Have you ever dreamed on living in a small cottage by the water? This couple from North Carolina, Emily and Michael Knotts are living their dream. They’re one of those smart people that manage to have everything they need by using their creativity and a DIY attitude.
They renovated their North Carolina cottage using salvage materials, shopping only products on sale and building many things themselves.
This cottage proves that lack of money shouldn’t be an excuse to not have what you want. Be creative is essential to not break the bank, but also to achieve a beautiful home where we truly feel it belong to us.
This is the result of lots of hard work, savings and passion for where they live.
The homeowner enjoying her adorable and practical kitchen.
I adore the “home-sweet-home” feeling of this eating area and the planters are fantastic!
The homeowner used to dream with a farmhouse table, so her husband built this one for her. Yes, this is what I call “love”!
I love the Coastal shabby-chic feeling of this room.
This Ikea chair and footstool are a favorite.
A real home is just like a real woman. It can’t only be pretty, it has to offer more than that, and in this case, it also offers comfort.
Cushions from Restoration Hardware.
This lamp was a DIY project. Really cute and perfect for a cottage.
Easy as 1,2,3
Don’t you love this idea? Perfect to know how many steps you have! I’m kidding! This is truly adorable!
What do you do when you want something but can’t afford it? You build it! The homeowner wanted barn-styled doors for her office, but they do not come cheap. Here’s what she did to get the look for much less: she used salvage doors she bought on a yard sale for $10 and improvised with plumbing pipes and casters. Total: $78!
Inspired by Restoration Hardware, the desk was built by using an old door and iron pipes. Total: $250.
The master bedroom is tiny but very stylish. I love the mix of grey, white and turquoise.
You need to create as much storage space as possible when living in a cottage. They built this shelving unit using plywood and adding baskets from Target.
Emily and Michael having some well-deserved relaxing time.
Don’t you just love seeing people improvising and creating at home? This place is filled with items that the homeowners built themselves and made this little cottage into the perfect place to call “home”.
As you know, I’m also trying to do some work around my house and it’s never easy when you have three kids. I rarely have time to get things done, but I’m doing my best and I’m really doing my research because everything is very expensive these days and I think it’s important to not compromise on quality. This cottage really inspires me to keep doing my best on decorating within a budget. “Be creative” is the best lesson I take from this post today.
I hope you guys have a beautiful and sunny Tuesday!
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