And another sister….

What happens when a deserted, unloved and forlorn cottage meets a determined, creative, stylish woman?


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This idyllic home, set in the mountains of North Carolina, and surrounded by woods, is the work of Carole Faust. I’ve had these pictures in my style file since 2003 and they are well thumbed, so please excuse the quality of the images.

Little touches of greenery are everywhere.

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This once dark and dingy home is now flooded with light. Vegetation had taken over, shutting out light. Once that was cleared, walls were painted in shades of white, linen and taupe, while floors were painted in glossy white enamel.  

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I love the humbleness of this cottage and it’s colours – predominately white, with shades of brown and black to keep it grounded and touches of beachy blue.

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Carol has filled her home with flea-market finds and collections of ironstone, apothecary jars and shells.

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These twin beds are from the 1940s and have been painted black by Carol.

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I never tire of this picture below. I love the touches of black, and the collection of black and white photography. The chair is a church hall fete find, bought for $5.

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Carole’s bedroom is painted a soothing linen colour.

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This is one of my favourite images from this home (below). I love everything about it – the industrial style table and stool. The chest with its tiny little drawers, the industrial lamp, the vintage maps propped up on the chest.

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I love this porch – so fresh and tranquil looking!  I would love to find some cane vintage furniture like this to paint white.

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All images from Country Home, June 2003.

Doesn’t Carol look happy in her cottage? 

I hope you too are happy, wherever you happen to be, this weekend! 

Best wishes,

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