An Affair with a House

Have you ever had one of those? I can still remember the day I came across this cute little cottage, and thought it was my dream home. A decade ago I was unhappy pursuing a different career, one that was completely wrong for me but brought me where I am today. Reading about design was a joy full hobby.

Along the years, the story of Bee Cottage and her wonderful owner has been told in many different ways, from a year-long column in House Beautiful almost a decade ago, to a highly praised and much enjoyed book published in the fall of 2015. Numerous design blogs worldwide have dissected its decor and pages were written about the beauty of Bee, but what makes it beautiful to me is its soul. It may sound funny to some, but certain homes have a soul. The personality, love and care of their owner shines trough and imbues a positive vibe. Those homes are not necessarily opulent or richly decorated but they have something that money can’t buy. They feel warm, welcoming and happy, and that is what made Bee appealing to me over the years. The thing I cannot believe is that as of last week, Bee is for sale (if it has not sold already!). Bee will no longer be, at least not as we’ve come to know her.

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I can’t help but feeling a certain nostalgia, as if it’s the end of something that has given new value to creating beauty in our personal spaces. Although we’ve never met, Frances Schultz has touched my life in wonderful ways. Her story resonates with every woman out there, myself included. Her writing is witty and fresh, and you can’t help laughing out loud or cry along with Frances on her journey to self-discovery. However, one of the profound conclusions of her book is that every ending brings with it the seeds of new beginnings, of bigger, greater things – as long as we stay true to who we are. In this spirit, I wish Frances the best in her new chapter, onward and upward!, and trust that Bee will find a worthy owner!

One last look at Bee:

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Living Room

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Living Room 1

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Dining Room

Cafe Design | Kitchen

Cafe Design | Breakfast Nook

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Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Sunroom

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Garden Room

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Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Bedroom 2

bee bed

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Bedroom

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Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Guest Bedroom


Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Garden view

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Pool

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Porch

Cafe Design | Gardens

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Back Entrance

It’s the end of an era so for a proper Bee Cottage send-off, I compiled a board with things I found around the web and though were very Bee-like. Enjoy…

Cafe Design | Bee Cottage Board

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{Photography by Trevor Tondro}

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  1. Donna
    July 7, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Love your post. I’m still enchanted with Bee Cottage this many years later!

    • Eva Contreras
      July 7, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you, Donna! xo