A Storybook Tudor Cottage

I was so happy to see my friend Marsha Mason recently featured in Victoria magazine where she is sharing five design secrets for creating a gracious home.  Marsha and I met several years ago thanks to Instagram, and I immediately fell in love with her traditional and formal, yet warm and cozy Southern style.  Marsha lives in the most charming 1927 Tudor cottage in Columbus, Georgia where she receives frequent visits from her precious grandchildren.

It is hard to imagine, but this storybook cottage was not always so charming. “When we bought the house it was an absolute dog. It was in terrible shape and was ugly beyond belief,” Marsha told me. In the process of bringing the property back to life, she also discovered a new career in design as the dramatic transformation drew attention from others seeking input on their renovations.  Let’s take a tour with images are from Victoria magazine and Eliza Morrill Photography, as credited below.

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Photography by John O’Hagan as seen in the July/August 2018 issue of Victoria magazine.
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Photography by John O’Hagan as seen in the July/August 2018 issue of Victoria magazine.
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Photography by John O’Hagan as seen in the July/August 2018 issue of Victoria magazine.
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Photography by John O’Hagan as seen in the July/August 2018 issue of Victoria magazine.
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Photography by John O’Hagan as seen in the July/August 2018 issue of Victoria magazine.
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Photography by John O’Hagan as seen in the July/August 2018 issue of Victoria magazine.
Eliza Morrill Photography via The Glam Pad
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Eliza Morrill Photography via The Glam Pad
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Eliza Morrill Photography via The Glam Pad
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Eliza Morrill Photography via The Glam Pad
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Eliza Morrill Photography via The Glam Pad
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Eliza Morrill Photography via The Glam Pad Marsha personally designs these beautiful lamps using antique Staffordshire figurines and custom lampshades

This home is enchanting, and I could not love it more! To learn Marsha’s Five Design Secrets for Creating a Gracious Home, please visit Victoria magazine. You may also enjoy reading my Q&A with Marsha from 2016. And for ongoing inspiration and additional information about Marsha’s design work, please follow her on Instagram.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Andrea! You gave my tiny cottage such wonderful coverage a few years ago and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your generosity! To see it again here is such a treat!???

  2. I remember this home so well. It’s lovely – she definitely has the magic touch. Loaded with charm. It would be fun to see the “before” pictures, to fully appreciate the transformation.

  3. Through Instagram I have added a few homes to my list of all time favorites and Marsha’s is one of them. I adore everything about it. But the best part is that even though it’s elegant and refined, it’s still cozy and livable. There was a picture not too long ago on Marsha’s or maybe her daughter, Eliza’s Instagram with Legos and plastic toys amidst the Herend!! That reminded me so much of my own sweet mother and it’s the best way to live.

  4. What an absolutely charming house! And filled with so many very lovely things. Warm and very welcoming. What a treat to see!

  5. I also follow her on Instagram and couldn’t wait to get my hand on the magazine. Beautiful home and as usual a great piece by you!

  6. One of my favorite houses ever!!! Thank you for showcasing this gem, it makes me want to run out and purchase more Dog paintings, hang more transferware on the walls and add one more print to my already overly printed decorating…Color, chintz and collections, nothing better….

  7. My cottage needs to step up a notch . What great place and I loved all her fabric choices, and her blue and white plate displays. I grade this an A.

  8. Andrea and Marsha, “Thank you” for sharing this incredibly well appointed Tudor Cottage. It’s absolutely lovely and the tromp l’oeil windows are the most delightful ever!

  9. Growing up in the south, first in Albany, GA, we would have called Marsha’s home a “real doll’s house” LOL!
    One would wonder, as an impressionable child, if real dolls actually did live there!

    Fond memories of growing up in Albany include the charming older neighborhood we lived in, our street was “Peachtree Terrace” and there were some old houses done by the famous architect, Edward Vason Jones. Also HUGE azaleas, camellias, and vast orchards of gorgeous old pecan trees- not to mention the giant grasshoppers I loved playing with! Magnolias and big pine trees- sunny and warm and peaceful. We would go to Radium Springs in the summer to swim.

  10. The entire home is to die for!!! If I could pick up the living room and drop it in my home, I would do it. I love everything about the it.

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