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Discovered: An Intimate & Inspiring Writer’s Cottage

 

Each window was salvaged and some don't match. It adds to the charm of this space.

Each window was salvaged and some don’t match, which adds to the charm of this space. Gracie has claimed a sunny spot.

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.IMG_4017-001The 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.

The hand painted front door with iron whale tail knocker.

The hand-painted front door (by Erin Cote) with iron whale-fluke knocker

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. IMG_4028-001Nothing 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.IMG_4040-001One 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.

Molly's cats posed like professional models

Felines Jack and Sid (Obsidian) posed like professional models

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. IMG_4008The 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.

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The tiny fox painting is by artist Sheila Cameron

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.

The lamp is a vintage treasure from Molly's grandmother

The lamp is a vintage treasure from Molly’s grandmother

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.IMG_4399-001I 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.

Oil paintings by, clockwise from lower left: Molly's aunt Mary Weatherall, Jill Young, Phil Brown, Betsy Lombard, and Molly herself. The central one is of Stinson Beach, artist unknown.

Oil paintings by, clockwise from lower left: Molly’s aunt Mary Weatherall, Jill Young, Phil Brown, Betsy Lombard, and Molly herself. The central one is of Stinson Beach, artist unknown.

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.

These corner windows hark back to an earlier time in architecture.

These corner windows hark back to an earlier time in architecture

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.

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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.

 

 

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7 comments

  1. Ruth Bavetta says:

    I could live there. And I don’t say that often.

  2. Molly Fisk says:

    Ruth, you are welcome to visit any time!

  3. Love the light, the art and simple warm coziness of this home.

  4. Anita Konow says:

    Love Molly’s home. So comfortable with many treasured memories.

  5. Anita Konow says:

    Love Molly’s home. So comfortable and serene. Filled with many treasured memories.

  6. Hannah LaBudde says:

    Such an amazing home and I love all the treasures she’s found!

  7. continuing education says:

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the site is really good.

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