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a tiny Victorian cottage: tea and biscuits

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Located in the beautiful Catskills, this tiny Victorian cottage belongs to Sandra Foster. With no bathroom nor kitchen, this small country retreat is oozing with shabby chic style and glamor, featuring romantic white interiors, gorgeous gingerbread trims, stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns, chandeliers dripping crystal and billows of tissue-paper garlands – the perfect place for tea and biscuits.

What used to be an old 9-by-14-foot hunting cabin has been renovated by Foster herself, and transformed into a magical place for only $3,000. Wow!

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“Armed with a crowbar, hammer and electrical saw, she removed the front of the cabin and extended the floor and porch, using salvaged floorboards. She framed out the porch and found columns, a screen door and hardware at New York Salvage, in nearby Oneonta.

Armed with her saw, Ms. Foster cut out spaces for windows, which she bought for $30 each at Historic Albany Foundation’s Architectural Parts Warehouse. She found a tin ceiling on Craigslist for $200, and a wooden mantelpiece at the Linger Corner Gift Company antiques store in High Falls for about $350. Many of the faded white book jackets came from Beth Neumann, at TatteredVintage.”

Before { well, actually, during renovation } …

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and after…

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As you’ve already guessed this is no man cave but a delicate getaway studio and ‘a dream come true’ for a very special woman.

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* More info at NYTimes

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