Kitchen Spotlight: Marjie’s Cottage and Elizabeth Goudge’s The Little White Horse

The tranquility and light of Marjie’s cottage in Evanston, Illinois, has us wishing for a cottage of our own, complete with mullion windows over the sink. See more of Marjie’s feminine, delicate kitchen and garden below, and, in honor of Food in Literature month here at The Kitchn, a quote from one of our favorite children’s books.

This cottage reminds us very much of the classic English cottages in Elizabeth Goudge’s The Little White Horse. This gentle, compelling fantasy won the Carnegie Medal in 1946, and it has a sweetness and dignity that we don’t often see in contemporary children’s fiction.

The young heroine, Maria, is visiting a new friend, a lmysterious woman named Loveday, in her snug cottage in the side of a hill:

The room was furnished with a settle and table and chairs, made of oak; but in addition there was a dresser against the south wall with pretty flowered china upon it and bright copper pots and pans. Pale-pink chintz patterned with roses of a deeper pink hung on the windows, and there were colourful rag rugs on the stone floor. There were pots of salmon-pink geraniums on the window-sills and on the table, adn bunches of herbs hung from the roof.

[Maria] admired Loveday’s taste in arrangement but not her passion for pink. …

‘There’s something about pink that makes even a cave look homelike’ said Loveday. ‘I love pink.’

• Flowers, repeated in the china pattern and in the photo.

• Art in the kitchen!

• Wooden bowl.

• We like that she finds room for her plants on the steps.

• Shells and pebbles.

• Front garden – pink again!

• See the whole house tour here: House Tour: Marjie’s Coastal Cottage at AT: Chicago

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