Charming Riverside Cottage

Welcoming Alabama Riverside Cottage

Anne attached stovepipe wire to old-fashioned wooden letters and strung them from the chandelier above the kitchen table for an artistic look that fi ts the space. The colorful kitchen table holds a unique story and is a great example of repurposing pieces you treasure. “Allan had a beautiful marble drugstore table when we married,” Anne says, explaining that it was lovingly used as their dining room table for years. “The marble eventually broke, and we used the base to have a tabletop made the size we needed in the kitchen. I painted, distressed, and waxed it.”

Welcoming Alabama Riverside Cottage

Mixing history and tradition with the present is a theme that can be found throughout the cottage. The river porch ceilings were painted the traditional blue, and the Strands decided to bring the outside in by painting the ceilings in the adjoining rooms blue as well for a fresh twist on tradition. “Everything for me is about a mixture of the old and the new,” Anne says. “The mixture keeps things lively, but comfortable and accessible.”

From the inviting front porch to the charming light-filled bedrooms, the two-story cottage is a Southern oasis that seems to gracefully transcend time. The Bridgetender’s House is a home where the river continues to play an integral role. The stunning sunrise and sunset views of the tree-lined river below, as seen from the porch, are what first attracted the Strands to the Bridgetender’s House, and they’ve found that inside the views are just as idyllic. “We can see the constantly changing river from our bedroom through the door to the porch. Each morning a different atmosphere paints the scene,” Anne explains. “And because of its position on the side of the bluff, we joke that the Bridgetender’s House is the perfect place to relax and celebrate in a magical space outside of time.”