An Updated Cottage Style
This idea book is about modernizing the traditional Cottage Style. The Cottage is defined in modern usage as "a modest, often cozy dwelling, typically in a rural or semi-rural location." It is one of my favorite styles because it captures the beauty of every day American living.
By utilizing large, almost over-sized windows, you invite the outdoors into your space allowing for an abundance of natural light extending your view. Gridded or divided lite windows offer traditional beauty, detail and charm to the home.
What we love about the Cottage Style are the charming unexpected details...
Notice the extension of space in this room. By utilizing lots of windows, and lots of fresh and light paint colors adds to the reflection of light in this space.
Natural or reclaimed wood ceiling beams offer an attractive focal point to the room. The spacing between the beams is nice...if they were spaced too closely then wood beams might overwhelm this space.
Nice use of cased-opening transition between the spaces.
This family room space is light and bright. The fireplace stone is an attractive focal point in the room.
A large residence with a classic shingled exterior. The small scale of the shingles adds definition and detail to the exterior facade.
The Venetian plaster finish on the fireplace is a nice simple contrast to the painted light-colored walls, ceiling.
Skylights can enhance the natural light of the room.
Nice transition between spaces utilizing cased openings with beautiful trim work.
Wood columns, beam as transition between spaces...
By utilizing 2 vanities instead of a single cabinet with double sinks creates charm and detail in this space.
This concrete patio has a charming colorful finish.
The simple charm of this front entry.
Windows, ceiling design, paint color and dark hardwood floors