Sadly, today is the last day of the tour of Stephen Ramsey’s home in Virginia. In case you missed it, Part 1 of the exterior and Part 2 of the interior are absolutely stunning. Special thanks for Gleason of Gypsy Lady Designs for such a wonderful series!
PART III-GUEST COTTAGE
The guest cottage was built in 1855 by the Cabell family and used as their law office. Stephen uses it to display more of his antiques and also rents it out as a residence.
His renter, Maria, comes from Sweden every November and stays through the winter months, heading back to Sweden in the spring. I think it is adorable how she never takes her Christmas decorations down. They all compliment the rest of the home and put her mark on it, since the furnishings are from Stephen’s collection.
The living room encompasses a day bed, dining area and sitting area. From the collection of cards, colored pencils and supplies, I bet Maria can easily cozy up by the fireplace and be inspired.
I can’t get over how interesting this toy leather carriage is, probably made for a child. I love how it is displayed in the shadow box.
LIVING ROOM DETAILS
The kitchen was built in 1855 with the rest of the cottage but was then either removed or burned down at one point. Stephen added it back on to the house in 2000.
Harper, Maria’s American cat, doesn’t seem to mind currently having the house for himself, but was definitely up for some attention.
The bathroom has a wonderful combination of pink and green.
This delft tile pops off the wall with the contrasting background.
I wish I knew the story behind this postcard but whatever it is, I’m sure there are some great memories from summers spent on that lake.
The bedroom would have been a dream of mine to have as a child: low ceilings, fireplace, nooks by the window. Everything has been chosen so carefully but combined to make it very comfortable.
The horse carving, made out of holly wood, dates back to the mid-1800s. What a gem and framed so appropriately.
I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did. Stay tuned for another Ramsey family home tour. Thank you Stephen for being my friend and mentor and opening up your home for me to explore.
Images via Gypsy Girl Designs