How to restore a fairytale cottage (right out of Lord of the Rings!)!

In a mystical realm called Wisconsin 😉 stands @elvencottage, a c. 1926 cottage straight from your favorite childhood fairy tale (or adulthood fantasy novel).

It’s been nearly a year since West and Alexis purchased this fantastical old house (their old house-iversary is coming in December!) and in that time they’ve painstakingly and carefully restored windows one by one … and that’s just the beginning. The vaulted Great Room of Elven Cottage is anchored by a soaring chimney; West’s plans for the Game Room/Library, with a bookshelf to climb up and over the door, are wonderfully fun; the Guest Room, destined for exposed beams in the style of coffee shops West and Alexis experience in York, England, is sure to be warm and welcoming.

Indeed, they’re well on their way to achieving their goal: “a fairytale cottage where a couple of elves would live in the forest.” KEEP GOING! YES! This tour of @elvencottage has been so magical and inspiring — thank you, West!

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