Friday, June 1, 2012

Mill Valley Cottage

The owner of this cute cottage needed help pulling her space together. Here in her living room,  she needed a coffee table, more seating, and some art up on the walls, and wanted it all to reflect her home's charm and her own personal style.  Here's how we began...



-We took our client shopping and found a  coffee table she loved- made of reclaimed wood and metal pipe, it worked well with the rustic look of her existing pieces. An old yellow wood framed mirror finds a home on the table as a tray.

-The fun chairs we were hoping to chance upon to round out the room were not to be found that day, so we hunted around the house for a temporary fix.  We found one turquoise spindle back chair in the den and another in a bedroom, and brought them in to use as a pair for their fun color and cottage style. The homeowner liked them there so much they're staying permanently (that happens to us a lot!)

-We spied the old window sitting in a corner upstairs - we loved it's architectural quality and made it a focal point by hanging it over the fireplace. (Our client can tuck photos and cards in it to create an ever changing display.) Placing her collection of round wire trivets below it  creates more graphic interest.

An old wood stool is repurposed as a stand for a vintage metal lamp found in the den,  and primitive accessories we collected from around the house and massed together create an engaging corner.

The antique child's desk we placed in the corner became a charming showcase for books, photos and an old fan.

Art was hung, including a vintage sign over the kitchen pass through.

Next week the new jute area rug we selected will arrive to anchor all the seating with some great texture A new small flat screen TV will replace the old one on the cabinet, and the homeowner has a plan to use that empty frame in front of the new screen, adding some country charm to it- great idea!

The adjoining den...


                                                               AND AFTER:
Hanging some more paintings created a cozy corner, and repositioning a pine armoire that was hiding behind the door offered a pretty view from the entry.

Easy furnishings, treasured collections, and accessories that add pops of clean fresh color gave this house the charm of country style.

1 comment:

Sarah Carter said...

I love the blue chairs and the lamp by the sofa.
Take a look at this one... it would fit perfectly there: