THE most magical things in life are the ones that spring up where you least expect them. I found this tiny little cottage truely inspirational. It is an example of what can be made with car boot finds, scraps of wood and paint. I love the style and feel of this place and more importantly the spirit in which it was made.
As its creator so beautifully says "It was everything I had dreamed of, in every novel I had read, every song I had heard."
Sandra Foster turned a Catskills hunting cabin into the romantic Victorian cottage she had always wanted, using vintage columns, flooring and wavy glass windows, and doing the carpentry herself. The shabby-chic retreat doesn't have a bathroom or a kitchen, but it is a dream of Victoriana: stacks of Limoges china with tiny rosebud patterns; chandeliers dripping crystal; billows of tissue-paper garlands.
A stream runs between Ms. Foster's cottage and the trailer that she and her husband, Todd, live in. Furnishings must be lightweight enough to carry across.
The sleeping loft is accessible only by ladder — which has kept Ms. Foster's husband, Todd, who has back troubles, from joining her there.
The porch: a triumph of salvage. The vintage door has its original paint, plus gingerbread trim. Ms. Foster made the window box from salvaged wood, then glued on garlands from doityourselfchic.com. The step (also a tool drawer) is topped with wood from a bench pulled from the creek. Flooring was salvaged from partly rotting boards in a previous house. The chair: $5 at a flea market.