I’m Andrea, and I blog at Opulent Cottage.
I’m just thrilled to be here today. Thank you so much, Debbie, for inviting me!
Welcome to our 1926 home! We live in Dallas, Texas, in an area named Greenland Hills, but unofficially known as the M Streets. I bet you can guess why J The 98 acres that comprise Greenland Hills was a planned development in 1923, and boasts one of the largest concentrations of historic Tudor-style English cottages in the U.S. At 1,186 square feet, our home was one of the smallest built, although most were not more than 1,600 square feet. Our neighborhood was designated a Conservation District in 2000 and now has strict guidelines for demolition and new construction features. This includes details that were common in the 1920s, such as high-gabled roofs, leaded glass, twisty front porch columns, and charming arched doorways.
Many of you might wonder how we can live in such a small home! We have happily been living large in this little cottage for almost 27 years now. It was never really our plan to stay in this home for so long, but we fell in love with the historic architecture of the neighborhood and the friendly vibe here in East Dallas. We considered adding on at one point, but time kind of flew by before we got really serious about it. Now that we’re empty nesters, this little house suits us just fine, anyway.
Let’s start at the front, shall we? The front porch of our home has long been the center of many happy gatherings. The large kitchen window overlooks the porch, and I decorate it for each season so that I can enjoy the cheer from inside, too.
One of my favorite rooms in our home is our tiny foyer. At just 5 by 7 feet, it can hardly be called a room! But we are lucky to have it at all, as most homes here open right into the main living area. It gets decorated for each holiday, and makes a welcoming spot for all who enter. Who could resist making the most of this little space?!!
Our living room is small too, at 12 by 17 feet, but sunny and cheerful. When we bought this house, it had dropped ceilings and painted paneling in the living and dining rooms. We gutted both rooms, and sheetrocked the walls and ceilings ourselves to restore the original ceiling height of nine feet. It really did give both rooms a spaciousness that makes them seem much larger than they are. In 2002 we created the arch between the two rooms, where a smaller rectangular doorway had been. It really opened up the house, and brought a lot more light to both rooms.
Here’s our dining room, which is in the center of the house. This is how we create storage in a tiny house: big armoires, baskets, window seats, and fabric covered tables! I run a pretty tight ship, and there must be a place for everything, or it all begins to take over the house. And yes, that is my Valentine’s tree in the corner! I wasn’t joking when I said that I decorate for every holiday.
Most of my sewing is done in here, and I always joke that I’m the only person I know who actually uses their formal dining room! My sewing machines and supplies are contained under a cloth-covered, plywood table that we built. This table is about to get a facelift, and I’ll be sharing that on the blog soon. You just won’t believe how much I have hoarded under there!
This vintage armoire was converted to be used as a china cabinet. It stores a tremendous amount of serving pieces behind that gathered curtain, and the top shelves are an ever-changing display area.
The window seats in the corner are another favorite spot. Anytime we entertain, these cozy seats are always occupied! They also give us a good deal of storage for miscellaneous things like wrapping paper, floral odds and ends, and of course, the plates and platters that I use in all of my seasonal displays. The painting is my greatest treasure, painted by my paternal grandmother when I was a little girl.
Our galley kitchen got a mini-reno last year when we ripped out an ancient pantry that was mostly wasted space. It gave us some much needed counter space (more to display with!) and now we store our pantry items in the cabinet below, and in canisters placed throughout the kitchen. Yes, here too, we make use of every inch.
Although our kitchen is small, we have created multiple display areas to showcase my ever-growing collection of holiday plates and goodies.
We love our sunny little breakfast area!
I am so happy to have Andrea here today.
I have been a long time fan of her and her blog.
You will love her too, so head on over and see what she is up to today!