Small Space Solutions from Traditional Donegal Cottages

Small Space Solutions from Traditional Donegal Cottages

Sarah Coffey
Jan 29, 2009

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Yesterday, we looked at cottage style from Michigan. Today, we're heading overseas to Ireland, where tiny cottages are a time-honored tradition. Humble and often handmade from whitewashed walls and thatched roofs, these traditional homes in County Donegal make the most of their small footprints...

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This bedroom adheres to a classic small-space rule: limiting the amount of furniture in a room keeps it from looking cluttered.

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This Galwolie Cottage kitchen uses brightly painted trim to draw the eye towards the window and the landscape beyond.

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Small homes don't need much heat to keep them warm. A central fireplace heats the living room on cold nights.

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Many Irish cottages, like this Teachín Róise home, come equipped with turf-burning stoves that generate heat from earthen bricks.

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This kitchen from Dougherty's Cottage is spacious enough to include a dining table and washing machine, all under a gabled roof. Many Irish homes skip the laundry room, including washing machines and drying racks in the kitchen.

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This bedroom from Coastguard Station Cottage uses a classic small space solution: a large mirror that reflects light from the window.

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This kitchen from Graham's Cottage is a classic Irish cooking and dining area, centered around a hearth.

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In this bedroom from Ray Thatched Cottage, a large four-poster bed nearly reaches ceiling height. Just because a room is small doesn't mean it can't handle one large piece of statement furniture.

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The boarded ceiling in this kitchen from Annie Clare's Cottage reinforces the horizontal lines of the room, making it appear longer.

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For more traditional cottages from County Donegal, click here.

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