cute. I like what I see. Thanks.