Of all the architectural styles known to man, the charming cottage bungalow is my all-time favorite! The first home I ever purchased was a cottage bungalow. You know, one of those Sears kit homes you bought out of a catalog. I remember walking in the front door of that darling house, seeing all the gorgeous wood trim and architectural details and exclaiming, “This is it!” It was listed for $61,000 and we got it for $59,000. It was the cutest house on the block and is worth about 4 times that amount today! So one day when I was surfing the blogosphere and landed on The North End Loft, I fell in love all over again with Laurel’s absolutely charming cottage bungalow! Today on Easter Sunday, I’m sharing her darling home with you to enjoy … the third one in my Charming Home Series.
Simple and beautiful details populate Laurel’s charming cottage bungalow porch. Curvy wicker furniture, bouquets of flowers, and note the small shutter on the railing, echoing the warmth of the wood found on the window frame.
A touch of wicker is repeated in the dining space, paired beautifully with painted chairs. I love the way Laurel blends textures and colors, pulling together eclectic pieces that keep her rooms from becoming predictable. An elegant rug and classic pendant finish off the look. You can peek into the kitchen from here. Perfect!
Viewed from the kitchen, you’ll notice the architectural elements in this bungalow’s dining room. Board and batten siding that runs 3/4 of the way up the wall, and a charming little corner cabinet. A special touch is the farm animal prints peeking from behind the kitchen chandelier.
Laurel’s kitchen has a functional U-shape and I could easily see myself spending many hours in here cooking and baking. It’s such a cheerful space and I can only imagine great tasting food coming out of this charming kitchen! I just adore this space!
Just beyond the kitchen is the family room where you’ll find plenty of lush seating. Laurel adds a charming touch with plenty of pillows and film reels on the wall. Clearly, this is the space for watching movies and getting comfy at the end of the day!
Laurel is a lucky lady with her very own craft room! I would love to have a space like this in my own home. She softens the space with white skirting and flowers. Plenty of sunshine floods the room making it a happy space.
Laurel also has this very cool loft on the second floor of her home. You have to visit her home to truly appreciate the space and layout of her cozy and very cute cottage bungalow! I love the pretty bunting hanging above the trio of windows.
I love this area of Laurel’s garden … neat and tidy with the added charm of lattice, a picket fence with gate, and an adorable potting bench. I only wish my garden looked half this good!
And how about Laurel’s adorable backyard shed? Could it get any cuter than this? I love the colors she chose. That door!! We need to paint our shed this year and Laurel’s color scheme is definitely one worth considering!
Finally, here’s Laurel’s porch all dressed up for 4th of July. I love her festive style! And do you see her furry friend behind the screen door? That’s Tucker! I can almost hear the slap of that screen door opening and closing on warm summer days!
I have to admit, writing this post and looking at Laurel’s charming cottage bungalow again has lifted my spirits. It’s always a joy and pleasure to visit her at The North End Loft. Give her a visit … you won’t be disappointed!