Monday, July 06, 2009

Cottage Charm









Priced out of the New York City real estate market (they currently rent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), Christina Salway and John Moskowitz instead invested in a charming though dilapidated little two-bedroom one-bath 1920s cottage in Sparrow Bush, N.Y. for their first home purchase, which they bought for $90,000. With a budget of $10,000, they did all of the necessary reconstruction themselves, except the re-roofing, which was done by a contractor. An equally tight decorating budget (they spent $2,352 in total) was stretched creatively, with purchases made through Craigslist, thrift shops and yard sales, donations from family and friends and finding things on the street — they became adept at discovering treasures in recycling bins and Dumpsters. Some of their cleverly repurposed finds include the kitchen's retro appliances (the vintage stove was bought on Craigslist), while the two stools, wood workbench and old wood locker were found on the street. The mismatched dining room chairs were also found on the street and simply given a fresh coat of white paint. Artwork in the hallway was bought on Craigslist, yard sales and thrift shops, while old valises were stacked to make a hallway table. All this was done on a schedule, too as the couple had a firm deadline to finish the work: May 23, their wedding day, which they eventually hosted at their cottage, with a large tent to accommodate their 150 guests. See more photos and read the New York Times article on their cottage here.

(photography by Phil Mansfield for the New York Times)

7 comments :

Danielle said...

Thanks so much for sharing this one- it's so inspiring for a girl in the big city to think she can a afford a cute little house like this someday :D

orange sugar home said...

gorgeous!! can't believe they got it for $90,000!! I know there was a ton of work but who wouldn't want a home in sparrow bush?? sweet name.

playingelegant said...

love the light turquoise with pops of red, they did such a wonderful job decorating. so charming!

Amy said...

Gorgeous home - what a deal!

Newburgh Restoration said...

I love the old stove! I want one for my house

Jane Flanagan said...

I adore the staircase especially!

automatism said...

Isn't this inspiring? I totally admire these two and their lovely little home!

:-)

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