Discovered: An Intimate & Inspiring Writer’s Cottage
Some homes are for display, for impressing visitors. Some homes are crash pads, meant only to serve as temporary lodging between business trips. Some homes feel like playgrounds, with toys tucked into every cubby. And some are created as havens, as places to retreat, relax, and get inspired, like the vintage cottage of my friend Molly.The first thing I noticed were the colors. Not shy about expressing her creativity, Molly uses color not just in objects but also incorporated into the architecture. A hand-painted front door greeted me.
A loved home is often filled with objects that remind us of places visited, memories of long ago, and people that are cherished. I found abundant evidence of this in Molly’s cottage. Each object that caught my eye had a story attached to it. Nothing was there because it matched the sofa or was trendy. Every box, book, and lamp was valued for the history it held. But the place was far from a museum: these items begged to be picked up, handled, and talked about.One of the constant decorative themes in the cottage isn’t decor at all. Five cats live in this domicile and all five consider it their personal castle. As I squatted and leaned to get photos there was always a feline supervising me closely. I had to watch where I stepped.
The light in this cottage is wonderful. Due to a charming assortment of mismatched vintage windows, the rooms have abundant sunlight both morning and afternoon. It’s entertaining to watch the cats shift ever so slightly to stay with the moving puddles of sun. The best part of this photo shoot was listening to Molly. She filled me in on the engaging tales related to her items, chatted with her cats, and overall kept me very entertained while I clicked away.
Molly is a writer and poet, which is evident in her assortment of first edition books, tomes signed by famous authors, and her shelf of artfully arranged rainbow book covers. Her love of reading and writing is apparent in her curated selection of works. Also a well-published author, her books can be found tucked here and there, too.
Comfortable places to unwind abound. The cozy purple couch practically begs to be sunk into and if you do, you’re sure to be joined by a kitty. I had to resist the urge to grab a good book and snuggle in for the afternoon.I loved how the light highlighted different colors in the room, changing them completely for a while. The mood shifted as the yellow walls took on a golden glow. The dining table changed from a bright creative space to a cozy entertaining area.
On the walls I found some artfully arranged canvases, many painted by Molly herself. Others were by friends and family. While I felt my eye catching interesting elements to examine everywhere I looked, the space was far from busy. Instead, it felt balanced and serene.
It was very relaxing to find a genuine, lived-in home, a place put together with a collection of cherished art, books, and objects. It wasn’t assembled from a home store with every lamp matching. It came together organically, slowly, with comfort in mind. It’s a true artist’s abode, meant to welcome and inspire.
Molly’s books can be found on Amazon and in independent bookstores. Her blog can be read here. Her many essays for radio and other publications can be found on Patreon, here. You’ll find her writing to be captivating, forthright, witty, and welcoming, much like the home she’s made.