Urban Cottage Empty Nester Home Tour

A self described urban cottage empty nester home is on tour in this post that has been made functional and cozy for the couple’s growing family. Garner ideas for downsizing with lots of visual interest in this one!

urban cottage empty nester home dining room

My lovely friend Anisa Flannery is a talented home decorator that I’ve know for several years (at least!) over on Instagram. Her style strikes me as being warm and traditional with a cottage style family appeal. She lives in New England and is a wife, mom to four grown children and grandma to 13 and counting! Thus her empty nester home has to function well with space and furnishings to accommodate the family.

new england homes

Since I’ve been following Anisa’s adventures for awhile now, I recall her previous home have always enjoyed her style. While that home was truly grand, her current home is perfect for their new lifestyle and oh so cozy!

Urban Cottage Empty Nester Home

beautiful gazebo

“After our youngest of four children graduated college and settled in another state, my husband and I decided it was time to downsize and move closer to our grandchildren.”

cottage farmhouse kitchen

“We had built and designed our two previous homes, so we knew finding a new home was going to be challenging. When this cottage style home became available, we knew instantly it was the one.”

urban cottage empty nester home

“It’s been two years and we are putting our stamp on each space with a lot of thoughtful planning.”

urban cottage empty nester home entry

“We have started purchasing new functional furnishings to fit the space for family gatherings of 13 and counting. Performance fabric and kid friendly furniture is a must.”

cozy urban cottage empty nester home

“Deciding on a decorating style was easy. I combined the country style of our first home with the more formal traditional style of our last home, ultimately creating an urban cottage empty nester.”

farmhouse kitchen with cow print

“A favorite space for us is my husband’s office. It’s a comfortable room where we begin and sometimes end the day. Coffee, tea and newspaper in the mornings and in the cooler months the fireplace is on for a cozy atmosphere.”

cozy library

“I am a huge fan of mirrors in a foyer, finding one to fit our high ceilings and narrow entry was challenging. A DIY Dollar Store project was just the solution. Instructions for it are available on Pinterest.”

anisa flannery home cottage style foyer urban cottage empty nester home foyer

“Our home is a work in progress, and we are thoroughly enjoying every minute!”

Follow Anisa over on Instagram here at – a_flann and on Pinterest here at Anisa.

Here are a few more images that Anisa thought you might enjoy!


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  1. Mary Wilhelmus says:

    I adore this cottage- everything about it. Do you have the plans?

  2. Miche Ortega says:

    Just beautiful! And I love the mirror idea. That’s genius!

  3. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post; the design is alluring and looks totally livable. What I aspire to. Every day your emails arrive I open them with great anticipation and am always gratified to see more lovely.

  4. Thank you for sharing this house. We are now empty nesters and it’s giving me some great ideas for what to do with our home.

  5. Thanks for sharing these tours! I love the style of the cottage this week, and I am now following her on Instagram. My feed is expanding…thanks to these fabulous homes that you are sharing. And of course my Instagram feed includes your wonderful home as well!

  6. I love Anisa and her beautiful home! What a great tour, Janet!

  7. ruth staley says:

    I have enjoyed seeing Anisa’s beautifully decorated home, I too am downsizing, and have had a hard time finding a dining table like this one , does she have a list of where to find some of her furniture? I would really like to know, Thanks Ruth Staley

    1. I believe that some of it came from her own home and some was likely purchased locally. Unfortunately I don’t have her sources Ruth, but if you’re on Instagram you could follow her there.

  8. I was reading and scrolling through and noticed after about the 4th photo that things seemed familiar. When you said Anisa, for some reason it didn’t compute. To me, it’s a_flann. LOL. I love Anisa and follow her on IG. Loved this tour (with large photos)! Everything she does is so warm and cozy. Pinned

    1. She’s so talented and I’m always grateful that the homeowners share so graciously with us!

  9. This is such a cozy and charming home; thank you for sharing with us.

    1. So glad that you enjoyed this one!

    1. So glad that you enjoyed this one!

  10. My husband and I are also empty nesters and have 5 grands. Love living close to them with many over-night visits. I know white and lighter colors are in style but can’t imagine a white couch and chairs with grandchildren!

    1. They work well if slipcovered Judy. With 3 muddy pawed dogs I find that way you actually see the dirt and it makes it easier to wash.

  11. Love this cottage to bits!

    1. I’m so glad that you’re a fan of this tour as well!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Heike!

  12. Ann Drayton says:

    Janet, I think this is the most adorable home tour you’ve ever taken me on. Thank you!

  13. I really loved this tour it was fresh and happy. I’m not sure why, but it made me happy.

    1. I feel the same Diana…such a happy home!