I was never one of those little girls who dreamt about what their wedding would be like or about having babies (some things never change), yet I did often and longingly fantasise about one day having my own home. I dreamt about only buying beautiful things for it, of painting it interesting colours, I even drew sketches of it. In fact, the first career dream I had was to be an architect.Despite (or maybe because of) our vagabonding ways I’m beginning to feel the nesting urge again. Last time I told you (in exhaustive detail?) about my newfound obsession with cottage gardens. Now let me introduce you to what I have in mind for our little cottage.
My Small [Big] List of Dreams for the Interior:
- Open shelving in the kitchen with jars of herbs and beautiful handmade ceramics
- English country oven (my lucky mum recently scored one of these in Cranberry with chrome fittings!)
- Old cast iron pots and pans on hooks on the wall
- Farm sink
- Hardwood floors
- Colourfully painted sliding wooden door separating the kitchen from the lounge room
- Long, deliciously rustic wooden table in the kitchen
- Freestanding bath tub overlooking our garden
My Small [Big] List of Dreams for the Cottage Itself:
- Double story A-frame
- Colourfully painted wooden shutters on the front windows
- Colourfully painted wooden front door
- If there were no limitations financially or logistically, stone would be a dream come true. Not sure how feasible this is in Australia. If not stone, I’m not at all sure what we’ll use, although I’m interested in looking into cob and straw-bale.
- An open plan loft bedroom/bathroom upstairs
- Full window-walls at both ends of the upper story
- A full window-wall in the kitchen (rear of the house), looking out onto our verdant cottage garden
- Spiral staircase (will I hate it once the novelty’s worn off?)
- A fireplace is a must!
In a frenzy of inspiration I even drew up floor plans! I thought I was being completely mental and was a bit sheepish to share it with my partner Mike but he was right there with me. We talked at length about the location of the downstairs toilet, the upstairs bedroom-bathroom arrangement, making sure we have enough space for having friends over for dinner!
I’m very much a homebody (an introverted Cancerian!) so the perfect home is pretty much my idea of heaven. I’m designing my own personal heaven you guys! What are the features of your dream home? Where do you go for inspiration?