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This cottage-style house in Mariette, Georgia, is more than 100 years old. But with all the original doors, windows, and wood siding, it hasn't lost any of its charm. When the owners decided it needed an update, they asked their parents to help. Together they found easy ways to improve the home without taking away its unique character or changing the square footage.
As a tribute to the past, a weathered shadow box hangs by the front door. Ribbon used as a hanger adds to the picture's rustic elegance. The shadow box is filled with photos and other memorabilia collected from the previous owner of the cottage -- a fitting piece of art in a house that appeals to generations past and future.
A wooden chandelier in the center of the cozy living room provides a strong focal point. This is an important element in a room, which previously lacked any distinctive architectural elements. Two tall mirrors propped on both sides of the window also add dimension. The dark brown walls equally show off antiques and new home store purchases.
In the backyard, a converted tool shed painted the same color as the house serves as a home office and guest quarters to supplement the small home.
The old tool shed in the backyard doubles as a guest room. Floral prints and warm colors give the detached room a homey feel.