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How to Design a Storybook Cottage

A client’s request: “Build me a house where Disney meets Tudor.” The architect explores the details that make the style Full Story
     Comment   March 26, 2014
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Window-seats. A fairy-tale cottage must have window-seats to sit in when you're not sitting by the fire. That's where the beautiful young girl sits breathing the scent of roses (growing over the windows) and doing her needle-work when the prince rides by and sees her and falls in love (or she pricks her finger and a drop of blood falls on the snow and she dreams of having children named Snow-white and Rose-red).

The window-seat is where you sit to make sure you can see any wandering, lost princesses in need of refuge, give them shelter and be handsomely rewarded for your trouble. It's where you are sitting when the horrid-looking beggar appears asking for a crust - and you give it to him and he turns into a handsome prince, and whisks you away to the next step up from a fairy-tale cottage: a fairy-tale castle.
March 24, 2014 at 2:14pm     
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Here's the house we always called the Gingerbread House in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where I grew up. It's right across the street from our high school and looks out over the ocean - the Narrows..
March 26, 2014 at 5:56am     
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And last I heard, it's for sale - only $11 mill...
March 26, 2014 at 6:04am     
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I love the "stories" that scarbowcow wrote to describe life in a storybook cottage. Perhaps you should think of writing a book since you have such a wonderful way with descriptive prose and setting a mood. It made me want to move right in to that cottage.
March 26, 2014 at 6:33am     
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Bud thank you for this great article. Something so magical about a storybook cottage. We just purchased this cottage and we are remodeling the kitchen.
March 26, 2014 at 7:23am     
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