Small Space Solutions from Traditional Donegal Cottages

Small Space Solutions from Traditional Donegal Cottages

Sarah Coffey
Jan 29, 2009


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...



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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


For more traditional cottages from County Donegal, click here.

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