Charming Vintage French Cottage

Repurposed as curtains, pillowcases, and lamp shades and used in the dog bed that Brenda created, they are just one example of her eye for the possible. After she and her husband, Tim, purchased their 1940s bungalow, they tore down a dilapidated detached garage in the backyard to make room for a guest cottage and an oak-shaded courtyard. Now, the welcoming retreat houses a trove of found objects and salvaged furniture that echoes the soft and subtle reds of the feed sacks and makes the place feel like home.

Whether she was distressing the front door to achieve the perfect patina or reupholstering armchairs she bought for a song, Brenda realized with her own two hands the charm she was seeking. The DeWitts did most of the work themselves including drawing up blueprints, building the countertops, and hanging the tongue-and-groove walls.

Because of the couple‚Äôs hands-on approach, no corner of the 20×20-foot structure is wasted, and each design decision shines with purpose. A plate rack displays and stores the dishes guests use during their stays.