HB: Contemporary Cottage

I’d love to say that I came up with all these completely amazing rooms, alas, it was a Beach Cottage displayed in the July issue of House Beautiful. I’m not one typically to put an entire house from a magazine, but I fell in love with this spread and thought I’d share. Each room  in this 1,650 sq ft house is so clean and fresh with aesthetic interest. Each individual space shows an element of intrigue. A little special something goes a long way, whether it be the window treatment or text displayed in a creative humorous way. Check it out.

The framing of these works is innovative. They have chosen several strong pieces, which would hang beautifully independently of one another,  and placed them in one large frame to give them prominence in numbers. I love it!!

The tied twine rope caught my eye in this photo, as did the wrought iron tables and the floor to ceiling fireplace feature.

I live in a home with beams and our fixture hang from them. I like the way the designer has immersed the lighting into the architecture of the room. The lighting then becomes part of the room, rather than a feature.

text on stairs…win/win.

Vintage appliances combined with retro contemporary cabinetry is always a welcome mix to a kitchen. Of course, the painting leaning against the wall near the stove top is a personal fave. I like it when people lean paintings in the kitchen. For reason, it give it importance. Humankind loves to generally hang in the kitchen, so if it’s there, it’s a piece to be adored. There is something sweet about these pieces. A glimpse into the owners world.

Bar/Cafe opens out from the kitchen to the terrace with the sink easily accessible.

Window drapery caught my eye. Simple, light and privacy all in one swoop.

All images via House Beautiful July 2012 issue

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