Jennifer and Dave Dawson, along with sons James and Jack, moved into this circa-1800s farmhouse on 50 acres in Cashiers, North Carolina.

At 1200 square feet, the house was small for a family of four, with only one full bathroom and a powder room. But they vowed to make the most of every square foot.

In the living room, they chose leggy armchairs that are less cluttered than skirted options.

They also skipped heavy draperies that would have obstructed their view of the outdoors.

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A built-in console in the living room stores firewood while also providing room to showcase favorite flea market finds.

The wallpaper echoes the calming effect of the garden outdoors and adds interest to the tiny room under the eaves.

The small 8 by 12 galley kitchen works harder than you would think. A hand-painted Portuguese tile backsplash serves as a focal point.

A space-saving tulip table with armless midcentury chairs makes the most of the small dining nook.

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They chose a dark and moody color scheme for the library.

The furniture is a varied mix. The leather sofa is Brazilian, the caned wood chair came from Japan, and the rug is 1930s Moroccan.

They decorated the bedroom in neutrals and wood. The white walls and bed covering make the room feel larger than it actually is.

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The main bathroom lacks space, but the charm of the wood-planked walls and ceiling, porcelain sink, and worn vintage mirror make up for it.

James and Jack’s upstairs bedroom is complete with wool camp blankets and a midcentury console that serves as a dresser.

A small shed, surrounded by landscaping, provides extra storage and expands usable real estate on their property.

{Photos & details via Country Living’s website}

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  1. What a charming house! It looks so inviting and comfortable and warm. Love their choice of rugs in the house. And that library looks like a room I could just curl up in. And read a good book, of course.

  2. Adorable home 🏡 💖
    Suitable for anyone. Especially true for ppl wanting to unload years of “things” ,,,,,, what I desperately need to do. Trying my best. We never buy useless items any longer. For more than several years now. Done with that nonsense.
    The internet begs for ppl to spend, spend spend $$$$. Crazy.
    Enjoy the weekend y’all 😃

  3. I love this house! The botanical wallpaper in the little bathroom is perfect. All the furnishings work beautifully together and it is such a pleasure to see that lovely bookcase full of books! Thanks for the peek.

  4. I love this little house! This is how I see myself living someday when it’s just me and no animals. I’m getting tired of trying to keep this big house (4 bedrooms, 2 living areas, and 5 acres) clean and mown all the time. I wanna read books, I wanna watch movies, I wanna bake cookies for my friends, I wanna go out to lunch! But I consider myself blessed to have the life I have. Maybe a housekeeper is in this old girl’s future haha.

  5. I enjoyed seeing this house. Love how the kitchen has the two antique rugs, and also in the boy’s bedroom and in the library. The shed makes it “perfect”. Small, but it certainly works. Thanks for sharing with us, Brenda. Hugs from WI

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