Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas at Cranberry Cottage


We are back home from our 5 days up at Cranberry Cottage. We enjoyed our time. I have had a number of requests to share more photos of the cottage.


Here is a hint of the winter wonderland we arrived in on Saturday. I will share some photos of the pretty white countryside tomorrow. This is the back of the cottage.


This is an older photo so you might notice that the Cranberry Cottage sign had not yet been hung. This is the front of the cottage. It is small but we just love it. We spent time chatting to many of the neighbors this weekend who all talked about the special atmosphere this road has. It is so peaceful and relaxing to be here. We all feel privileged that we were able to buy one of these little cottages as there are only 19 of them here. In Holland, this is a very remarkable place to find. It is a tiny country and very heavily populated.


The bedroom of the cottage.


The cottages were built as weekend houses back in 1975. When we first bought it, there were many things still in the cottage from the 70s including the original curtains. It was like going into a time warp. You see that time period in many of the features of the home such as this fireplace. We have a small Alpine tree at the cottage which fits well in the space. As you see, Santa did not forget us this year...


I have my quilts hanging in three rooms one of which is here in the living room...


The kitchen is still a relic of the 70s and we hope to make this one of our future projects. We do a project each year and some of you may remember the photos of the renovations we did on this bathroom before we did the ones at our house in the city.
The bottom cupboards were an avocado green before my mother and I used a laminate coating to give them a bit of a face lift.


Our table is set for Christmas dinner. Tomorrow I will share a new recipe I used as it was simple and very tasty.


We have no electric lights above the table here. Only our candle chandelier which we love to use.


Our coffee table in the living room has a festive touch with some quilts I made...


My vintage cardboard village and trees on the bookshelves...


Santa watches over me as I cook us our Christmas dinner...


I wish you all a wonderful holiday week as the end of the year approaches. I hope you are enjoying your family time and the sights of Christmas...

14 comments:

Nancy said...

I'm glad you enjoyed Christmas at your cottage which is very charming! I love the fireplace!

Teresa said...

Your cottage looks so cozy. I would want to live there year-round!

Lilysmom said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures. It's so nice for you to have a retreat that you can go and get away from the every day life! Merry Christmas!

Tanya said...

What wonderful pictures, Heidi! I esp like the headboard to the bed - looks fence-like. So neat!!

Happy New Year,
Tanya

Anonymous said...

Wow, that photo of the cottage and the white trees! I like that very very much. Nice to see all the pictures from inside. I wish to have such a cottage in future as well!
Elly

Carolien said...

What a lovely cottage you have! It must be such a nice retreat. I love your Santa's quilt on your coffeetable, the checked Santa is a nice variation! And the shape of the hats are lovely.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Carolien

Anonymous said...

all your pictures are so nice!!!
Another Merry christmas my friend in your lovely cottage
hugs
fran├žoise

Nancy said...

This message might come up as from Kristen since I am on her computer.
It did on another blog i commented on. Looking at these pictures sure bring back memories since I was with you at the beginning of changing this cottage into your own. We did the curtains and you changed all the furniture. By the way, there were two place settings missing on the table.
I hope you liked all that Santa brought you, after all, you are such a good elf.
Love you, Mom

Nancy said...
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Nancy said...

This message might come up as from Kristen since I am on her computer.
It did on another blog i commented on. Looking at these pictures sure bring back memories since I was with you at the beginning of changing this cottage into your own. We did the curtains and you changed all the furniture. By the way, there were two place settings missing on the table.
I hope you liked all that Santa brought you, after all, you are such a good elf.
Love you, Mom

Nancy said...

This message might come up as from Kristen since I am on her computer.
It did on another blog i commented on. Looking at these pictures sure bring back memories since I was with you at the beginning of changing this cottage into your own. We did the curtains and you changed all the furniture. By the way, there were two place settings missing on the table.
I hope you liked all that Santa brought you, after all, you are such a good elf.
Love you, Mom

Mary said...

Heidi, Cranberry Cottage is just adorable now that I can see it in its entirety! What a grat job you and Jos have done restoring it and making it so comfortable.

I missed you while you were away but knew you would be having an enjoyable Christmas in the country.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Heidi - your cottage is adorable and it looks so cozy and warm and ready for the holidays. Love love love your Santa quilt on your table. Your meal also looked dee-lishes. Thanks for sharing your special place.

Hugs - Karen

Heather said...

Your cottage is just darling!! I just LOVE it!! Every room is just so cozy and just wonderful!!