A not-so-cottage-y cottage

Posted on Tue, 24 May 2016 by KiM

I spotted this home on the website of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle magazine and had to share because cottage season has begun and this cottage (while not your average “cottage”) is about as gorgeous as they come. This 1930’s, 3,000 sq ft Nantucket style home is the cutest thing on the outside and full of contrasting goodness on the inside. Shiplap siding in white is fresh and lends to the Americana feel and looks incredible with the contrasting dark stained hardwood floors. The dining room I swear was plucked from one of my dreams I have had for the past 20 years. (Interior design: homeowner Meg Harrington of Huff Harrington Home. Architect: Linda MacArthur Architect. Photos: Erica George Dines)

I love the design but I think "cottage" is anything but the correct term. 3k square feet? Insane.

Peggy says:

Shocking how much money some people have.

Jared Hayden says:

More like a McCottage. And I find it hard to believe it dates from the 1930s. Nobody put a two car garage on the front of their house 80 years ago.

Axie says:

I'd bet the original cottage was a small home, added on to over the years.. it's a beautiful home, and what a setting!

Moyra says:

I just want to run my hands over that broken horse.

What I find shocking are the negative comments. It is definitely cottage-style with all the white and shiplap and even some of the decor. Back in the day, the large homes in Newport Rhode Island were considered "summer cottages". It's a lovely cottage style home no matter what you want to call it. Like my mom always told me, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all…

d of dogland says:

The summer mansions of the super wealthy were not considered cottages. If you research those mansions you'll find the term "cottage" is most often in quotations because no one other than "American Aristocracy" believed them to be cottages. They were dubbed cottages by their owners: Vanderbilt, Astor, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford, etc…
They were excessive, ostentatious displays of wealth with the families competing to outdo, or one-up each others "cottage." So, while they may be beautiful buildings, they are, in essence, grotesque too.
That this home was built during the Great Depression seems strange. As other have said, it may have started out as a cottage. But, not today. Just like "back in the day," the 99% find it pretentious and offensive when they see large, lavish homes being referred to as cottages.
That shouldn't come as a shock.

Some Architect Person says:

For those of you who are confused, cottage is a style/typology of home, not a specified size of home. I also would hesitate to call this house a "mansion," because that too would be just as incorrect as calling a "summer mansion" a "cottage." This is a beautiful cottage is evidently a successful collaboration and effort between client, architect, and builder.

Martin says:

Wow…It's amazing. I loved this cottage and all the stuff that are inside of it. Thanks for it.

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