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A Victorian hide-away

Posted by jkom51 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 24, 10 at 19:41

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. Fosters 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

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RE: A Victorian hide-away

Thought I was seeing double and I posted to this on the other thread. It really is a darling space. Would be fun to do up one room in the house like it. I really love the shabby all white look and then all the fancy colored glass work I like to do gets in my way. LOL

Anyway shows a few of us are thinking in the same direction for sure.


RE: A Victorian hide-away

I loved seeing this. What a relaxing space she has set up for herself. I'm now working on a floor plan that puts my sewing studio a bit outside the house, with more window views than I could have achieved with it inside.

The other advantage is, I can make my sewing space larger, and I can have its heating and cooling on a timer. I can keep it a bit out of my comfort range when I won't be in there, but have it set to go when I want to be. This will be handy when I won't be sewing for a stretch at a during prime gardening time....and I can hang lace curtains if I want to.

I also believe any relationship is better if we can each sneak away to our own space periodically, no matter how wonderful the marriage is. My husband is a gem and my best friend as well, but sometimes it's just nice to say to yourself, "I'm alone for a few hours, woo hoo!"


RE: A Victorian hide-away

It's funny how my daughter sent me this link on Thurs and then I have seen it posted on several forums here about a dozen times since yesterday! We're building a glass garden house using old windows and cool old french doors. This is the second one for us. The first was on the west coast and wasn't quite finished before we moved to New England. This one is larger and has a steep pitched roof which looks really cool. Now that I have seen this link, I might add a loft like she did. Our little house is 12 x 16 with the roof peak 18 feet high. I'll post some pics once we get some of the walls up and in. We're still phutzing the the roof right now. If you want to see pics of the first one, search for my user name on the garden junk forum.

RE: A Victorian hide-away

Sandy, so pleased you are pursuing the separate studio! It is a great option to be on your own occasionally. I thought you'd like the way this little shed/cottage had a loft in the end gable.

A friend of mine married a mariner who went to sea for a month at a time. She fretted about it, and I said it was good for her marriage--but she thought not. Then he came home for over a year with no job. That was NOT a good thing. She learned that sometimes absence is good for a relationship.

I always told her, "Be sure you want what you wish for, because you might get it."

RE: A Victorian hide-away

Thank you all for the comments and to Joyce wadler of the NY Times for showing interest in our lives.
A few corrections thoughNo tarp is on the actual man cave, the chickens had nothing to do with my restaurant, It was a baby buff orpington chick Joyce was shown, and I was a home improvements contractor for the first 3 years in Kerhonksonnot trying to start anything, but rather having a business that was needed to save us money on the home we just bought. Over 5 years, we put in $40k or more and endless hours of labor. We purchased a wood lot and stone quarry to provide wall stone and much needed firewood for the house too.
We have made all the breaks we got. Nothing came easy for either of us except our love for each other and the ability to show personal support in each others endeavors.
For all of you...never ever give up or tell yourself " I couldn't do that". If another human being can, most likely so can you.


Thank you Todd aka

RE: A Victorian hide-away

Quick post I have to shut down and unplug. We are having a huge storm coming down on us.

I really want to thank you for your lovely inspiration and will explore the other link as soon as this storm goes over. Gonna be a bad one.

Welcome to the SH board. So glad you stopped by. Honored REALLY


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