The Collector’s Cottage

The Collectors Cottage

Text by Avery Hurt | Photography by Jim Bathie

This adorable cottage was hiding beneath aluminum siding when a veteran art collector found it and turned it into a charming home for her diverse collection of artwork.

Before Marie Mealor bought and worked her magic on it, this charming 1930s cottage was hiding beneath aluminum siding. Marie, looking for a smaller space now that her children were grown and on their own, spotted the home’s potential anyway. After stripping off the siding and replacing the front windows with a floor-to-ceiling arched pair salvaged from a French hotel, the outside was totally transformed. Then the real fun started.