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Farmhouse Cottage Living Room

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Hello friends! Today I’m sharing another room in our tiny farmhouse cottage, the living room. Our challenge this month for Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart is all about family. It’s a perfect time to share Mama’s living area. When we bought this property we knew that we wanted to create a guest cottage in one of the two car garages. It’s been such a blessing to be able to move Mama next door. The space is small but it has everything she needs and most of what the wants. I am adding links below the photos for items used in the living room. (Just click on them.)

Converted garage is now a tiny house farmhouse cottage

Seating and storage perfect for putting your feet up

The living room is wide open to the kitchen, we used as few walls as possible in this remodel. This space started out looking like this:

Before and After of the Farmhouse Cottage Mama is tiny living

Before she moved in, I told her that she only needed to bring three things, her sofa, bed and lift chair. I wanted to have some fun decorating and repurposing items for the space. Of course she brought a few more things and that’s perfectly ok.

Here’s a glimpse of her sweet puppy Rowdy. He’s too busy to sit still for photos!

Living room at the Farmhouse Cottage at Refresh Restyle


Farmhouse Cottage Plans

The cottage is around 500 square feet, small right?! It has a full kitchen, laundry, bath with a large shower, closet and a bedroom. We put a lot of thought in to the space planning, we wanted to make sure there was room for all the necessities. (You may notice in the plans, I switched the sofa and chair – but there’s room to place it either way, I made sure of that!)

Here’s how I made her small space feel cozy and not cramped.

  • multipurpose furniture – tufted bench with hinged lid for storage, coffee table and extra seating
  • added neutral pillows with texture for interest
  • candle holder that doubles as a flower vase
  • trays for a solid surface 
  • floor lamp lighting  – more space on side tables
  • keep things light and bright  – by painting all the walls, ceiling and cabinets the same color

Think double-duty when downsizing, you want cozy not cluttered.

Roses in a rope handles chicken wire candle holder

Fresh flowers look great in this farmhouse style candle holder. When the flowers fade, just add a candle. A tray on the bench adds a solid surface for placing your decor or drinks and it make it easy to remove everything when you need to open the bench.

Small cottage living at the Alabama Farmhouse

Storage Bench/Rossette Pillow/Embroidered Medallion Decorative Pillow

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When storage is needed this bench is perfect for small house living

Small space living takes advantage of storage bench for living room ottoman

Warm grays and simple decor for a small living room

The storage bench holds games and extra throws. It’s also a great place to store bedding for those times when someone spends the night and sleeps on the sofa.

Extra storage for small space living with this bench ottoman

To freshen up the look of her sofa, we added a few pillows. Keeping the tone neutral but adding texture with the rosettes and embroidered pillows.

Mix of pillows add texture and color to any space

More beautiful Better Homes and Gardens Pillows

We placed her lift chair on the other side of the room beside it is a small bench that I repurposed a few years ago. Perfect for placing the remote control or whatever she’s reading.

Mama lives in our latest remodeled garage now it is a farmhouse cottage

She grows beautiful orchids and I’m so sad they’re not blooming right now. You would love them. There’s a small round table near the window and a three light floor lamp, perfect for directing light where she needs it.

Farmhouse Cottage reading corner

Better Homes and Gardens Acrylic Woven Fringe Throw/Better Homes and Gardens Bronze Track Tree Light

Red barn and cotton field oil paintingBetter Homes and Gardens Two Opening Photo Frames

Mama is very talented, she painted the barn oil several years ago and the mountain brook painting, perfect art for the little farmhouse cottage. In fact we still need to hang several of her pieces of art. The barn wood look of the double photo frames look great on the wall beside the painting.

There’s always a throw near by. She had open heart surgery last year and she’s on a blood thinner, she stays cold even when it’s hot outside.

Living room and kitchen in the tiny farmhouse cottage

Blush colored roses are perfect for any vase

Thanks so much for stopping by! She is loving her new home, it’s small but mighty!

Farmhouse cottage living room at Refresh Restyle

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See the more of the garage makeover here:

Before and Plans for Farmhouse Cottage

Finished Farmhouse Cottage Kitchen



  1. What a lovely makeover for your Mom. I hope I grow up to be just like her (almost 66 now); I’ve already warned my daughter! I wanted my Mom (iwth dementia) to move in with us (and probably would have needed a placement eventually, but fortunately God had other plans; she stroked out at 93 while trimming the forsythia bush in her front yard! I’ll need more space for my hobbies, though!

  2. I don’t know who’s luckier to have whom, you or your mama! 🙂 I love the farmhouse cottage living room. You’ve done such a great job making it a home for your sweet lady. Love the painting she did!


  3. Would love to see pictures of the entire place. Thanks1

  4. Love it! Great job! Can’t wait to see the bedroom/bathroom.

  5. What an inviting, beautiful space for your Mom! I know she must be thrilled with it. Love that vase/candle holder! XO

  6. Lawana S Pennington

    Debbie, need to know where you got the curtains for the windows. We are redoing the house — wish you were here!

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