Okay, I admit it. I have cottage love. It's a condition I've suffered from for most of my life. I can't help it. I love cottages. But lately I've been trying to define what makes a cottage a cottage? Does it need to be small? Full of old-fashioned detail? A second home? Relaxed and casual? Pretty and sweet? Warm and cozy?
Most people would agree that this Talladega Tudor Revival cottage is a... cottage. It's small. It's pretty. It has charming detail. It's not too stuffy. It's kind of old-fashioned. But it was most likely always a year round residence. Maybe we should strike second home as a requirement...?
Cotswold Cottage is definitely warm and inviting. It's also fairly casual and relaxed, but it's not exactly small. Hmmmmm, maybe it's okay to consider a medium-sized home a cottage! Because, I have to say, this house definitely feels like a cottage.
But what about Newport, Rhode Island "cottages", such as the Vanderbilt Mansion?
Surely, it's all about detail, then....
Gothic Revival, like the Newport mansions, does not lack for detail, and I don't think anyone would argue that it's a cottage! That's it, then. Detail.
And maybe some old-fashioned styling....
streamlined and modern cottages? I'm sure their owners would disagree about detail being a cottage requirement.
For that matter, the detailing on this Nantucket Cottage is somewhat restrained,
It is sweet and inviting... and pretty...
Hansel and Gretel Cottage. Maybe that's it! Sweet and inviting! Not sure I think of those Newport mansions as "sweet", though. And some of the modernistas might take offense to their stream-lined abodes being called "sweet"-- or "pretty."
This tar paper cottage is certainly charming, but probably not what we would consider pretty.
Maybe it's really all about how the home or space makes you feel? Or act? Maybe, after all, cottage "style" is really about "lifestyle". A cottage is a place that welcomes and comforts.
place where you can relax and enjoy being alone, or spending time with family and friends. Maybe, it's not about the building, at all..., maybe it's really all about the people who live within it's walls.
This post is being linked to the Alphabe-Thursday link party at Jenny Matlock's blog.