5 Tips for a Cottage Style Home
Interior designer Lizzie McGraw's acquired wisdom, distilled into easy steps
Here are five easy tips for cottage style from interior designer Lizzie McGraw.
1. Layer With White
Two or three shades throughout can create a finished look and a sense of spaciousness while providing a cohesive backdrop for eclectic furnishings, as seen in the kitchen and porch areas, above.
2. Add Space Overhead
Lizzie raised the ceiling about 18 inches by exposing the joists above two morsel-size rooms to draw the eye up and create a larger and loftier feel.
3. Salvage the Charm
After replacing past-its-prime infrastructure, like shaky pipes, Lizzie paid to restore the original enameled stove and used paint to preserve the original floorboards. "They're maple," she says of the floors, "but they looked dated. Painting them white gave them a fresh look."
4. Unify With Accessories
Throw pillows, area rugs, and kitchenware can inject accent colors in small doses and can be easily swapped out for a new scheme.
5. Edit Your Finds
"I believe in everyday clutter," Lizzie says, "but at the same time you need to know where things are. A happy home is easy." Clients with too many things occasionally need a nudge, she says, but that's what she's there for. "It's like a friend helping you choose the right outfit."