A century ago a seamstress lived and worked here, hemming dresses and sewing draperies in one of the front bedrooms. Today, a pair of lifelong friends share this restored circa-1917 cottage, set on the periphery of the carefully preserved village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. The town was laid out in the 1890s as a planned resort community, and period homes grand and small still line its picturesque curving streets, as well as more modest dwellings, such as this one. “One part of the village was for the resort workers, with horse stables, blacksmith shops, and simple homes where employees lived and worked, like this one,” says Marilyn Barrett of the house she and Catherine Vrdolyak own and share.
Shown: Homeowners Marilyn Barrett (left) and Catherine Vrdolyak and their dog, Scarlett, on one of the property’s brick garden paths.