Back in October, I gave a sneak peek at a quick turn-around project at a lake camp on one of New Hampshire’s most beautiful lakes.
The job is actually done, but as the cottage is now inhabited by renters, I have to wait until late spring to photograph it! However, I thought you might like a few unstyled, progress shots to give you a little flavor!
Maybe you’ll want to rent it next year 🙂
A quick recap — The clients plan to spend summers here and rent it out during the winter ski season. They wanted the interior to be very comfortable, furnished with good quality and according to the style they wanted, but they didn’t want to take on any major structural renovation work. Mostly cosmetic changes.
A decorative band-aid on the building, if you will.
But also, because of the quick turn-around, we ended up using a lot of accents from retail sources in addition to custom pieces from my trade vendors. I was able to hand the client a URL list of the pieces I’d selected, and she could order them herself.
The wife wanted a very simple, coastal cottage feel in shades of her favorite color — Robin’s Egg Blue. We also put a little New Hampshire flavor in with some plaid and updated (but understated) prints.
Remember this fireplace?
Well, I very much doubt it was original to the cottage (otherwise, demoing it would have really made me pause), and it was killing the usable seating space.
Moreover, the owners did not want renters lighting a fire, so when I suggested ripping it out, they (almost) immediately agreed.
There had to be a few inch bump-out where it used to be, because the brick back was part of the wall support. Making it flush would have cost a fortune compared to the aesthetic payoff. Again, no big structural changes.
We gave the bump-out an architectural reason with this beautiful 40″ x 60″ lake painting, which I sourced through one of my trade vendors.
The kitchen “before.”
Cleaning up the lighting plan (can you believe the above pic??!?!?!) was a HUGE part of the kitchen makeover.
I LOVE with these little mint flush mounts! I’m so thrilled the client went for them. We used them in the task areas — the sink and counter in front of the window — and replaced the “boob” lights with cans.
I’m so happy with how the kitchen turned out. We didn’t even replace the counters! You can see the dining table chandelier in the background.
Our design scheme, heavy on the robin’s egg blue, with subtle pattern and some texture.
That ticking stripe in different color ways became a theme throughout the house.
Accent table. (I’ve used this one 3 times now. It’s a great little C-table.)
We divided the living area from the kitchen/dining area with these gorgeous custom swivel chairs from one of my trade sources. The ticking stripe has a super awesome stain treatment, so that the fabric has a lot of the qualities of a Crypton, even though it’s applied after the fabric is woven, as opposed to at the fiber level prior to milling.
This stain treatment is only available to the trade. If you need stain-prevention for furniture already in your home, see this post.
A custom sectional for lazy movie nights with the family from one of my favorite sources, available to Home Glow clients.
A before pic of the porch:
And a sneak peek, totally un-styled, but you get the idea of how we’re going for a much cleaner slate.
The old staircase had both code and cosmetic problems, being completely open on one side and having a right and left banister on the upper portion.
We pulled off the left banister entirely and crafted a new, to-code railing for the lower portion on the right. Then we painted everything white.
A new stair runner going in — both practical and charming!
Ta-DA! Doesn’t this diamond runner pop?!
It also connects the color story of the downstairs to the upstairs bedrooms.
I don’t have many pictures of the bedrooms, but I do have a little science experiment for you.
Want to see a window grow?
The client wanted a very plain window treatment, to keep the simplicity of the cottage …
…so we did a simple valance in the ticking stripe (different colors in each room) with a solid contrast kick pleat. Even so, see how it can dramatically enlarge the appearance of the small windows?
I hope you like our progress so far! Next week I’ll be back with a BRILLIANT trick (if I do so say so, myself 😉 ) for small bedroom storage that I’ve never seen anywhere else.
See you next Saturday! (Maybe it will even feel like Spring by then.)
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