Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A "shotgun" cottage in New Orleans...

This is the first time I've ever heard the term "shotgun" cottage and I was instantly intrigued. It is a style of home that originated in Africa and is found in Southern cities, and this one in particular is in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Apparently the name of the house comes from the saying that one could fire a shotgun through the front door and the pellets would fly cleanly through the house and out the back door. All of the rooms in the house are lined up one after the other with no hallways. Hearing that this type of home even existed was news to my ears.

This little "shotgun" house made me fall head over heels. The decor is done with impeccable taste and I don't think there is a room that I didn't admire.

See for yourself...

The color scheme of the exterior made my heart melt.
The shutters are divine.

The parlor bookcases and sitting areas. Even the word parlor takes my breath away.

Bath one. That mirror is exquisite! And that faucet?...forgeddaboudit! Haha!

You know the kitchen couldn't be bad.

A little office nook I even need to talk about the level of genius this is? The door? The chalkboard?
I'm speechless.

The back porch. I envision myself drinking some sweet tea right here...

The master bedroom and sitting area. Can we discuss that mantle?
As I wipe the saliva from my chin...I know gross...but funny!

Guest bath

A room fit for a princess.

And last but certainly not least...the courtyard.

Be still my heart.

These photos are courtesy of


  1. Thank you for sharing this Natalie, I had never heard of a shot gun house either, but this one is decorated to perfection, how dreamy.

  2. I have seen this little house a few times, and I agree impeccable taste. So cute. I would love this house on a beach in florida!

  3. Wow I love this! These are kind of like the houses where I live, it's very Charleston SC like. I love the shutters! And the color of the house! It's perfect-

    And you have such an adorable blog ♥

  4. That is it I HAVE to HAVE that back porch. I see card tournaments & ice cold fresh squeezed lemonade.

    I want it now.

  5. I've always loved these homes. Simplicity can be so grand! Beautiful justice in your post :)

  6. Well now. I've never heard that expression before now either. I love these pictures you've shown and have actually seen these types of homes on HGTV for some show or another.

    I wonder if Carnie folk own these?

    I'm horrible!!


  7. Hi natalie, Jami at Freckled Laundry gave us both the lovely blog award! I am following you now as you DO have an inspiring blog. Please visit me I would love to have you!

  8. Oh wow, that house is really beautiful! I agree, I love that chalkboard wall and door, too cool! Your site is beautiful!

  9. Hello, thank you for your lovely comment. I love the shotgun house in your post, I remember reading about it and yes, beautiful. I learned a little about you and I would love to come back and read more. I have to see what your inner designer has been doing.

  10. Thanks for sharing this adorable house. Love it & your blog!

    Warmly, Michelle

  11. Wow...I love it...Ii want to have it, or at least stay in it. What a lovely place. I'm with you. I found you by way of Reeni over at Cinnamon Spice...I really enjoy your site.


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