When Steve bought forty acres of land in the Clinch Mountains ten years ago, I couldn’t see the vision. He had gotten his first raise from work and decided not to add it to our normal budget. He set up a separate account for the extra money and then bought a farm in the mountains. There was no house there at the time, only the raw grit of nature left untouched for years. The first time he took me there, I got so carsick on the ride over and nearly lost my breakfast. Everywhere we walked, the water seeped up over our shoes and I thought he had nearly lost his mind. Why would spend our money in this backwoods mountain town to walk in water puddles everywhere?
But two years later after months and countless hours of research and collaboration, he turned the wetlands into a fresh water pond/lake. It’s fed by 7 natural springs and is a sight for sore eyes. It is, I daresay, a magical place to spend your time. My parents have been living there for the last few years while they build a house across the street. They moved into their home last week and now the cottage sits empty, ready for some love. (We’re probably gonna paint the outside, but that’ll have to be discussed in another post!)
The little cottage overlooks the water, which is flanked by the most gorgeous sycamore trees.
The girls and I are headed there for Spring Break next week for a little rest and reprieve and writing. And also some cleaning and painting. I’m painting the walls white so feel free to chime in with your favorite white wall paint! I want it to be Scandinavian/sparse/modern/rustic.
Something like this (ish).
After I took half my life trying to make my own mood board, I found room on IKEA’s website and I think this may be my jackpot. Orange and white patterned sofa? Tennessee fans with terrific passion? Yes, this could be a done deal. And if you hate orange or think I will after a year or two, that’s just a slip cover, so when I’m ready for a change, it’s not very costly to do from IKEA.
I also have a Cottage Board on Pinterest that is full of great yet simple spaces.
I guess who am I kidding to think I could have space with no color? But, I do want it to be fairly minimalist and easy to take care of, with lots of white space.
Also, I need to go thrifting soon and find the rustic side to this modern minimalist look.
Maybe when I get this all done, I’ll have little women’s retreat!
One thing’s for sure. You can’t beat the cool, misty mountain mornings.
(I’m sure there’ll be some happy mountain music playing!)