Text by Bethany Adams
When you step into the entryway of the Flemings’ charming craftsman cottage, you understand why it’s Sonja Fleming’s favorite part of the home. From the calming gray-green tone of the walls to the 11-foot coffered ceilings, every detail is a testament to the passion that she and her husband, Ronnie, have poured into every room.
Sonja notes that one of the foundations of their relationship is building together, adding that they have built two homes together in the past. Throughout the process of building their home, the couple have shared their progress on Instagram via @ourcraftsmancottage. “We’re just one of those couples that loves homebuilding; we love projects, and we love working together doing this,” Sonja says.
The result of their efforts is what Sonja calls a “fresh take on a craftsman,” blending relaxing elements with all the charm of cottage style. The crisp white paneling and detailed trimwork in every room reveal Ronnie’s skill as a finish carpenter, while the interior design was thoughtfully crafted by Sonja to echo the serene beauty of the outdoors. “I did a calmer green on the wall that would just have a fresh look to it,” she says of the shade that she carried through the house.