A Fun-size Hideout
This little cute cottage is hidden within nature’s fold in Catskills, New York. In fact, the only way to reach this mini palace is by crossing a stream of water by jumping on stones. But once arrived, it’s the ideal spot for a mother to get away from it all and simply relax, totally out of the reach of the family hustle and bustle. Isn’t that a nice idea?
Sandra Foster turned a Catskills hunting cabin into the romantic Victorian cottage she had always wanted, using vintage columns, flooring and wavy glass windows, and doing the carpentry herself. The shabby-chic retreat doesn’t have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands. Many of the furnishings, like the $15 chandelier hanging over the sitting area, were flea market finds. A stream runs between Ms. Foster’s cottage and the trailer that she and her husband, Todd, live in. Furnishings must be lightweight enough to carry across. The sleeping loft is accessible only by ladder — which has kept Ms. Foster’s husband, Todd, who has back troubles, from joining her there. Before the renovation, the cabin was originally a 9-by-10-foot box, with a porch roof supported by white willow tree trunks.
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