A Victorian hide-away
This isn't a true home (the couple lives in a trailer) but as a fanciful hideaway, was brilliantly executed, especially for the cost. Be sure to flip through the slideshow, the photos are excellent. (NYTimes is free and does not spam you, if you are asked to register)
"In the Catskills, Comfort in a Gingerbread House
NYTimes June 23, 2010 - DELHI, N.Y.
THE most magical things in life are the ones that spring up where you least expect them in the case of Sandra Foster, the tiny Victorian cottage in the Catskills that shares space with a 1971 mobile home, two aged trucks, a pen full of chickens and a hand-lettered sign advertising "Farm Fresh Eggs, $2 a Dozen."
The chickens and their eggs are the remnants of a restaurant that Ms. FosterÂs husband, Todd, a great bear of man, tried to run in this sleepy college town last summer; like the landscape business he started a few years earlier, it failed. Mr. Foster, who is working at a local poultry farm, is still recovering from back troubles, making Ms. Foster, a fiscal administrator at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, the primary wage earner.
No matter. Ms. Foster has her own shabby-chic retreat. It may not have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands.
This is all the more impressive because she renovated the 9-by-14-foot cottage, an old hunting cabin, herself. The cost of renovating and furnishing it: $3,000."
Here is a link that might be useful: Victorian cottage slideshow)