Take a Tour of This Renovated 1926 Cozy Cottage

I am so thrilled to have Sara from Simply Southern Cottage here today sharing her beautiful home in Louisiana. Sara lives in a cottage, and it's absolutely stunning. She has done an incredible job making her house a home and decorating it so beautifully. I'm so excited to share her work here today so you can get new ideas and get inspired by Sara:

But first, what you need to know is that the house looks nothing like the house that I purchased back in 2016.

You see the exterior was completely overtaken and overgrown with red tibouchina trees and other vegetation on the inside, not nearly as well-manicured as it is now.

The ceilings were caving in, water damage was abundant, and the house was in ruin. You can hardly tell by looking at it now. Even the front porch looks amazing.

In fact, most people thought the house should just be razed back then, but the minute that I laid my eyes on this cottage, I saw the after in my head. And I knew exactly the potential that was hiding beneath the ruin, both indoors and out.

So come along with me, and let me show you the renovation that I completed of this 1926 Louisiana cottage. We’ll start in the living room. You can see that we decided to go with a cottage vibe.

The grace and beauty of this design style are evident in the gorgeous fireplace, built-in bookshelves, carefully selected furniture, soft fabrics, and vintage decor.

Even the ceilings, walls, and light fixtures were carefully thought out as we renovated this home.

We even added a bit of whimsy through fun textures and patterns.

And no detail was overlooked as we designed each room of the home.

It was important to us that we add character as we went, and this unique island is a clear example of that.

Just look at how much of an impact these beautiful surfaces made in the kitchen.

Greenery is a great way to add a touch of nature in your home and create a warm and inviting space.

Finding an intricately designed serving ware pattern made the dining space feel even more like home.

And our small laundry room off the kitchen was certainly not an afterthought. We put just as much time and attention into introducing character into this space as all the others.

If this doesn’t say shabby chic, I don’t know what does.

We were even able to tuck in this bench and bring in this stunning fabric for the bench cushion.

Like in any other home, storage was important. And these wire baskets elevated our shoe storage to the next level.

Here is what our home office looks like. You can see how a great rug, textured pillow, and fun decor can really make a difference.

The cottage vibe also made its way into our primary bedroom. The linens are soft and smooth, creating a luxurious sleeping experience, and the heavy furniture helps the room feel balanced while bringing in that wood element.

The primary bathroom is clean and simple, almost spa-like and elegant. The little details were what mattered most, and the fixtures are clearly the star in this space.

Who wouldn’t want to take a nice long bath in this amazing clawfoot tub? You could easily get lost in a book here.

And here is another bedroom in our home. The furniture and decor are what make this space so cozy.

Moving outside, we have an oversized porch swing, plenty of plants, and many pillows for the ultimate lounging experience.

The exterior of the home is marked with simple, clean lines in a fresh, white paint.

And we even have space on the property for this greenhouse with all its rustic charm.

1926 Cozy Cottage

A big thank you to Sara for opening up her beautiful home and sharing it with us here today. She has done some amazing work turning this 1926 Louisiana cottage into a home.

What were your thoughts as you toured the home virtually? Share your favorite room in the home down below.

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  • Catherine Catherine on Jun 09, 2024
    I was lead to believe that I would see a before picture.
    • Lynne3allen Lynne3allen on Jun 09, 2024
      I was looking forward to seeing the "before" picture(s) as well!
  • Kathy Kathy on Jun 10, 2024
    I too was looking for the “before” pictures. Disappointed they weren’t included.