Mayflower Cottage: White, White, White
Just over a year ago, my family set out to purchase a vacation home. Finally, after an extensive tour around the small towns and ports of Newfoundland, we found the perfect fix'er upper in Renews. Our “cabin”, as we call it, is located in Renews, Newfoundland, a small fishing town on the Southern Shore. There are so many cool things to do in the area. You can check one of the most popular things to do near by out in the Ferryland Picnic post. Renews was founded in 1600, and according to local legend the Mayflower landed there for supplies in 1620 on it’s journey; hence the name Mayflower Cottage.
This new vacation home was a design dream, a blank canvas! However, since the previous owners were smokers we had to tear out everything and start completely from scratch. We hired a carpenter to do the major work to the kitchen and the bathroom but the rest was done by us. I have now learned a ton about reno-ing and DIY projects, so I’ll be sharing some tips on here.
We tried to keep the décor breezy and clean and made the entire main floor monochromatic white. The kitchen, which was originally enclosed, was opened up to make a continuous flow into the main living area. All bedrooms are a clean white with a pop of color – see Red Room post.
Almost all of the furniture in the house was used before and transformed to fit the spaces. Unfortunately, Newfoundland doesn’t have many options when it comes to sourcing design features and furniture, so you have to learn to be creative. Especially when you’re working on a tight budget! You can check out some DIYs on the Red room post.
We are still chipping away at the work on our Mayflower so keep an eye for coming posts feature how-to's and our favourite buys.