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Cottage Chic

by habituallychic

07 . 01 . 10

I saw photos of this cute little cottage on photographer Douglas Friedman‘s website and finally did a little investigating about it. Turns out that it belongs to Cove Landing (995 Lexington Avenue, 212-288-7597) co-owner Angus Wilkie and was featured on one of Martha Stewart‘s house tours. It was built in the early 19th-century and looks like the perfect kind of place to spend the long 4th of July holiday weekend. I also love that they left the glue covered plaster walls as they appeared after paper was removed from them. It’s an interesting contrast to the collection of engravings and Biedermeier furniture. I think most people would have also bought the place and knocked it down to build a McMansion so it’s also a testament to the keen eye and fabulous design sense of Angus Wilkie. As Marta would say, “it’s a good thing.” Enjoy!

Photos by Douglas Friedman

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  1. the NEO-traditionalist July 1, 2010 | 10:47 pm

    How charming! I love all the fresh, white linens. Chic and yet home-y at the same time.

    xx Katie

  2. Modern Traditionalist July 1, 2010 | 10:54 pm

    My oh my, so much inspiration from this little cottage! I’m not feeling the choice of bed, though. Feels a tad out of place in the context of the rest of the home.


  3. Piper (DailyDivaDish) July 1, 2010 | 11:04 pm

    So lovely! I would have never dreamed of leaving the glue on the walls as they did – but it looks great. Love the black and white flooring in the kitchen – just did a post on this kind of flooring yesterday. Truly a gem of a cottage!
    XO Piper

  4. Bringing Pretty Back July 1, 2010 | 11:38 pm

    Cottages are the best! ADORABLE!

  5. Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit July 1, 2010 | 11:42 pm

    Love the Stag Ferns in the last image of the porch – really clever re-interpretation of their use in the 1970s – but this looks stunning!

  6. sylvie @ silver lining July 2, 2010 | 12:12 am

    utterly lovely & amazing.

    sylvie of silver lining

  7. 24 Corners July 2, 2010 | 12:37 am

    I’ve always loved their house…the perfect summer retreat (or better yet, all year round retreat).

    I also had glue-walls in my former house and actually did a post on them a while back (spured on by these images)…I loved them and wish I could’ve re-created them for the new house…but it takes years and years and more years!

    Happy Fourth!!!

  8. Kelly Green July 2, 2010 | 12:37 am

    Pure heaven! KG

  9. She Wore It Well July 2, 2010 | 1:06 am

    What an amazing cottage. And love the glue on the walls too! x

  10. Maison Luxe July 2, 2010 | 1:39 am

    My favorite house EVER. Love it!

  11. paintedpreppy July 2, 2010 | 2:21 am

    It’s the perfect little summer house! I love it.

  12. Claudia Juestel July 2, 2010 | 3:55 am

    What a lovely country home. Love the dark floors, black trim and distressed walls. I agree, it would have been a shame to tear it down for larger, but certainly not better.



  13. Christa Pirl July 2, 2010 | 9:13 am

    Lovely and utterly charming! Next thursday I will be featuring a small charmer on a small island in Norway…please check it out: christapirl.blogspot.com!

  14. bicocacolors July 2, 2010 | 10:07 am

    what a beautiful houses,
    i looove all of them!!
    greetings from spain

  15. Tabitha July 2, 2010 | 11:16 am

    Stunning house, I wish the glue on my walls had looked that good!

  16. E. Lee July 2, 2010 | 12:01 pm

    What a beautiful cottage, I too love how the plaster walls were left where the wallpaper was. A beautiful and charming touch! Thank you for investigating and sharing with us.

  17. Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ July 2, 2010 | 12:46 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that stone wall – oh how i wish i could have a stone wall!!!! .. wouldn’t “fit” into my neighborhood :o(

    PS – come by and pick up YOUR award!!!!
    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  18. Belle on Heels July 2, 2010 | 12:52 pm

    so, so darling! who doesn’t love a good cottage?

  19. Natasha July 2, 2010 | 1:17 pm

    I guess All Good Things DOES Come in Small Packages after all….

    Happy Weekend,
    Northern Light

  20. comfyheaven July 2, 2010 | 1:20 pm

    yeah really beautiful ! love the openness and the light!!!

  21. jones July 2, 2010 | 1:36 pm

    I think that I could move right in. The early 19th c. furniture–but with a pop, is fantastic. The chairs on the up stairs landing are great-I’ve never seen anythign quite like them (and I’m a chair-coholic).
    Have a great 4th of July–going to the Hamptons?

  22. eclecticentertaining July 2, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    Love it! I just visited a ca. 1880’s cottage community here in Tennessee and posted cottage pics that made me happy also.

    I agree that someone with much less vision and depth would have knocked this little gem down.

  23. Mary Jane July 2, 2010 | 2:42 pm

    Absolutly charming! I like the hanging system for pictures, also the crisp palette.

  24. Holly Goes Lightly July 2, 2010 | 2:46 pm

    Perfection if ever I saw it.

  25. Beebs July 2, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    stunning stunning!! i want to be there right now reading…

    happy 4th!

  26. newsprout July 2, 2010 | 5:27 pm

    I love every room of this house, it truly is a thing of beauty. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Katie Rob July 2, 2010 | 8:17 pm

    This is a wonderful example of a cottage with such bold use of color! Thanks so much for sharing! It’s very inspiring at a time when I am still trying to resist the urge to coat everything in my 1920s cottage in white.

  28. kbd July 3, 2010 | 1:02 am

    I absolutely LOVE this, thank you so much for posting it!

  29. kawooten July 3, 2010 | 2:18 pm

    So inspirational! (But I have to admit that I would have to add something that looked comfortable to sit in!)

  30. SPLENDEROSA July 4, 2010 | 11:57 am

    What a dear & precious place. It is a little jewel box.

  31. columnist July 5, 2010 | 4:39 am

    This is truly devine, with so much thought having gone into every aspect of the house’s decoration.