our story

Before – Coral Cottage

Many years ago we painted our home a bright coral, purple and yellow with a blue roof.  People thought we were crazy.

We loved the cheerful colors, especially in winter when everything was dull gray and colorless.


Now – Red Dirt Cottage – Red Dirt Farm   We have been renovating and adding an addition to our house for the past two years.  We have a new bright red roof, the siding is green and the trim is blue.


Our farmhouse is a 1930’s cottage style farmhouse, in central Virginia.

Home to artist Kim and husband Mr. Cottage,  4 cats,  3 peacocks,   about 70 chickens and a couple of roosters.  We also have two senior rescue dogs that complete our family.

Nope, I won’t get the homemaker of the year award, because my house is full of clutter, dust, cat and dog hair and lots of unfinished creative projects.  Not to mention a few chickens and a little rescue duck, that sometimes live in the house.

Mr. Cottage is the down to earth smart business oriented mind.  Me – I’m the head in the clouds, day-dreamer.

For over twenty years, I dedicated my time to animal rescue – cats and dogs.  Never, did I think that would include chickens but I’m happy to say we have several that we brought here and gave a second chance.   That has been very rewarding.

My purple studio where I create art sits under the shade of an old pecan tree at the back of our property.  Although in recent years my art has taken a bit of a back seat while I have been recovering from a head, neck and shoulder injury and subsequent surgery.  I love creating, and I guess I always will, in some shape or form.

 I’ve long dreamed of raising chickens and growing flowers to sell.  In the fall of 2015 I opened a little road-side stand and started selling our eggs.  Now I’m working hard to increase my wildflower and heirloom gardens and sell cut flowers at the stand.  I’m sharing this new journey on my blog.

I care for my animals and my flowers the same way, using nature as a guide, no chemicals, no pesticides for the plants and no harmful antibiotics or steroids, for the animals; lots of love and taking the bad with the good.

And that my friends, is what Red Dirt Cottage – formerly Life at Coral Cottage is all about.

 But WAIT There’s more!

We are in the middle of a major remodel and home addition as we prepare to become a two-generation family.

 Yep Father Cottage will be moving in and adding his many years of life experience to the table.

Join along as the adventures continue.



Just a little view of my everyday life here at Coral Cottage.

17 thoughts on “our story

  1. What a lovely post! I won’t be getting Martha’s award any time soon either – too many other good things to do. 🙂 I didn’t know you rescued animals. Wow! Something I’d love to do at some point…..


  2. Staci – life is too short to spend all your time cleaning house! Yep, my rescue babies got out of hand, we had 26 cats and 11 dogs at our highest point. They gave me so much joy, but it was a lot of work and very costly. I think you have your hands full with all your lovely chickens!


  3. Oh Kim~I am so glad you are showing your wonderful art work. I am totally blown away by it. Have you submitted to any Stampington magazines? If not, you need to. Your mixed media jewelry and your art is glorious. I love the white bird in your header photo-is that a stitched design or chalk? PLEASE show more of your work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love, Debra


    1. Debra, I can not begin to tell you how much your kind words mean to me. I have an issue with not believing in my work and don’t promote it at all, or very little. I’ve rarely shared it on social media for fear I would sound like a commercial – or worse make a fool out of myself. I would love to share it with the Stampington Group, but I’m a chicken. New promise to myself to be brave and work on this. So your words of encouragement mean the world to me. I so respect your art work and will cherish your praise. Thank you, Kim


  4. Hi Kim – thank you for coming to visit my blog today. I love yours, and the idea of living in a colourful cottage with a tribe of rescued animals sounds like heaven! I look forward to seeing more of your posts 🙂


  5. I’m an artist with two furry rescued babies, too. One of our cars, Izzie, was a feral kitten running in our neighborhood when she ran under the tire of a neighbor’s car. Luckily, my husband helped the neighbor retrieve the kitten (Izzie) from underneath the car and brought her home to me.


  6. So happy for you…new adventures await. It will be so fun to have a full farm…lots of animals, Ethyl and Miss Lucy will be jealous at first but will learn to have a great time with all their new friends. Hope you heal fast and can get back to your art.

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