{pure romance: a tiny victorian cottage}


. . . nearly impossible not to be utterly captivated by this perfectly tiny and devastatingly romantic victorian cottage in the catskills, all draped in netting and dusky white and overflowing with ruffly bed linens and silver tea services, antique mirrors and chandeliers, and limoges china patterned in tiny rosebuds — an enchanting summery retreat for long and luxurious afternoons spent dreaming, dreaming to the soft sounds of a sunlit stream . . .

{p.s.} special thanks to lovely reader betsy for sending along the link xo

{images: trevor tondro for the new york times}

29 Notes
  • I just love this! I’m going to post some of these pictures on my blog at with a link to your blog as well as a link to your source.



  • Thank you so much for your kind comments on my studio!


    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  • what a lovely little getaway!!

  • This is adorable! Tracey xx

  • Oh my gosh. How charming. And all that sun dappled shade would be a welcome retreat from the heat right now.

  • This is so so sweet and quaint!

    A chic little spot—thank you so much for sharing, Roséline :) I cannot wait to read the story behind it…


  • Everything about this is romantic and dreamy. Love!
    XO Piper

  • How adorable! I could (very) happily live there :) I want one! I imagine it’d be lovely in winter and summer too. *sigh* Dreaming time….

  • felicity — hello! and couldn’t agree more — the story behind this tiny cottage is ever so inspiring . ..

    for those who haven’t had a chance to read:


  • c+d — unfortunately not, as it does not have a kitchen or a bathroom — this magical little retreat is just across the stream from where the owner, sandra foster, lives with her husband . . .

  • bethany — yes, isn’t it incredible? such a lovely and insanely romantic escape . . .

    m.fay — thank you :)

    martina rosenberg — thank you! & so happy it made your day and just so you know, it is completely one woman’s own private escape away from “car/motor/technical” men :)

    sarah smith — such a perfect description: quaint/extravagant sums it up completely

    sbg — isn’t it?


  • omg i saw this little victorian cabin thing but this is really something.

  • That bed in the attic is jaw dropping. I must have it!
    Definitely saving this post.

  • I’ve always dreamed of a retreat like this in the woods – a tiny Victorian cottage to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the great outdoors in style. And my oh my, how stylish and chic it is.



  • This is probably one of the most quaint yet extravagant places I’ve ever seen! I would put up with the close quarters for the chance to dwell. :)

  • What a darling cottage; like a fairytale!

  • I am not ordinarily a fan of the Victorian style….This is fresh, clean uncluttered and beautifully done. Your reader did a great job in the photos and I enjoyed it very much!!!!!Thanks for passing it on! Maryanne ;)

  • That bed is something else. its dreamy ( :

  • Wow, what a stunning little place! It looks like a dollhouse, so sweet and pretty. Your right, it’s like a fairytale! Thanks for sharing this.

  • What a perfect getaway!

  • I haven’t read the story in the NYT yet, but love the idea of someone creating a little pretty nook in the world, all her own…

  • FXOX said...

    Her (the owner’s) story in the NYT of how she came to be there and build it makes it even more captivating.

  • I melt… how utterly lovely, feminine and desirable !! Unfortunately I do not know a single man who would like to “share” this or help me build something along the lines. “They” rather think in car/motor/technical lines, I fear… sigh. But dreaming is allowed, or ??
    Lovely lovely lovely ! Thank you – that made my day !!

  • Oh Wauw! that’s so lovely .

  • oh my goodness.. i am in love with the bedroom up in the loft!! it’s gorgeous!!! does someone live there on a regular basis??

  • This is so dreamy!! It looks so ethereal and fairy-tale like. Thanks for such wonderful inspiration!

  • this post has me dreaming. your blog is darling, thank you as always.

  • A dream!!!

  • Oh my gosh!!! I died when I read this online today, soo glad to see you blog about this amazing little gem :) It’s so gorgeous.

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