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Thursday, January 28, 2010

German Cottage Love.

If you didn't know, I am the descendant of German immigrants that came to Texas 140 years ago. This is why my parents named me Heidi. I have a love for German/Texas cottages and was thrilled to find more in Australia and New Zealand. I did my research and found out that South Australia is the only AU state that was not settled by English convicts but by German and Polish immigrants. Enjoy, Heidi

Image via Australian House and Garden.

Image of The Hart Lodge in New Zealand.

Image via New Zealand House and Garden.

Galveston, Texas House. Looks just like the NZ and AU houses.
Maybe it's because the same people built them, German people.
Heritage Restorations.

Origin of image unknown, but this is an Aussie Cottage for sure and I heart it.

Image via Simon Kenny - Content.

Image via Coutry Living.
I bet this house is in Texas and was built by German immagrants.

Image via New Zealand House and Garden.


Unknown said...

Oh wow, these are GORGEOUS!! Isn't it interesting spotting the similarities!

Have a lovely day :)

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Heidi,
This cotages are beautiful, I'll take the little one witht the urn out front.
Have a good evening!

Tish Jett said...

These are so beautiful, so "who wouldn't want to live in one of them?" beautiful.

I guess the only thing for me to do is to go into raptures about your gorgeous blog and then join the club.

toves sammensurium said...

Oh,-you´ve found sooo many beautiful houses!!!!! Me like a LOT:)))))

thanks for sharing....we have to renovate our house this spring/summer......can´t figure out the color and how the look will it´s red and I just haaaate that!!!!! These pics were very inspiring:)))))

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Heidi, I am in love with the first house. I went on the site but couldn't find it. Could you please point me to the location on their site. Thanks, happy weekend, T

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Heidi, these are so beautiful.
I love this style of house. The lovely turned wood and balustrades. They are so pretty. I would live in every one of the houses that you have shown. Just gorgeous. XXXX

Concrete Jungle said...

South Africa has many of the same style too!

galvanized garden said...

What a great post! I love every one of those houses. Makes me want to visit New Zealand!

Jules said...

Hi. I live in a town in western NSW which is made up of cottages like this. One of the earlier towns settled in the bush the influence here is Spanish but the look is the same. They will eventually feature in my blog Really enjoy visiting you thank you Julienne

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

Hi heidi,

yes there are heaps of german settlers in OZ. In fact i'm originally from south australia and my profession was in the wine industry there in a region called the Barossa Valley - absolutely picture perfect gorgeous. You should do a couple of searches. very strong german settlement in the early days, and still very high population of german descendents.


Heidi said...

To Concrete Jungle:
There were Germans immagriting to Africa. My friend's husband was born in Africa but his parents were German immigrants. Later they all moved to the US. He has a normal American English accent but a very long German name. People ask about his ethnentisity and he replies with "I'm an African-American". It is so funny. There are places in Argentina like this as well. Germans fled there during the world wars. My friend Janet went there for a wedding and was shocked to see little German houses and German people speaking very good Spanish. The German people have strong wills, I like to say determined, some might say hard headed. But when life got so bad they did what had to be done and found a better place. Before the French civilized them they were a very barbaric,nomadic type of people. So maybe that is why they are so tough and are able to pick up and move. Maybe this is the reason I want to move? My DNA. This post turned out to be more than I expected and I love it. Thank you all. Heidi

Dear Lillie said...

Just discovered your blog! It is absolutely gorgeous!

Lisa said...

This is such a beatiful post Heidi - These homes and buildings are so intricate but when painted white they are a sheer delight. I just love that NZ lodge, who wouldn't? Thanks for a lovely post.
Lisa x

Porchlight Interiors said...

Gorgeous images - thanks for sharing Heidi! Tracey xx

Aimee Boschet said...

WOW! What gorgeous homes. I love them all!!! Such character...

Millie said...

Yep, good old South Australia was founded as a free Colony, we didn't have convicts transported out to us like Melb. & Sydney, & I remind them of that at any opportunity! Fab post mate, so beautifully researched & put together.
Millie ^_^

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

What bueatiful gardens and garden antique's and the home are great.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said... a fellow GERMAN..I am delighted to find your blog...and so love your taste in vintage homes.
Have joined you not want to miss any more of these images.


Burlap Luxe said...

Love them Heidi,
We have a Heidi in our Family. Love the tin roof and would have a hard time choosing, guess I would really love to live in the Heritage Restoration love the view from the back side.

My Mother's Father is German Full Blooded and also was an immigrant to Minnesota State, went to many of Polka Dances when I was a young girl.

My Mom is French/ German My Dad French/Irish what a combo :)

Beautiful site.

'LUSH' said...

Heidi, my husband's family helped to settle the west of Houston and in the hill country (Texas). The homes and Catholic churches the immigrants built are gorgeous. I hope you've had a chance to feast your eyes on them. Thank you for your lovely post. I am in love with each cottage.

A rootdigger said...

You should see the homes in New ulm a very german town. I wonder if it makes a difference of where in germany they come from.What you said about australia is good to know!
Love the cottages.

Delcie Wardrop said...

They are gorgeous looking homes. I love the detailed woodwork. We have german neighbours here in the mountains, but they built a mountains style chalet- tall roof, dormer windows, thick walls against the cold- a little bit