Friday, April 20, 2012

Two Small Cottages - One Marriage

Trevor Tondro Photos for the New York Times

I just had to share the article 'With This Cottage' from the New York Times.  These are 'his and hers' bungalows  for a married couple.  The husband, Robert Pardo, bought these two houses so that his now wife, Laura Ann Jacobs, would agree to marry him.  Ms. Jacobs originally declined Mr. Pardo's proposal, but could imagine being married if they had two houses, one each.  So Mr. Pardo bought the pair of houses from the bank for $62,520 in January of 2011 and restored them.  Mr. Pardo and Ms. Jacobs are now married, living at the same address, but in two houses.  His is 'pink' and hers is 'blue'.  Take a look at these fabulous little bungalows!  All photos are by Trevor Tondro for the New York Times.


I'm not crazy about the fake purple fur throw in the bedroom.  But separate small houses are certainly one way to solve design differences.

And before I go, a quick 'fun fact' about 'his and hers' houses.  After getting married in 1929, Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera, known for their art and famously volatile love affair, built these side-by-side block houses in Mexico, linked by a rooftop bridge.  'Red' for him, 'blue' for her.
Unfortunately, they were both notoriously unfaithful to each other. 

Happy Weekend!



Protector of Vintage said...

Such charming cottages!!

laney said...

...oh! i love them both...and oh! how much he must love her...blessings...laney

Anne said...

I swear, if I ever get married again, this is going to be the route I take!! What a fantastic idea!!!! Love those cottages.


Genevieve Ferraro said...

Hi Dear Laney, Love your comment. You are so right. He must adore her.

Genevieve Ferraro said...

Hi Anne, I so agree with you! If we had money, I'd have my husband build my little cottage in our backyard right now!


Anonymous said...

These are beautiful and bright! Thank you for sharing them.