Since there was no habitable place on the farm we ended up renting a cottage with some friends 30 minutes away. We knew we needed a house - the old house was a huge huge money and time pit and what we needed first was a small quick cottage.
We chose a bluff above the James River and proceeded to clear and clear and clear…
|Future site of Cold Comfort Cottage|
When the bluff was cleared the eventual lay out of house and outbuldings came to me in a dream (or hallucination). Below is the actual sketch I did with what I envisioned...
This is exactly what we ended up building over the next few years...(details on other buildings - Whimsey & School House - in upcoming posts!)
As a designer, I have had several photo shoots with national magazines. I partnered with Country Living Magazine for a story on what would be Cold Comfort Cottage. I have posted some pictures below from the shoot they for their November 2003 Thanksgiving issue. This started a wonderful association with incredibly talented people - Rebecca Thienes, Stanley Hura and Keith Scott Morton.
|Final front view of Cold Comfort Cottage|
Cold Comfort Cottage was all about recycling. It had old doors, sinks, columns and other architectural items that I have found along the way at flea markets, etc. It also continued the theme I started by having a very basic and graphic color story - the two most basic colors - black and white.