Gallery Wall | Ashlea Kooman
Welcome to Our Home!

I am so glad you are stopping in to our house tour. We live in a 1940’s farmhouse with a new 1100 sf addition the we have DIY built from top to bottom. We still have a few things to finish. {ahem} The farmhouse was moved to a lake before we bought it, and became a cottage. We have affectionately dubbed our home The Kootage.

My style is a blend of farmhouse, cottage and coastal. {I think} Truth be told I am still figuring out just what I like. One thing I know I do love is planked walls, ceilings, and white. Ok, that’s three things.

On this page you will find plenty of before and afters and everything in between! Toward the end of this post you will find full photo galleries of every room in the house, including before and afters.

I love to paint, build and thrift. Our home isn’t perfect, but it’s ours and we love it. Every home has a story. I hope you find inspiration through our home, projects and a desire to find beauty in the unexpected places: in the perfectly executed paint color and the scuffed floors. In the grubby kid printed walls, and perfectly fluffed pillows.

I truly enjoy pouring my creativity into our home. It is an outlet for me to create a beautiful space for our family to enjoy. In saying that, many days there are piles of laundry on the couch, lego to step on, a dropzone for a room, and paint cans cluttering the floor. But today, this is a place for the pretty pictures!

To read more about our house journey click here.

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Our Fall Living RoomBlue Tufted Wingback Chairs, Coastal Living Room | This Mamas Dance-9

Blue Tufted Wingback Chairs, Coastal Living Room | This Mamas Dance-8nautical rope chandelier

The Piano Wall

gallery wall and antique morris piano

The Beverage Bar

White Upper Cabinets, Dark Wood Lower Cabinets|This Mamas Dance-6White Upper Cabinets, Dark Wood Lower Cabinets|This Mamas Dance-3

Our Cottage Style Bathroom

Our Kitchen

Garden Bouquet, Lilacs| Mamas Dance-2

Farmhouse Kitchen, Mint Upper Cabinets, Wood lowers | Mamas Dance-6

Stainless Steel Sink | Mamas Dance-2

Farmhouse Kitchen, $20 Kitchen Makeover | Mamas Dance

Our Bedroom

Side Table VignetteFarmhouse BedroomTicking Pillow with White

More of Our Bedroom

Installing and Finishing the Antique “Barn Door”

Button Tufting, white and navy striped chair-3

Our Mudroom Progress

White and Black Small Mudroom with Built Ins | This Mamas Dance-16

White and Black Small Mudroom with Built Ins | This Mamas Dance-4

The Dining Room

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Open Shelves in the Kitchen

Open shelves in a white kitchen-5

Our Boys Room

Cottage Kids Room |This Mamas Dance-2

cottage kids room |This Mamas Dance-3

kids reading corner |This Mamas Dance-1

vertical book rack |This Mamas Dance-1lockers |This Mamas Dance-1

Our Daughter’s Room

mint dresser, vintage quilt | This Mamas Dance-2

mint dresser, vintage quilt | This Mamas Dance-1pink scallop border

The Pallet Wall

palette wall

Exterior and Garden

Our Side Entry

Autumn Entry-5

Our Deck

lakehouse deck

Our Siding and Exterior

blue, natura cedar, white trim

The Garden

raised planter box progress

Click here for all posts related to our Current House! Keep Scrolling down to see full tours of all the rooms so far. Click on the thumbnail to view the full sized gallery of each space.

poppy_instagramAre you on instagram  ? Follow our house journey at #kootage

Our Christmas Room Tour 2015

The Living Room

The Beverage Bar

The Family Bath

The Kitchen

The Dining Room

The Staircase

The Boys’ Room

Our Daughter’s Room

The Exterior {The Addition}

Master Bedroom

The Garden


Original House The Day We moved In


Our Cottage

  • Our Living Room here and here
  • Cottage inspired family bath: here and here
  • Boys Bath: here
  • Our Cedar Shingle Siding here and here
  • Photos of the original cottage here
  • Renovation madness here
  • All of The Cottage posts HERE

Floor Plan

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Our current paint colors

  • Living Room: BM Grey Owl, lightened by 50%
  • Master Bedroom: BM Simply White
  • Exterior: Behr Arrowhead lake (color matched in Arbourcoat)
  • Family Bathroom: BM Ocean Air


5 thoughts on “Our Cottage”

  1. Wow! A 1940s farmhouse moved to a lake?!? So amazing! Your home is really beautiful – I love how you’ve added to all the charming character of the original home. A gorgeous mix!

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