Charming Riverside Cottage

Welcoming Alabama Riverside Cottage

Southern Style: Anne’s grandmother, Emmy Ellis of Wynne, Arkansas, made the beautiful silk quilt above the couch. “She made one of these for each of her grandchildren,” Anne shares, which makes for both an eye-catching and sentimental piece of artwork.

Welcoming Alabama Riverside Cottage

Anne describes the cottage as “Farmhouse Victorian,” with its large boxy rooms, high ceilings, and original wood floors along with the simple gingerbread fretwork exterior that beckons you inside. With a long list of renovations from uncovering and restoring the heart pine kitchen flooring to creating the cottage’s first closets, the Strands outfitted the house in a way that not only preserved its history but also reflected their personal style.

The cottage is filled with collections of original artwork, heirloom quilts, and comfortable furnishings, as well as small libraries and bridge memorabilia for a whimsical blend of décor that masterfully showcases Anne’s artistic country style. “Exploring antique and junk shops and blending my finds with what I own already in an unexpected or artistic way is probably the basis of my style,” Anne says. “For me decorating is exploring the mix of what I find, what I have, or what I look for. It is like an artist relating to a canvas—moving things around until I like the composition.”