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Outfit: Our Gatehouse


I thought today I'd share a little of our background with the gatehouse since it will probably end up being shared on the blog again and again--I mean how can I resist when it's so cute? The gatehouse (and its matching twin) is positioned at the front of a large park Thomas has taken me to a number of times for fishing and long walks. We'd pass them as we headed into the park and they're such charming little houses that we couldn't help but peek through the windows and see they were quite empty despite the "residents only parking" signs that sit beside them. So, Thomas spent a few weeks playing phone tag with various park officials and locals trying to hunt down the owner or manager and eventually reached the landlord who told us the gatehouse with the little yellow door was indeed going to be available for rent soon. I had to fly back to the States before we could get a proper peek inside, but Thomas walked through with a video camera and began turning on the charm to convince me this darling house would be our perfect first home together--and I took quite a bit of convincing! As cute as the outside is, I wasn't interested in living here because it's so tiny on the inside. Crazy tiny. I couldn't imagine how all of my belongings, let alone two people's worldly posessions, could fit inside comfortably. Plus, I wanted a two bedroom apartment so if my family visited there would be a place for them to stay without going to a hotel because a plane ticket makes the visit expensive enough. But with further video walk-throughs and several long Skype chats I was eventually won over by the positives of the gatehouse. It's in a great location, rent is cheap, we can sleep on a sofa bed and give my parents the bedroom when they visit, and the size will encourage us to simplify. Of course now, whenever I share a picture of it people respond so positively and Thomas teases me that I almost let this slip through our fingers! We're still in the process of getting my stuff over and making the space as efficient as possible, but I will probably share some pictures of the interior when we're unpacked. For now, here are a few pictures of it with the flowers out front in full bloom and Thomas behind the camera saying "I told you so" with each idyllic shot.

21 comments:

Jenny said...

This place is BEAUTIFUL! It looks like a mini castle. I am so glad you decided to move here so we can see the pretty photos to follow! :)
xx
Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

Vanessa said...

Lovely outfit and photos!!

kathleen rose said...

Actually it’s my dream to live in a tiny cottage like this! This cottage is so YOU too and really fits in with your romantic, vintage-inspired aesthetic! I am always decluttering and I’d be so happy to have an adorable small space to call my own. I think living in America especially we all think bigger is better, but not necessarily. In terms of the environment smaller is much better and we really don’t need that many things. I think we are actually happier when we’re just surrounded by things we LOVE and nothing else!

Merry Ferry said...

My other half is from near Bushmills and every summer we come over for a week and explore. Not been to this park yet though. Can you not rent the one opposite as studio/wardrobe space?

Yours Truly, Freckle Face said...

Your garden looks amazing! Can't wait to see what you guys do with the inside, your stylish spaces posts are always so inspiring. Also, the outfit looks great!

LIVforstyle said...

Beautiful photos and a stylish outfit. Love it!

Liv

www.livforstyle.net

Meg @ Adventures in Verdance said...

What a lovely home! Thanks for sharing with us!

countrygirlcityfashion said...

These pictures are absolutely and unbelievably beautiful.

Sarah Clark said...

I am so in love with those shoes! They are so vintage-y! I love them <3

Cecelia said...

It really *is* the cutest house. Luck with organizing and moving everything in!

Pat Palmer said...

I can't wait to see this in person. Did you and Thomas plant the garden? It is gorgeous. Somebody has a green thumb. Do you mind if I share this blog?

Eden Mint said...

Such a beautiful setting for photos, I love your hairstyle and dress!

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Tessa said...

This is such an exquisite location, and it suits your outfit so beautifully!

Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

Charlotte Noordsy said...

I just adore your house! It really is so worth it, and it makes such a great background!

xo Charlotte
www.thelittleorangedress.blogspot.com

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Merry Ferry, the other gatehouse is actually being rented by someone else (for storage), but additionally renting 2 places would really take away the benefit of this being very affordable.

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Pat Palmer, no we don't mind--you have permission to repost. :) The garden out front actually maintained by someone else; so we get all the pretty flowers & none of the work! The whole outside is really under the care of a different authority as a historic building.

Vicki said...

Lovely outfit! Your hair is beautiful. :) And I am in love with your gatehouse. It seems like something right out of a fairy tale.

-Vicki
Vicki Grace

Elsa said...

Your house is so beautiful.

Bonita Vear said...

This is so beautiful ~ I love all the elements of your outfit, the dresses' bodice and sunflower skirt are so pretty, particularly when paired with your phone purse!

All the colors of the flowers in your garden are just superb! I think you are going to have the cutest wee house once it's all unpacked, and I do hope we'll get to see more of your gorgeous home. ❤

xox,
bonita of Lavender & Twill

Laila said...

What a truly gorgeous house! It's so adorable. It sounds like you're being really practical with how to use the space best - I currently live in a tiny apartment and it forced us to downsize our belongings when we moved in, but now I love it and weirdly I find it a lot easier to focus (my last house was much bigger and airier). I hope you'll be happy here! X

Jeanne Wong said...

When I ws in college in Montreal, I lived in a beautiful apartment. But it was horribly small and noisy from the drunk pubbers lol. But everytime i reach home and see how pretty it is, my day got slightly better. ;)