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Schoenwald Cottage

A tailored 1820s cottage in Frohsdorf, Austria.

"If I ever live in a log cabin, this is precisely how I want to decorate it," says The Aesthete — anonymous author of the now-defunct Aesthete's Lament blog. Owned by Napoléon Bonaparte's youngest sister, Caroline Murat, this charming folly portrays "an 1820s romantic ideal of roughing it, with perfectly tailored log walls as the backdrop to tidy striped banquettes, hanging shelves displaying white china cups, and grisaille pictures of neoclassical buildings and landscapes," he says. "The centre table is smart and useful, broad enough for studying, dining, and more; plus it has storage in the base."

See the rest of the Aesthete's inspirations in our Historical Interior Design photo gallery.

  • Source: Watercolor by Francesco MacDonald, "The Schoenwald Cottage at Frohsdorf," 1823. Collection of Conte G. B. Spalletti-Trivelli. From An Illustrated History of Furnishing by Mario Praz (George Braziller, 1964).

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