A former model from Germany, who only wants to go by the name of Monica, had traveled all over the world. After years on the move, she decided to settle down with her family – and she did it in true fairytale form.
Located in Northern Germany, near the Denmark border, the German model moved into a 200-year-old cottage to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and fashion industry.
The storybook cottage has brick walls with climbing ivy, a thatched roof, and is surrounded by lush forest and colorful gardens. It’s easy to see why Monica was drawn to this dreamy countryside cottage. And although the home is 200-years-old, it has all the modern comforts and amenities she could ever need.
The interior of the home is overflowing with rustic charm and antique accents.
The bright living room features white-washed wood flooring and white wood-paneled ceiling. Pops of red in the antique furniture are a vibrant touch. The sofa sits underneath a large window which provides a brightness to the room. During the colder, winter months, guests can stay warm by the crackling fire.
Just past the living room is a gorgeous dining area.
The small dining area features a four-person table with chandelier and armoire. The grandfather clock and elegant touches such as the flowers and crystal candle holders make the room look like it could belong in a royal palace. Monica says that “she treats her house as an artist to a canvas – she tries to add only her favorite colors,” according to Pufik Homes.
Monica’s kitchen mixes the past with the present.
The adorable kitchen has a very antique and vintage feel, while modern appliances, such as a dishwasher, oven and stove with electric range, and a compact washing machine, bring it into the 21st century. For extra counter space, there is an antique table, and for storage, there is exposed shelving and mint green cabinetry with chicken wire.
Now that she is staying put, the former model can relax with a cup of coffee and a good book in the small seating area.
The monogrammed chairs and table continue with the antique theme throughout the entire cottage, including the red and white color scheme. Live plants add freshness to the tiny space.
The bathroom can be found just past the seafoam green staircase with white banister.
The bathroom is simple and elegant with white tiled floors and walls with a minimalistic wooden vanity. Not pictured, there is also a toilet and shower. Built-in shelves and nooks under the staircase provide storage for linens and a place to display books or knick-knacks.
Once upstairs, you reach the sleeping loft – a space chock full of character.
The sleeping loft has two twin beds with antique headboards, a small desk, and a bookshelf made from apple crates. The drastically-pitched roof provides plenty of headroom, a feature that isn’t commonly found in sleeping lofts. Keeping the walls in a neutral color with minimal-to-no-decor makes the room feel much larger.
The outdoor space of the centuries-old cottage features a dining area for dining al fresco.
Monica and her friends can open up the French doors and enjoy a bottle of pinot grigio at the outdoor dining set – perfect for warm summer evenings. Follow the stone path around the side of the ivy-covered home and find additional seating areas to relax.
This 200-year-old cottage is now her personal paradise and sanctuary – what a perfect way to retire.
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Source: Smaller Living