Cottage Living For Empty Nesters

Welcome to the 368th Metamorphosis Monday!

Recently I shared a delightful cottage that would be perfect for us empty nesters who are thinking of metamorphosing or downsizing to a “just-the-right-size” house.

Cottage with Dutch Door


Today I’m excited to share another cottage that’s just as wonderful, if not more so. As much as I loved the other one, I think I like the layout and design of this one even more than the previous one I shared.

As you can see, this sweet cottage has a front porch, too. A front porch is pretty much a must-have in my book. They add so much to the appearance of a home and are perfect for enjoying during lovely spring/summer/fall evenings.

Cottage with Porch, Dutch Door and Open Interior


This cottage also has an adorable Dutch door, only this time it’s painted red. Love the flower boxes!

Cottage with Red Dutch Door


Can you just imagine sitting here in the evenings, sipping a glass of ice tea or wine with your neighbors and friends.

Front Porch Design for a Cottage


The reason I like this layout even better than the one we saw in the other cottage we toured is because the front door opens up into the living room, where in the previous cottage it opened up more into the dining space.  You can see and read more about the other adorable cottage here: Cottage Living for Young Couples or Empty Nesters

Cottage for Newlyweds or Retirees


This home also has lots of windows and skylights just like the previous cottage. I love all the light coming in and it really makes the homes feel a lot bigger.

Cottage Living Room with Vaulted Ceiling


The kitchen is a nice size, not too small. I’m not a big fan of open shelving, prefer cabinets with glass doors, but if you enjoy open shelving, those would fit nicely where the two cabinets are on either side of the sink.

Cottage Kitchen Design


White Cottage Kitchen


The breakfast/dining room is one of my favorite rooms in this home. I absolutely love all these windows! Raise the windows and it would almost feel like eating out on a screened-in porch!

Sunny Breakfast Dining Nook


Let’s go upstairs and check out the bedrooms. Here’s a view looking down from the loft.

Cottage with Vaulted Ceiling


The loft is the perfect spot to tuck away a desk or maybe create a reading nook with a cozy chair and a small side table and lamp.

Cottage Loft Office Space


This may be the master bedroom since it has its own deck. Great place to enjoy a cup of coffee each morning!

Cottage Bedroom


I love the paneled doors, they look a lot like the doors in my son and daughter-in-law’s 1930’s home. I’ll link to my son’s home at the end of this post in case you want to see how the interior doors looked in homes built during that time. Note how the sliding closet doors are the same style. I wonder if that’s a closet on the other wall to the right, or maybe that leads to the bath.

Paneled Sliding Closet Doors for Cottage


This home has 1.75 baths. I guess that means one bath doesn’t have a tub, but probably has a shower. Not sure if this bath is downstairs or up.

Cottage Bath With Open Shelving


Here’s the second bedroom…love the slanted ceiling and all the windows!

Charming Bedroom, Twin Beds, Skylight, Cottage Style


This may be the .75 bath since it appears to have a shower but no tub.

Paneled Doors for Small Cottage Home


So what do you think, did you like the previous cottage more or do you like this one better? You can see more of this cute cottage where these photos were found here: Conover Commons Cottages.

Love a cottage home? Check out designer, Sarah Richardson’s seaside cottage in this post: Sarah Richardson’s Beautiful Island Summer House

Sarah Richardson's Sitting Room in Summer House


Love old house charm? In this previous post, I shared some of the wonderful features I discovered during my first visit to my son and dil’s 1930’s home: Charming Features of Older Homes

Exterior Lighting for the Cottage Home


Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!

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  1. Thanks Susan, this cottage is absolutely darling! Perfect!

  2. So much curb appeal! I adore the porch too Susan, thanks for sharing this cozy cottage!

  3. That is a really cute place! It reminds me of the overall space you get living in an apartment but certainly much more attractive and full of personality!

  4. Pretty homes! Cottage living is my reality! We moved into a small beach cottage when we bought our first home over 20 years ago and have never left! The first house was just under 900 square feet. Our second is a wee bit larger. We added a kitchen to increase the space and accommodate our family, but it’s still a really small home originally meant only for summer vacations! We do love it though!

  5. How beautifully designed that house is – I just love it !
    We already live in a small ( older ) home – it has 9 rooms but they’re all small now to make it charming LOL
    Thanks so much for hosting !
    Have a wonderful week Susan

  6. Gayle Kesinger says

    This cottage is perfectly charming, however, I cannot imagine climbing all those stairs everyday. Thanks for sharing this post.

  7. I like this cottage. So open and airy. Porches are great.

  8. Sarah’s cottage & style is hard to beat (I have several images of hers pinned already!), but these are really cute. I could live in any number of these, but would only prefer a little more space in lines of sight toward neighboring cottages. Thanks for hosting us weekly, Susan. Love your blog.

  9. Those cottages are both wonderful. I can’t decide which is my favorite. The stairs would be a deal breaker for us though. My favorite thing about both are the dutch doors, and of course each porch.

  10. What a cute cottage! I could definitely live there. And congrats on the new grandbaby, Susan! Such exciting news! Hugs…Debbie

  11. Oh, this is so sweet! It would make a wonderful vacation cottage too. Thank you for sharing it, Susan, and thanks again for hosting.

  12. Extremely important to have the Master suite on the first floor.

  13. Absolutely LOVE this cottage. Downsizing never looked so appealing!

  14. These “small spaces” seem to be the “way to go….” Downsizing to a cabin continues to be…a challenge…just have to remember to concentrate on the view. franki

  15. Sarah Richardson’s cottage is fabulous. Thanks for sharing and hosting each week, Susan. Take care, Cynthia

  16. Sarah Richardson’s cottage is fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing and hosting each week. Take care, Cynthia

  17. Beautiful!! Love it!!
    Thanks for sharing it with us and thanks for hosting each week!!


  18. I love this cottage! Yes a 3/4 bath is with shower only. A Full bath has to have a tub in it. I would be on that porch all the time. I believe the best feature of all these are the abundance of windows. I just love all the light that you would have.

    • Gotcha…that makes sense. That’s what most folks tend to use anyway, the shower. Thanks for explaining that, Ann…good to know that’s what it means. 🙂

  19. Dreamy cottage Susan, love the dutch door! Thanks for the Monday fun

  20. Such a charming cottage! Thanks so much for hosting, Susan!
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  21. Orchid Girl says

    This is a fantastic little cottage, but I think that I’m partial to the one you posted last week. It too has a quaint little front porch, but I do see what you are saying about the front door opening onto the dining room. I, myself, don’t really use a dining room…too formal for me, so I would instead enlarge the living area. These places are amazing aren’t they?

    Thanks Susan 🙂

  22. Though both are long on charm, I think I prefer this cottage over the previous one. However is gladly set up house in either one! Love the detail of the doors in the bedroom and the ceiling beams. Keeping the stair rails white kept the space very airy too. Tons of natural light, the welcoming porches and I’ve always been a sucker for a Dutch door. When can I move in lol?

  23. Thank you for the party and I LOVE that cottage! It is “done right” in every detail.
    For example, they made sure people can sit and talk, in several areas of their home (with seating facing each other).

  24. Wonderful cottage, Susan! We are having tornado warnings all around today, yikes.

  25. Orchid Girl says

    The kitchen cabinets can easily be changed to glass doors by having a handyman cut out the existing panels and simply replacing them with glass…and perhaps adding some low lighting inside of the cabinets. I know what you mean about open shelving 🙂

  26. I love all these darling cottages and wouldn’t mind any of them! The only problem I would have is as I age I wouldn’t want an upstairs, I’ve had problems with stairs for about 3 years now and it’s not getting any better. I bet there are some smaller cottages that don’t have upstairs areas.

    • Judy, I’m sorry to hear that. I know stairs can be a challenge. I bet you’re right, they probably have some cute cottage plans that have at least one bedroom downstairs. Actually, a friend of mine just move to a cottage style home and it looks almost like a two-story from the front, but is all on one level. I love the look of a two-story home from the front.

  27. Cottage tours are now tied with beach home tours for favorite posts! I will probably revisit this one many times. Thanks

  28. …Tied for favorite AFTER your porch. That is a given, but felt I should add it anyway.

  29. I adore these smaller cottages! We are empty nesters but my hubby isn’t quite ready to downsize yet. These all feel so roomy though! Thanks for hosting dear Susan!

  30. Love, love the cottage Susan. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting another MM. Hope you have an awesome week!

  31. Thank you Susan! Love the cottages!

  32. Such an inviting home. Thank you for sharing!


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