Thursday, May 19, 2011

the little loft


 On a sunny afternoon,
there's no place she'd rather be... 
Up the ladder and into...
The loft, kicked back with a favorite book.

I thought you might like a peek into the upstairs of the little house. We built the house a few years ago from scratch with the help of a friend. I drew the design on a piece of paper.

Its exterior is clad in white stained cedar, and the interior consists of individual slats of beadboard painted a high gloss white. The front door is an old exterior door from the main house cut down to size. The screen door was custom built, as the doorway is just shy of five feet tall. 

The windows are fully functional, and thankfully have screens. Bees aren't particularly welcome in the little house. Outside, yes. Inside, no. The shutters are handmade from cedar. The window box is green enameled metal from Martha Stewart's defunct Martha by Mail Catalog
Our four girls have spent hours out here in the summer doing crafts, reading, and playing make-believe.

 The garden has a way to go yet, it's been so cold this spring.
It's hard to be patient, isn't it?

View more pictures, here.

59 comments:

Grammy Goodwill said...

I love it!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I saw the house on her feature. It's so charming. Can us big girls play in it too? I love it and your blog is charming. :) xo Lynn @thevintagenest

GardenofDaisies said...

The whole place is C.U.T.E.!!!! And I love Pippi too!!

La Borda Bleu said...

how adorable!! xoox's nancy

Kim K. said...

I'm almost afraid to show this post to Chris. He was outside until 10pm last night working on our loft and he's back at it again (skipping dinner). Your little house is just so dreamy. I hope we can come close with our treehouse.

Tereza said...

wow what a treat your girls have! again it is so beautiful!!

Cozy Little House said...

You could have had a career as an architect! This is a delightful little house! (Love the checked pillows too.)
Brenda

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

An adorable lost AND Pippi Longstocking . . . what else could a girl want?

Fondly,
Glenda

Elyse said...

sigh ...

i so have a crush on this little house.

xo
elyse

Elyse said...

ps

i just noticed the braided rug! i think it's the one i have in the girlie office. is it from l.l. bean?

still have a crush ..

kirsty@shoproomstudio said...

gosh it's the most gorgeous little house, i could just about live in there!

x

My Vintage Mending said...

Molly
What sweet memories the girls will have...what a gift you have given them beyond material...
Smiles...Renee

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

My Goodness! I cannot get enough of your playhouse. What a dream house for little girls. When I was little my Grandma had a little, little playhouse in her back yard. Just one little room that felt like the best spot in the whole world. My cousins and I spent hours in the boiling heat in that little house. Amazing memories!!! One thing that she made SURE was in that little house was a picture of Jesus. :)It makes my heart hurt thinking about it. We LOVED our Gram.

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I just need to ask you one thing after reading this darling post!

here goes.....

WILL YOU BE MY MOMMY?

that is the most precious place...I surely would not want to come into the 'real' house unless dinner was ready!

ciao bella


CREATIVE CARMELINA

Naturally Carol said...

It is no wonder that the girls just love being and playing in that little house! Georgeous!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Woo hoo, sweet Molly, I think it would be my favorite spot too, each and every day! The colors inside and outside are so so gorgeous. i love the size, the front door, the stairs inside, everything about this cutest little house is just perfect!
Have a wonderful happy merry Friday my friend o xx o

It's me said...

So sweet !!...happy weekend...xxx...

casapinka said...

Wow! there's no place that I'D rather be! Splendid.

Dana said...

Hello Molly,
oh it is like me, when I was a child. I loved my books and the storys! Today I still have my old books.
xoxo dana

Nattie said...

That is sooo special, just sooo cute, think of all the memories being made...
Nattie x

Mary Jane's Tearoom said...

This is so pretty Molly...your girls must have such a wonderful time here...they will have very special memories in the years to come..and so special too building it from your own design....x
Susan x

Melissa said...

i have looked lovingly and longingly at this little house on your blog...always wondering what it looked like inside...

so...now i've seen it...i'm putting on my white plimsolls, grabbing little miss.6 {audrey} from school and we are coming over to move in...your gals would love her!

what can i say- you inspire me as always...x
perfect *friday pretties*...

melissa xx

Sewn With Grace said...

Swooning on my end... :)

koralee said...

I want to be in the loft!!! ADORABLE!!!!! happy weekend my friend. xoxo

Debra@Common Ground said...

Every little girl needs one of these. Just darling! Thanks so much for linking up with VIF! xoxo Debra

Bringing Pretty Back said...

It is wrong of me to be jealous of a little girls playhouse? Because I am!
I can't tell you how much I love this little house!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Christie said...

You know you are my new favorite blog! I love to come over here and see all the bright colors! I have worked on my shed and my kids' tree house for months and the goal is to make it brighter! I think in my attempt, however, (with dark wood) I am making it cluttered! Thought of you when I did a brief post on my shed to enter Centsational Girl's Outdoor party! 'A Cath Kidston' inspired shed! Now. I only have a few of her bags, but the bright colors inspired me to make it more floral and bright! Just love, love, love your girls place to dream and be a kid...away from all the technology of blinking things of this world! Have a great day! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

fee @ chipper nelly said...

makes my heart ache!
(i just can't muster the same excitement for a my boys dirty smelly treehouse!)
fee x

Vintage Home said...

Love those fabrics!

happy momma said...

Just lovely. Any little girl would love such a place to play and dream. God Bless.

paperbird said...

what beautiful memories will be made there!

Martina said...

Ooooh, i love your little house! So perfect for alittle and big girls. And so your style! Hope you will have a relaxing weekend - with more time to read up there!

Kat said...

Wow. Just. WOW! It's perfect in every way! Love it! What a magical place!

JENNY K. said...

That is spectacular! I would love a little house like that for myself. :~) Wouldn't it make a great studio! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment about the covers and becoming a follower. You're blog is lovely as well! Great stuff!

Pinecone said...

I love it so much, and can completely see how your girls would spend hours and hours in it. Just seeing that Pippi book reminds me of all the Pippi books I read and my girls too. What a perfect place to read about her when you are in your own little house - just like Pippi (well except Pippi had a horse in hers ;)
Have a great weekend!
xo
Ashlyn

once in a blue moon said...

adorable!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love this little house~its just so sweet! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

Kat from California said...

I always wanted to have something like this for my daughter. A play house for when she was younger and then a quiet retreat when she was older. I never got one made but I still love to look at them. Thanks for sharing your little house. Katharine

Kara said...

This is so fabulous I don't even know what to say. I love everything about it.

Lorna said...

my husband has been building one for our kids too but it still needs windows and a door before I can paint it - he is so busy it is taking ages but seeing these pictures just shows the potential - I must start nagging again!!
it really is beautiful

Mogi`s Cottage said...

Wow, the little loft is so nice. Can I move in? ha,ha,ha
Beautiful idea!
Have a nice weekend. Tina from Mogi`s Cottage

Emily S said...

Oh my goodness! Absolutely wonderful.

Emily
Deviantly Domesticated Team
http://stephaniehillberry.com

blessedmom's simple home said...

Like so many others...Oh my goodness, what loveliness!! And you have "Pippi" too :-)
Beautiful my friend!
Blessings,
Marcia

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness how adorable!! How talented you are to have drawn this out yourself!! So glad that I found your blog!!

Cheyenne said...

Oh my! This is absolutely a feast for the eyes. I love it. I'm stockpiling these images away in mind for a rainy day. Your children are so blessed to have you for a Mom!

Pinecone Camp said...

I'd hang out there all day long too! I love that particular Pippi Longstocking book too. One of my faves (still!).
Have a lovely Sunday!

Carmel's Closet said...

What a deliciously special space to curl up with a book in. I would love to curl up there too.
Carmel

Mascara meets Matchbox said...

My goodness you have a beautiful blog and beautiful taste! I just browsed thru and found that I MUST follow you. Thanks for being inspiring!!!! And what lucky girls you have!

♥Ingrid♥ said...

I am totaly In love with your little princess cottage.....have a beautiful new week....greetings from Belgium

Megan said...

It's beautiful!

Bec@littlelucylu said...

Oh goodness. I WANT THAT!!!
I love your blog!
Saw your feature on Centsational Girl ... my turquoise garden beds were featured there, too - but they don't compare to THIS!!!
WOWza!
~Bec :-)
www.littlelucylu.com

Gloria said...

You are so talented Molly! I am amazed you drew up the plans for this sweet little house. How wonderful that your daughters have had this magical place to play in!!

I love it....adorable!!!

I hope you are having a lovely week, sweet friend!

xoxo...Gloria

Deborah said...

How magical and sweet. Many wonderful memories in the making, I'm sure.

Quick question... I popped over to the other pictures and wondered if you would point me to where you found the four seasons prints. So adorable. Thank you!

danemi1 said...

Hope you dont mind hun - I have linked from my blog to this thread - have written up a bit on shed envy and your shed happens to be my most favourite one - thanks

ELaine aka danemi1

Glen said...

Ohhh...this is soo beautiful. This is my first visit to your blog through another blogger's link and I am in love with that little house! Dreamy. TFS. ~Glen~

Mom of 5 said...

Wonderful Loft! I love making nooks for my children to read and play in. They are so charming :)

Sandy said...

I know this is a late comment, hopefully you will see it...can I ask where you got that wonderful rug????? Was it Pottery Barn for Kids? Sandy

Atap fiberglass said...

simple a home. i love it. nice place for children yeah

Anonymous said...

What are the dimensions of your playhouse? Yours is such an inspiration!