Bungalow Cottage Home

Cottage Decorating At It's Most Unusual!

Cottage decorationg is not only fun, it's colorful and creative. That's why this cozy bungalow is full of brilliant ideas!

 The end table.
The end table. | Source

The Obsession With Cats

(Note: All original artwork copyright protected © by Kay Thomas).

All you cat lovers out there can relate to the total obsession that overtakes those who catch the 'cat bug'. But you haven't met my sister. An avid cat 'worshiper' and visual artist, she's given a new name to the term 'cat lover'. The rooms in her 1920s Bungalow style home are filled with feline works of art, specially made by my sister. Cat sculptures, lamps, pictures and figurines fill the quaint little home with kitty wonder.

The Cat-Themed Bedroom

Perhaps the most interesting room in the house is the bedroom. The theme of the room is, of course, cats. Lots of them. What sets the room off is the vibrant color of the walls: melon pink. The headboard to the bed resembles a wooden "cat fence". She constructed, designed and painted the headboard herself, as well as the matching end tables and cat lamps. Every time I look at the Headboard to the bed, I think of the old 1960s cartoon "Top Cat". It consists of 3 tabbies, a calico, & a cute white kitty. I'd like to see a picket fence like this in the front yard..

The leopard print pillows blend with the total cat theme of the room, creating a sense of wildness .With the matching comforter to set it off, these adorable little guys make this room a feline paradise.

The Headboard to the Bed

When I look at this, is see a cat fence!
When I look at this, is see a cat fence! | Source

The Cat Lamp.

Notice the glasses beside the lamp.
Notice the glasses beside the lamp. | Source

The Leopard Frame Mirror & Heirloom Wall Hanging!

The wall hanging with vintage brooches.
The wall hanging with vintage brooches. | Source

Purrrrrfect Balance!

The cat lamp at right is an extraordinary work of art, displaying a childlike quality to the room. His little feline head is cocked, ever so slightly, creating a subliminal sense of feline meekness. Topping his 'tail' is a traditional lamp shade.

In addition, below-right, she added leopard print to create a sense of "catdom" to the room. The mirror frame was hand made & painted with the leopard theme, as well as the matching wall hanging close by displaying various costume jewelry of vintage pins found at yard sales, estate sales, & handed down from family ancestors.

This was a great way to make family heirlooms blend into the total feline composition of the cottage. The room is cozy & unique.

The Cat Shrine

The bedroom wouldn't be complete without the "Cat Shrine" to Little Gray, the cat she owned for many years. The cat was 20 years old when she died & my sister wanted to memorialize her in a special way combining her unique style of art with a whimsical touch of exaggeration.

Note, there are pictures of little Snappy displayed on the table, but the origin of the art was in memory of Little Gray. Look at the detail in the shrine....BELOW.

The Can-Can Cats Perfom (below) upon entry into the Hallway. Aren't they the Cutest Things!

Another addition to the hallway to add some ZING!

I Must Mention the Other Rooms in the Cottage!!

Bright, cheery, retro....a combination of 1920s charm & more, the kitchen is a place that will take you back to a time when women wore pumps & aprons to cook the family meal. Remember the sunny, yellow kitchen of yesterday with the cute little chalk art decorating the wall?

How about vibrant, primary colors to delight the eyes while you sit in a cozy nook with the smell of bacon frying & coffee brewing? My sister has brought it all back to life with the choice of color in the kitchen/dining areas. The floors are red fleck vinyl tiles, the walls sunshiny yellow, decorated with happy fruit & vegetable faces smiling down at you. It's a delightful room, cozy & inviting.

See the features below...........

In the Kitchen, looking toward the Breakfast Nook.

Note the vitntage chalk art decorating the walls.
Note the vitntage chalk art decorating the walls.

Vintage Ads from the 1950s adorn the Breakfast Nook.

Other Features in the Kitchen: The stove & sink areas.

A Quick Glimpse at the Fireplace, adorned with cats in the Living Area.

The fireplace isn't usable at this point.
The fireplace isn't usable at this point.

The Exterior of the Home is Worth Mentioning, with much Curb Appeal.

My sister isn't finished with the outside of the house. It needs roof work, but she's made some major improvements with landscaping. She plans to remove the decorative iron postings to replace with traditional, bungalow style wooden supports cut like an upside down 'V' to create a more original look.

I've taken some shots (below) to show the welcoming exterior of the cottage to bring the whole narrative of the home into perspective. The open front porch is home to more than humans. Snappy dominates the area, often inviting his friend Buddy to join the feast, while my sister leaves ample amounts dry cat food for them both.

The Seating Area on the Front Porch

Welcome sitting area.
Welcome sitting area.

Cat Cottage Fancy...........

If you catch "cat cottage fever", now you've got something to compare to! I abslutely love the cottage look. What makes a home special is being able to blend what you love with tones that reflect your personality.

Of course, being a professional artist can give an individual the advantage in creativity. But what's important is blending parts of your life into your surroundings so you can feel a part of your home & others who come to visit will get a sense of who you are. I'd say my sister has certaily done that! Wouldn't you?

Note: All artwork displayed in this article is published by the permission of Kay Thomas, Artist.

© 2010 donotfear

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lorlie6 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I love the headboard/fence! I am a cat lover, but I think the most decorative cat-related item in my home is a shredded cat tree!

Thanks for the hub!


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

lorlie: You can always make the shredded cat tree into something!! You're welcome.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A lovely hub and I enjoyed reading it. Thank you.


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

hello hello: Thank you very much.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

donotfear, thanks for a peak into great creativeness of many abilities required to produce a theme that runs throughout the cottage. I have boxes of things that I could put up and create my theme here at my home. I intended to do it and it's still a possibility but I think that a "woman's touch" is what is often required. As a confirmed bachelor, I've got functionality in place and pretty well stopped there as spending time out doors is my main objective. After seeing this and it's lay out perhaps next summer when it is too hot to play outside, maybe I'll apply myself. Again thanks for a light hearted article and a peak inside, it's such a relief to the heavy themes of so many these days, Peace 50


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

50 Caliber: You're too cool. I hope it inspires you to create a whole new theme. I'll just bet you've got the whole outdoors theme going on now. Why not write a hub about your place?


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

I'd say she is into cats:) Cats are awesome! We have a really cool cat, yet don't have much in decorations? The cat house is sure a reflection of your sister's interest in cats:) Thanks for sharing, it is cute!


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Heart: Thanks!


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cheaptrick 5 years ago from the bridge of sighs

What dedication to Snappy!Cat owners are a devout lot.I have what has to be the biggest Siamese ever born,his name is Bosko and his temperament is Insanity Plus.Great hub DNF

BTW:haven't heard back from my friend at FSU yet,haven't forgotten but I don't want to get pushy with him.Hope things are going well.

Dean


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

Hey cheaptrick! I agree, cat lovers are a feline of a different breed. Why don't you write a hub about Bosko & post his pics?

P.S.Things are going very well, btw.


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joecseko 5 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

Hey, 50 Caliber. It's peek, not peak. Peek would be visual and peak the top or pinnacle.

Cheaptrick, I'm right here at FSU. What are you looking for?

One last thing- How is this a reference article and not recreational? Kinda looks like a storefront. Is that allowed???


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Loved all the pictures! That is why I love HGTV. So many different ways to decorate!My favorite picture is the cat headboard.


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donotfear 5 years ago from The Boondocks Author

bayoulady: Thank you so much! My sister is very talented.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I have two cats, and I totally understand the obsession. They are my babies!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

At Christmas, I used to love to give cat oriented gifts to the people on my list who owned cats - cat towels, cat plates, cat handbags, etc. Now that I have a wonderful, adorable, perfect cat, I hope they don't reciprocate. I don't want a lot of cat stuff around. But I do love the cat headboard as well as the cat shrine. They are totally cool.


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KristenGrace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

I love cats as well, recently bought a new kitten, but this tops anything I could ever imagine!! Loved looking at the pictures and reading through your hub :)


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Seakay 5 years ago from Florida

This is GREAT! This is the home I want. I have 3 felines and I do have a wall dedicated to them. However, I didn't want to overdue the cat-thing. Well, I now don't believe you CAN over-due it and it will be just fine! How EXCITING! Time to go back to the Cat Shop! LOL


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Loved the hub! It put a smile on my face. Who knew something like this existed. Thanks for sharing. Rated up and beautiful


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Awesomely funny! Thank you Ma'am!


ariasnote 5 years ago

I loved it all, being I have had numerous cats in my life over the years. I love kitty stuff. I collect 'Hello Kitty' but, I really like your sisters ideas. Especially, the Can Can Kitty's. : ) They were my favorite! Thanks for sharing this with us.


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susanlang 5 years ago

Hey my friend..this story is perrrrrfect! I luv, loved it, and such colorful pictures too. A fun read!


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EmpressFelicity 4 years ago from Kent, England, UK

Miaow! I adore the house, especially the cat shrine. I have about 80 cat figurines of various sizes dotted about the living room, including tiny ones arranged on an old printer's tray which I've nailed to the wall.

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