Modern 1800’s Cottage Home Tour

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I hope you enjoy this post as we revisit an old favorite and go on a Modern 1800’s home tour!

A couple of years ago, my dear friend Tanya, found the most charming, unique house I have ever seen.  We are kindred spirits through and through and I just knew how much this home was going to bless her.

The home was built in 1996, but get this, the original owner had it designed after an 1800’s German cottage, but with all the modern amenities!!

Who does that???

It has the wide planked wood floors with hand driven square nails, an arched roof (!), wood ceiling beams and all the “door knobs” are vintage latches.

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When you first walk in, you see this huge brick fireplace that runs into the kitchen and up through the center of the home.

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I love how Tanya regularly has lavender drying from the beams just like they would have back in the day.

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Right about the time Tanya and her family found this house, her Nana (grandmother) was not doing well physically and was, come to find out, on her death bed.  Nana was full blooded German and was always drawn to this style of house.

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Tanya wrote a sweet letter to the owner describing her love for her grandmother and how much it would mean to her to live in a home that reflected her German family heritage.

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The seller ended up accepting Tanya’s offer and I’m sure it had something to do with her sentimental heart.

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When Tanya sat at Nana’s bedside and told her the news, Nana cried.

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Nana passed away soon after that conversation and never saw Tanya’s 1800’s style cottage.

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But, I think it was one of those sweet details in life that God sent to the both Tanya and Nana to comfort them before they said good-bye.

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Even though the house was built in 1996 and so fairly new, there were things that were starting to get dated.  Tanya and her husband got right to work, repainting, changing out the lighting and updating many things.

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The kitchen got a makeover- all new appliances, tile, countertops, island, etc.

The island is from Crate and Barrel.

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It was so fun for me to visit her during that time.  The smell of fresh paint, tools everywhere, trying to feed people while your kitchen was demolished, the cold, echoing house due to the fact that you can’t fully move in and the windows needing to be open to vent the paint fumes- it all brought back memories of our house renovation and made me smile.

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One of the things I love about Tanya is her immaculate house keeping skills.

I have heard Dutch women are famous for their spotless homes and I jokingly tell Tanya she would have made a good Dutch woman!

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As I was taking these photos yesterday, I kept asking where she had purchased this and that and you know what she said?

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“Well, almost everything was thrifted.”

Of course.

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One more reason why I love her so!

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Off the kitchen is their lovely dining room . . .

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and that back door opens out into the most gorgeous yard- on a pond!

Um, yes, please!

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I’m telling you, this house is what dreams are made of!

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I just know the She Holds Dearly readers will appreciate getting a glimpse of such a charming abode.

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Originally, I planned to photograph the whole house, but I was getting an overload of good material to work with.

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So, lucky you, this will be the first of at least THREE blog posts.  I would love to show you her yard in the spring time, just a hint- she used to work in a green house!

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AND, I still need to show you all the bedrooms and bathrooms (one that is newly renovated) in this place!

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I hope you enjoyed this little home tour as much as I did, it isn’t everyday that you get to sneak inside a modern 1800’s cottage, now is it?!

Continue the tour to see the bedrooms and bathrooms, and the Cottage Garden!

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  1. January 21, 2018 / 5:13 PM

    What a beautiful home and beautiful home story! Loved seeing your friend’s sweet cottage – it’s a stunner!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:13 PM

      Tonya, thank you so much, that means a lot coming from someone as talented as you

  2. January 22, 2018 / 8:55 AM

    Great post, Sarah! Love Tanya’s style and the story behind her excitement about this home. Looking forward to seeing the next post in the series. Beautiful photography too, my friend. Well done!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:16 PM

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for stopping by, Genevieve.

  3. Corrie
    January 22, 2018 / 9:10 AM

    I loved this! Thanks for posting.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:17 PM

      Oh, good, I will pass that on to Tanya!

  4. Ellen McManus
    January 22, 2018 / 10:53 AM

    This is amazing! Would Tanya be willing to share the floor plan? I would love to see how the room are situated.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:30 PM

      I’m glad you liked it! She’s unable to share them, I’m sorry. But I can tell you that the front door opens into the living room and the fireplace is shared between the kitchen and the living room. Hope that helps!

  5. January 23, 2018 / 5:38 AM

    I am so glad I clicked on your link at the Inspire Me Tuesday party. Your friend’s house is lovely and I can see how much she adores her house. Thank you for sharing her inspirations and I look forward to seeing the next two posts.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:33 PM

      I’m so pleased that our paths have crossed! Thank you for stopping by, Donna.

  6. Sherri Fransila
    January 24, 2018 / 8:58 AM

    Love it. But a question – I absolutely love open shelves in the kitchen but see myself having to wash everything every couple of days. Is that what everyone with open shelves does?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:21 PM

      I have some things on open shelves and they only need to be cleaned about every two months so if your okay with that, I’d say go for it.

  7. January 24, 2018 / 10:39 AM

    Lovely post, Sarah! So glad you shared this home. Very inspiring!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:22 PM

      Thank you, Julie, I’m glad you liked it!
      p.s. love your new site so proud of you, friend!

  8. Cindy
    January 24, 2018 / 12:08 PM

    Loved the tour. Thank you.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:22 PM

      Your welcome, Cindy, this was a fun post.

  9. Charlotte Snodgrass
    January 24, 2018 / 1:17 PM

    LOVE THIS!! Thank you for sharing this home and your pictures are beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing your photos of the rest of the house!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:24 PM

      Thank you for all your wonderful compliments! I can’t wait to finish the tour myself.

  10. Lynda
    January 25, 2018 / 12:57 PM

    Thank you for sharing this. Can’t wait to see the rest of the home, and yard! We plan on building a two bedroom get-away in N.C. later this year. Ideas worth saving!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:35 PM

      Oh, your plans sounds amazing! I hope it is everything you’re dreaming it will be.

  11. Rachel
    January 27, 2018 / 5:56 AM

    So pretty….would love a garden tour!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:37 PM

      Will do, Rachel, will do.

  12. January 27, 2018 / 7:50 AM

    What a charming home! I love every bit of it, those floors are gorgeous!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:39 PM

      Thank you, I can tell we are kindred spirits! I love every inch of this place, too.

  13. January 27, 2018 / 4:53 PM

    What a charming home. I love the details and her fantastic thrifted finds.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:40 PM

      I’m so glad you loved the tour. Tanya’s amazing, isn’t she?

  14. L
    January 27, 2018 / 8:32 PM

    Lovely home with a beautiful story.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      January 30, 2018 / 7:41 PM

      Thank you, this was such a fun post. I’m so glad everyone loved it.

  15. Maria
    February 3, 2018 / 2:18 PM

    Just so gorgeous.,love this gorgeous home.? I have the same picture that is over that little green table.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 18, 2018 / 6:34 PM

      You and Tanya would probably get long so well, how fun that you have the same picture! Thank you for your kind words.

  16. Nathalie D.
    February 4, 2020 / 12:37 PM

    This is absolutely gorgeous- my husband and I just purchased a 200 year old cottage in need of TLC. This home is wonderful inspiration for a crisp look that pays a wonderful tribute to things of the past. Especially with the thrifted items used throughout!

    We have dark 8″- 12″ wide planked floors with square nails as well (but in much more need of help than Tanyas sadly :/) and dark hand hewn beams on our low ceilings so a light wall color to offset all the dark wood in our small rooms are a must. I really love the off-white-greyish paint color used with the pure white trim. Do you happen to know the paint colors she used here?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 23, 2020 / 2:22 PM

      Your home sounds amazing!!! I’m sorry, I don’t have the name of the paint for you. 🙁

  17. Bailey
    August 8, 2021 / 6:44 PM

    This blog post was such a blessing to me and my mom. My mom follows your YouTube channel and randomly watched the garden tour video for this house. She suddenly started bawling crying when you showed the pond because she realized that this is her step mom, my grandma’s house! We have not seen it since she passed away years ago. Tanya is the person who bought it after my grandma passed so she was the next owner. My grandma actually had the house built and it was all her ideas on the structure and what it looked like. I cried as well. So many memories in that home and in the front and backyard. We never got to say goodbye as my grandma passed suddenly. Wow what a beautiful job Tanya did on this home in giving it life again. Such a beautiful surprise it gave my mom and I as we watched, through tears and smiles getting to see the yard and house again. Thank you for what you do.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 23, 2021 / 10:57 PM

      Bailey, I was so happy to read your Mom’s comment, and yours as well! I’m so glad she found the post, and that you got to enjoy it with her as well!

  18. Britta
    August 8, 2021 / 8:06 PM

    Sarah – I’m speechless! This home was designed by my beloved step mom. She passed suddenly in 2016 and the last time I saw her home I was an emotional wreck. Seeing what Tanya has done to bring this beautiful home life again makes my heart so happy. God gave me a gift today. It is such a God thing!!! I’ve been binge watching your YouTube channel for a couple weeks and YouTube randomly suggests the next video and I just watch. This came today as I’m at the beach with my family. As I watched the garden tour the beautiful music and beautiful garden was captivating! When the video came to the pond I burst into tears! My family was so concerned and I couldn’t speak for a few minutes. Once I finally calmed down and had a moment with Jesus thanking Him for this moment I could form words to my family. Again, thank you for your channel. I’m a lover of all things vintage and decorating. I’m also a homeschool mama with 3 graduates so far and two little ones still homeschooling. I’m also in the Seattle area. I loved your blog from the beginning and I love it even more now!! ❤️

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      August 23, 2021 / 10:56 PM

      Britta, I’m so glad this post brought you so much joy! And what a fun coincidence to find something so special!

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