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Tegan’s Scottish Cottage Renovation in the Rural Countryside

Tegan is a 30-year-old Advanced Nurse Practitioner, but she always had a passion for fashion/textiles. That comes out so clearly in her Scottish Cottage renovation! She and her partner moved in a few years ago, and since they spent all their savings on the rural cottage itself, they’ve been slowly DIY-ing the entire renovation.

Confessions: All white interiors tend to stress me out. I miss the cozy warmth of wood and deep hues. But somehow Tegan managed to make this cottage so home-y and inviting with a light color palette. It belongs in the finest of home/cottage magazines! Enjoy the photo tour and make sure to follow her work on Instagram.

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She’s Renovated Her Scottish Cottage in the Country

How warm and inviting is the wood-burning stove?

Tegan built that door herself! She says that’s when she fell in love with power tools.

It covers the hallway to the conservatory (that’s not yet renovated).

Here’s the hallway to the bedroom.

Who doesn’t want a rustic blanket ladder?

Cute kitty on the bed!

Wood features and green plants really make the place shine!

Tegan really hates the tile in their bathroom, but she’s made it lovely!

The plants make all the difference!

Just wait until you see the before picture of the kitchen…

Wow what a transformation!

That Farmhouse sink is just what a cottage needs!

And this makes me miss Scotland! Truly one of the most gorgeous places on Earth.


  • Cottage in rural Scotland
  • Completely DIY-renovated
  • One bedroom
  • One bathroom
  • Farmhouse-style kitchen
  • DIY barn door to conservatory

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Sheila
    September 12, 2020, 2:07 pm

    Beautiful! The door is amazing. Talented lady. I love your home.

  • Donna Rae
    September 12, 2020, 3:24 pm

    So beautiful! Well done! I would never thought of using wool for curtains but I am in love with the plaid curtains in the hallway. Love how light and bright it is. A good idea when you live somewhere that rains quite a bit. Inspiring!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 14, 2020, 8:14 am

      Yes and I imagine they’d be great for keeping cool air out as well.

  • Susan Harter
    September 12, 2020, 5:05 pm

    Your place is gorgeous! It’s looks very professional and could be in a magazine! Beautiful job! Susan

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 14, 2020, 8:10 am

      Completely agree!

  • Hudson
    September 13, 2020, 2:12 am

    To heck with the door (not really). Look at that gorgeous dog!

  • Theresa Perdue
    September 13, 2020, 3:19 pm

    I was really hoping for a video on this one. What a beautiful home. I can’t get over the before and after pictures of the kitchen. She really did a knockout job.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      September 14, 2020, 7:56 am

      I wish she had a video tour, too! It looks amazing.

  • Vicki L. Dick
    November 1, 2020, 2:56 pm

    As I am getting older and planning for the future, I have been watching Tiny House designs for several years. There are lots of great ideas out there but Tegan’s hard work and beautiful design has captured my heart. Her home is so warm and inviting that just sitting at my computer and glancing through the photos excites my imagination. During these stressful and somewhat lonely days we all experience due to CV-19, I find that her design brings me joy. I can almost feel the love which abides there. If she ever gets burnout from her career she may want to consider design. Her home is perfect.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 2, 2020, 7:53 am

      I completely agree, Vicki! There is something truly magical about her home. It brings such peace!

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