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MODERN TWIST Revamp with contemporary details

Dream Home Style

20 fresh

DREAM HOME STYLE

takes on classic décor with enduring charm

FALL IN LOVE

On-trend accents, textures and patterns

TRIED + TRUE

How to anchor a space with white

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8 Creamy Whites Texture, pattern and tone make for a seasonal take on an all-white cottage palette. BY SARAH JANE STONE

12 Breathing Spaces These spacious, beautiful baths set the tone for relaxing and restoring. BY SHELBY DEERING

On the Cover Dream Home Style: 20 fresh takes on classic dĂŠcor with enduring charm ..................pages 12, 16, 32, 48, 60, 72, 88, 100

Tried + True: How to anchor a space with white ............................................................................ pages 106, 112, 118, 122 Fall in Love: On-trend accents, textures and patterns ..............................................................pages 8, 100, 112 Cover credit: Robin Stubbert/GAP Interiors Cover design by Kelly Lee

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Modern Twist: Revamp with contemporary details .............................................................................. pages 16, 48, 122, 130

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100 Fall in Love A designer creates light and dreamy living spaces with subtly sweet touches of autumn. BY SHELBY DEERING

106 Farmhouse Kitchen Clever color pairings and touches of texture create a fresh feel in this family’s farmhouse kitchen. BY MAX TROJA

Dream Cottages Classic American

16 Harmonious Living Stark contrast, timeless style and a little farmhouse flair make this cottage a dreamy getaway. BY GAP INTERIORS AND SARAH JANE STONE

32 Creating a Classic A tiny modern cottage gets a renovation, turning it into a family-friendly home with timeless appeal. BY KRISTIN DOWDING

48 The Modern Ranch Rural life is reimagined in a Texas ranch with a blend of unexpected styles. BY MARGIE MONIN DOMBROWSKI

Rustic Chic

60 Creating a Dream Home Classic style meets cottage charm in a refreshingly unique family home.

BY GAP INTERIORS AND ALDONA BEJNAROWICZ

72 Seasonal Style Vintage finds take on new life in a home where creamy whites act as a warm backdrop. BY MERYL SCHOENBAUM

88 Rustic Lakeside Retreat Light and airy, a cottage nestled amid pine trees takes all the right cues from its idyllic location. BY GAP INTERIORS AND SARAH JANE STONE

Bookshelf 112 Beauty in Blue and White See a classic color pairing come to life with bold and beautiful designs. BY ROBERT HECKERT

118 Playful Pixels Find out how to add personality to your home through eye-catching color and patterns that pop. BY ROBERT HECKERT

122 The Process of Home Every home deserves a Hollywood ending. BY SARAH JANE STONE

Extras 6 Editorial 128 Sources 130 Last Page

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Editorial

Getting Personal

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DESIGN

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DESIGN IS A PERSONAL ENDEAVOR. To select paint, pillows and furnishings is to take part of our character and set it on display. It’s a creative process with an audience of all who enter our home. With that, the colors (or lack thereof) that we choose to adorn our home with seem to carry a lot of weight. All too often white is seen as the easy way out of making a bolder or brighter choice. However, the truth is that this hue can do a lot. White is such a design chameleon that the right shade can either make a space feel cozy and welcoming or fresh and airy. It is a canvas for both a myriad of patterns and the subtle beauty of minimalism. It transcends any single design style, but it is perhaps most at home amid a quaint cottage. This issue of Cottage White showcases the endless versatility of white. A classic cottage with a modern edge (page 16), a traditional family home (page 32) and a truly unique Texas ranch (page 48) are just the beginning. Each with a perfect touch of rustic charm, you’ll find a floral-filled family home (page 60), an artist’s retreat brimming with vintage

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Cottage Essentials

Creamy Texture, pattern and tone make for a seasonal take on an all-white cottage palette. BY SARAH JANE STONE

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Fossil Ball, $65 for small, $79 for medium, $101 for large. (888) 685-3838 or highfashionhome.com.

Burrard Sofa in Seasalt Gray and Walnut, $1,199. (888) 746-3455 or article.com.

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Hand-Carved Mango Wood Wall Hanging Hand, $40.95. Visit vintagemarketanddesign.com.

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French Wooden Hand-Carved Bowl, $60. Visit graciouslyadorned.com.

Block Print Cotton Napkins, $32 for set of 4. Visit meridianny.com.

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Hamptons Collection Windwood Point Pillow, $215. (855) 585-8959 or coastalhomepillows.com.

Belle Meade Signature Gretchen Wing Back Dining Chair, $1,199. (800) 440-5121 or shopcandelabra.com.

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Cottage Essentials

Breathing Spaces

These spacious, beautiful baths set the tone for relaxing and restoring. BY SHELBY DEERING

A BEAUTIFUL BATHROOM IS A TRUE OASIS —and a chance to showcase a home’s unique personality. These four fresh takes will inspire you to create a bath that truly speaks to your style.

French Elegance With a claw-foot tub, bejeweled chandelier, dramatic curtains and perfectly patinaed mirror, this bathroom is a French country dream. But modern touches, like the glass walk-in shower and dual vessel-style sinks with contemporary wall-mounted faucets, give it a chic twist. To mix up the all-white palette, the misty marble countertop and accompanying backsplash help add a bit of texture. Recreate the look by adding fixtures, paint colors and tile in pure-white hues, then dress it up with subtle, elegant accents.

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Although white is the foundational color, the misty marble countertop and accompanying backsplash lend a touch of texture to an otherwise clean slate.

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Modern Rustic

Vintage Charm

This bath is a lesson in combining eras, as if a contemporary farmer designed a spa retreat to unwind in after a long day. The sleek tub is juxtaposed with the cracked wood beams, gabled to add just the right amount of rustic detailing. The textured backsplash tile and striking black floor tile contrasted by gleaming white grout add a sense of drama, as does the elegant chandelier. If you plan to combine several design styles—French and American, midcentury and farmhouse, coastal and western—in a single space, use white as your anchoring color. It allows the opportunity to play with highly contrasting styles without overwhelming your senses.

Rustic living gets a modern makeover in this space, where a delightfully chipped ceiling tin panel serves as wall décor alongside a claw-foot tub and a pastoral wooden stool. The neutral color palette, featuring grays, creams and whites, encourages a soothing atmosphere, punctuated by unexpected details. The backsplash with reversed subway tile

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Simply Cottage (gray tiles with white grout) adds visual interest, while the mismatched cement floor tiles create an unusual patchwork pattern. To create a laid-back, vintage mood in your bath, try mixing patterns, turning salvaged material into wall art and incorporating vintage furniture.

Classic cottage style comes to life with a cast-iron claw-foot tub that takes center stage, anchoring the space and celebrating the beauty of vintage treasures. Antique mirrors in varying shapes are artfully displayed on small ledges, accompanied by wall-mounted porcelain animal busts that cheerfully host jewelry. Cream and heather-blue floor tiles add subtle color, softening the space. To create character in your cottage-style bathroom, fill the space with vintage finds from flea markets, antiques shops and garage sales—and keep an eye out for old items that might serve new purposes, like the vintage stepping stool that serves as extra counter space.

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Classic American

Taking full advantage of its lakeside location, the living room boasts oor-to-vaulted-ceiling windows. Yet the stone fireplace, with its rough-hewn mantle, makes the space a cozy and inviting retreat.

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Harmonious

Living Stark contrast, timeless style and a little farmhouse flair make this cottage a dreamy getaway. BY GAP INTERIORS AND SARAH JANE STONE PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN STUBBERT/GAP INTERIORS STYLING BY CHRISTINE HANLON

WHEN A COUPLE BEGAN BUILDING THEIR FAMILY’S LAKESIDE COTTAGE, it wasn’t furniture or architecture they couldn’t decide on; it was the color palette. Seeking a middle ground, they turned to designer Lidia van Zyl, who crafted a unique aesthetic that celebrates black, white and the gray areas in between. Common Ground The couple engaged Lidia in the project when the 4,900-square-foot cottage retreat was just at the planning stage. “Because of this, I was able to work out every detail before the walls went up,” Lidia says. Her first task was to help the homeowners come to a few compromises, as well as establish a plan for balance. “Thankfully, the

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A landing strip is an essential element in any functional home. Tucked in the nook of the stairs, Lidia displays a perfect balance of the homeowners’ varied taste by pairing shiplap walls and natural pine stair treads with an iron console table and a few vintage accents.

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couple was united on some things, specifically that they wanted the house to be low maintenance and practical,” Lidia says.

Making It Work During the 18-month build, not only did Lidia manage to incorporate the couple’s preferred color schemes in her design but she also created a space that celebrates the home’s wooded lakeside location. There are rustic touches throughout, including stunning wood floors and exposed pine threads on the staircase, all echoing the nature surrounding the house. To add to the rustic feel, Lidia incorporated shiplap, a farmhouse staple, on the kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom walls.

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To add to the rustic feel, Lidia

incorporated shiplap, a farmhouse staple, on the kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom walls.

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The subtle touch of carriage house pendant lights brings a quaint charm to the kitchen, while tiled backsplash and shiplap walls add texture to the all-white palette.

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“The trick with white is to choose different tones of white—and use a mixture of materials, both hard and soft.”

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FARMHOUSE KITCHEN ESSENTIALS An all-white kitchen brimming with style and charm is easier to achieve than you may believe. 1. Go Shaker. It should be no surprise that this classic cabinet design is well suited for a cottage kitchen with farmhouse flair. 2. Maximize storage. Upper cabinets can make even large kitchens feel small. Here, they are relegated to a single wall, while ample drawers provide plenty of storage and ensure the space remains airy and bright. 3. Try fresh tile. Stay ahead of the trend by trading in subway tile for its cousin, a longer, leaner tile that delivers a fresh twist (bonus points for a little sheen and white grout). 4. Add accents. Carriage house pendants, zinc canisters, bentwood stools and a glass cookie jar filled with vintage wooden rolling pins and small cutting boards—it all adds up to quintessential farmhouse style.

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A trestle-style table and Windsor chairs add cottage apropos to the dining area. With an all-white chandelier, vintage accents and casual linens, the airy space is the cottage equivalent of a formal dining room.

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The result is a gleaming, light space kept clean and clear, thanks to clever storage and practical furnishings. Simple touches, such as hardwearing, easy-to-clean surfaces and fabric chair coverings, allow this family of four (five, including their dog) to truly enjoy their cottage-inspired home.

Balancing Contrast A black, white and gray color palette might seem limiting to some, but Lidia considered it an opportunity to make the most of small details. “The chandelier in the bedroom looks like a traditional chandelier at first glance,

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A black, white and gray color palette might seem limiting to some, but Lidia considered

it an opportunity to make the most of small details.

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The master bedroom is a rustic retreat, thanks to a soothing palette of white and gray, accented by natural finishes and iron. Lidia ensured the space was filled with textural interest by opting for a shiplap-clad wall and the wooden-bead chandelier.

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Bold contrast is the cornerstone of the master bath’s design. Cement tile with a retro-inspired pattern adds visual interest, perfectly complementing the high-gloss black metal vanity. Farmhouse-style sconces, a marble countertop, black-handled faucet and vintage accents tie together the look.

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but because it’s created with wooden beads, it has a completely different effect,” Lidia says. These subtle accents add a certain charm to every room. In the master bath, vintage tennis racquets hung on the gleaming shiplap-clad white walls add texture to the high-contrast design. Lidia’s professional touch is deftly showcased in the all-white kitchen, where she added layers and clever accessories that make it anything but stark. “The trick with white is to choose different tones of white—and use a mixture of materials, both hard and soft,” she says. “I also love black and white, or any contrasting colors really, so I added black furniture or accessories to almost every room.” Thanks to Lidia’s timeless design and modern touches, every part of the home, from its crisp interior to its yin-and-yang exterior, celebrates the duality of the homeowners’ taste.

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Gray bricks laid in a harringbone pattern, carriage house porch lights and tongue-and-groove paneling combine with a high-contrast palette for true cottage charm.

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Form meets function in this stylish mudroom. Classic details, like wallpaper and a window seat, take on a fresh charm, thanks to contemporary lines and high-contrast design.

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Creating a Classic

A tiny modern cottage gets a renovation, turning it into a family-friendly home with timeless appeal.

BY KRISTIN DOWDING PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON

HEAVILY WOODED MILL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, is the ideal location for a magnificent house that exudes classic style. But among this idyllic setting, this family of six shaped a dream home not from a massive abode but from a tiny one-bedroom modern cottage.

Surrounded by redwood trees, this Mill Valley cottage has circular divided-light windows, cedar wood shingles on the roof, blue stone on the patios and porches and painted-white woodworking to create the exterior’s traditional appearance. “The house is deeply set back, so it gives you a sense of expansiveness. It pulls you in from a distance,” Leigha says.

Rather than sacrifice the perfect location, the family turned to residential designer Leigha Heydt of Heydt Designs and Benjamin Dhong of Benjamin Dhong Interiors to transform the small cottage. Their goal was simple: to create a traditional home that could incorporate the family’s classic furniture and cultivate a fresh feel.

Creating Space Though small, the cottage had an open floor plan—so open, in fact, that there was plenty of unused space. “The floor plan was underutilized,” Leigha says. “The interior was all dark, heavy unfinished redwood.” This made the home feel especially cramped.

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The living room has splashes of color but maintains an overall neutral foundation. “The colors are deliberately meant to tie the strong blue entry into the house without overpowering everything in blue,� Benjamin says. The concrete coffee table adds a modern element to the surrounding traditional furniture.

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“Each window is almost like a framed piece of artwork, so make sure it’s looking at something appealing.”

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A traditional round divided-light window takes up most of the wall space in the powder room, bringing in light and acting as a picture frame that turns the nature view into artwork. The soapstone counter is from the same slab as the fireplace in the living room.

The home’s entryway makes a statement with its black door and Williamsburg blue walls. “I wanted an unusual blue that was still historic,” Benjamin says. “We also painted all the trim, walls and ceiling to unify the space and avoid the distraction from all the trim.”

The first step was to relocate walls to make better use of the space, but they had to work with restrictions. “Due to property lines being so close to the side and back of the house, we had to work within the existing footprint, moving the walls on the inside while retaining the walls on the outside,” Leigha says. Thanks to creative placement, however, they were able to add 800 square feet during the two-year remodel, bringing the cottage to 2,700 square feet to better accommodate the family.

East Coast Meets California With more space, the team focused on cultivating the right style. “The original home was really modern and didn’t have any traditional detailing in it,” Leigha says. “They wanted it to be rooted in history, so shingles and woodworking came into play.” Additional traditional

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“Keeping the walls light was necessary

to maximize the feeling of natural light.”

Whites and grays create the backdrop of the living room and stairway. Windows are the only wall décor leading to the second story, keeping the look simple and traditional.

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“Using global patterns is a great way to relax more formal spaces without losing the elegance.”

architectural elements, such as round divided windows and classic trim and molding, also helped to add charm. “It’s a happy balance between preppy East Coast and a relaxed California vibe. They’re a young family with a strong sense of family history and furniture, but they also wanted it to feel fresh and young,” Benjamin says. To blend those styles, they included classic elements associated with East Coast homes, such as lanterns, marble, painted cabinets and beveled subway tiles in the kitchen. They also placed an emphasis on natural light throughout the home, adding windows to counteract the shade from surrounding trees. 38

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According to Benjamin, the blue soapstone fireplace was chosen for its humble nature. It also complements the other blue accents in the room. To keep a cohesive design, the cabinet with the antiqued mirror cleverly hides the TV.

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“People forget to use

white as a pop of color.”

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The kitchen island is white oak with a custom greige stain and a slab of Calacatta d’Oro marble. A hanging lamp complements the antiqued mirrored cabinets. “When the client opened the [lamp] box, she called in a panic and said it was way too large,” Benjamin says. “But the scale is actually perfect. It brings drama into the room.”

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Classic elements with a few twists add drama to the kitchen. “We added slightly antiqued mirrors to the upper cabinets flanking the stove. It doubles the amount of light and adds fabulous atmosphere in the evening with candlelight,” Benjamin says.

The kitchen used to be a big, open family room, so they added a breakfast nook to break up the space. The bench seating allows access to the outdoor patio for barbecue days and adds a soft pop of yellow to complement the yellow kitchen accents.

Bright and Beautiful To keep the place bright—a far cry from the once-dark interiors—they relied on a color palette of whites and grays. “Keeping the walls light was necessary to maximize the feeling of natural light,” Leigha says. That neutral palette allows for splashes of color here and there to bring the space to life. “The living room uses a neutral color palette with pops of color to blend the blue entryway into the rest of the home without overwhelming it in color,” Benjamin says. “We created a 90% neutral color scheme and then popped it with blues, yellows, greens and, of course, white.” Benjamin also incorporated colorful fabric and wallpaper into the living room and children’s bedroom to break up the white and add texture. “Using global patterns is a great way to relax more formal spaces without losing the elegance,” Benjamin says. By only adding wallpaper to one wall, the space has color interest but maintains its neutral undertone. C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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A skylight and two windows provide plenty of light in the upstairs landing. Tall branches give the space texture while keeping dĂŠcor minimal. Using nature as dĂŠcor is an effective way to be traditional but not plain.

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In the children’s room, wallpaper borders the centered window, adding a pop of playful orange and pink without overwhelming the room with color.

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The master bedroom mixes square and round windows to accentuate the vaulted ceiling and bring in light. The classic four-poster bed also adds height and dimension to the room.

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TRADITIONAL TOUCH 5 ways to add classic style to your home 1. Neutral color palette: Stick to a neutral foundation, such as light grays and whites. “White, to me, is fresh and non-intrusive,” Benjamin says. “It also works with any other colors.” This gives you freedom to build with any color you want. 2. Pops of color: “Slowly build on your palette with more colored accessories—a throw, some art—and see what it does to the vibe,” Benjamin says. Blues, greens and yellows denote nature and are nice traditional options. If there’s a concentration of color, flip the concept and add some white. “People forget to use white as a pop of color,” he says. 3. Varied shades: When creating a color palette, it’s easy to get carried away with the perfect match. “Try to match a bit, but avoid overdoing it. It will end up looking too much like a shop,” Benjamin says. 4. Architectural elements. Even if the house itself is more modern, you can still add traditional elements that allude to the style. “Add traditional casings (door and window trim) and divided windows,” Leigha says. Remember that the element is just as important as where you put it. “Think about where to place your windows,” she says. “Each window is almost like a framed piece of artwork, so make sure it’s looking at something appealing.” 5. Traditional materials: The materials you add to your décor will also denote whether a piece is modern or classic. Soapstone, Calacatta marble, oak flooring, wood shingles and blue stone are some of the many timeless traditional options available.

Textured wallpaper lines the master bathroom, contributing to the neutral color palette while adding interest. A star pendant light adds a modern touch without detracting from the luxurious vibe.

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For visual variety, the kitchen and dining area features multiple surface materials, including the smooth marble Eero Saarinen dining tabletop, the sharp black island top and the looks-like-it’s-always-been-there mesquite countertop.

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The Modern

Ranch Rural life is reimagined in a Texas ranch with a blend of unexpected styles. BY MARGIE MONIN DOMBROWSKI PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRET GUM | STYLING BY JICKIE TORRES AND ELENA OH

WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO ESCAPE from the business of life to a serene setting of nothing but green pastures for miles and miles? On days when some rest and relaxation are in order, this family of four retreats to the calm and quiet of their midcentury ranch in a small town outside of Austin, Texas. Rebuilt from its dilapidated state, the family created a space for comfort and togetherness—with a nod to Texas style. “They were looking for a place where their family could spend quality time and not be focused on the modern-day routine,” says Christina Simon, senior designer for Mark Ashby Design. She worked with lead designer Mark Ashby to give the home its relaxed, underdesigned flair. “It’s based around nature ... and stripped down in its simplicity,” she says.

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“It’s based around nature ...

and stripped down in its simplicity.”

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Shaker-style cabinetry painted a deep teal green brings in the beauty of nature’s hues. The unique detail of the green leather pulls also adds some Texas flair.

Light and Bright Not one detail was unchanged or overlooked in the renovation. Everything but the front porch’s rustic stone façade was updated and replaced. “It was gutted to the studs,” Christina says. To open up the space and celebrate the natural light, they started by adding white shiplap walls throughout, creating a bright and airy ambience. In the kitchen, glazed clay zellige tile gives the white walls a slight shimmer, complemented by open shelving—a C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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The back entry, which serves as a mudroom, proves that each element must be impactful in a serene, minimal space. The Moroccan-inspired tiles draw the eye, while the richly textured bench and handmade iron wall hooks add a little country style.

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“That’s the great thing about modernism;

the designs are so classic they will endure as good design.”

A Dutch door with quaint, old-fashioned charm celebrates its surroundings. Although it looks like it’s always been there, it was added in the remodel.

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The kids’ room is infused with treehouse-like coziness, thanks to shiplap walls and a pair of twin spindle beds covered with bright Pendleton blankets.

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The guest bath reflects the owners’ love of modern art, with patterns and colors that reference fun pop art aesthetics.

A laundry area in the recessed portion of a hallway serves a practical purpose. Its sleek black counter and open white shelves provide stylish storage, while a cute curtain neatly hides the appliances.

perfect choice to create a casual and inviting home. The many reflective surfaces help create a cheerful, light-filled space. “While it’s light and clean, it’s not boring. We wanted to fill the home with a lot of these special moments, such as the tiles,” Christina says. “It’s beautiful and tactile, warm and polished at the same time.” To create a quintessential farmhouse feel, the kitchen cabinetry sports a teal-green hue that evokes the lush greenery of the countryside. Warm textures, from the mesquite kitchen counters and wood floors to the soft leather furnishings and Moroccan rugs, lend a timeworn quality to the completely renovated home. “A lot of the design decisions were based on what could have been in the past,” Christina says. “It’s not obvious that this was a 100 percent new build.” C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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A nod to bohemian influence, the master bedroom is a cozy nest, thanks to floor-to-ceiling draperies that wrap across the walls, as well as a full upholstered bed with ample luxe bedding.

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“A lot of the design decisions were based on what could have been in the past. It’s not obvious that this was a 100 percent new build.”

Artwork from local artists and antiques sourced from area shops fill the home with plenty of character. Barn doors also add ranch flavor to the modern mix. They open to the main hallway, but they can be closed to create a cleaner, uninterrupted look in the main living space.

Blending Old and New While the homeowners have an eye for design, they were mindful about keeping the vibe low key and easygoing. Christina accompanied the couple on many shopping excursions to scout unique finds that capture a well-traveled look. C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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To pull off an effortless and eclectic aesthetic, they juxtaposed a mix of midcentury and modern furnishings with handmade accessories and artwork by local artisans. “They wanted to make sure that everything in their house resonates with them and isn’t merely for show,” Christina says. Furniture in neutral shades, both midcentury and modern, warms up the interior and adds a stylish touch, including Hans Wegner wishbone chairs gathered around the dining table, clean-lined wood bar stools, a super soft leather sofa and a hand-built wood bench in the entry. “That’s the great thing about modernism; the designs are so classic they will endure as good design,” Christina says. “The simplicity of the lines is what makes them classic. They just feel good.” Black details punctuate the space here and there, while small pops of color in one-of-a-kind art pieces, antiques and decorative guitars add a dose of playfulness throughout the home. In the boys’ bedroom, black vintage-style spindle beds, an antique bunny art print, a bright blue Moroccan rug and multicolor bedding create a layered look. “It doesn’t feel ‘decorated.’ The overall tone of the house is eclectic, collected and comfortable,” Christina says.

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Redefine ranch style by blending modern touches

with period charm and lived-in comfort.

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Rustic Chic

Creating

a Dream Home Classic style meets cottage charm in a refreshingly unique family home. BY ALDONA BEJNAROWICZ/GAP INTERIORS PHOTOGRAPHY BY PIOTR GESICKI/GAP INTERIORS

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Taking full advantage of the forest views, the living room boasts plenty of windows and lots of natural light. Creamy white furnishings make the large, angular room feel soft and welcoming.

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The entryway sets the tone for the couple’s home. With French doors that open to the terrace, gray-and-white cement tile and a creamy palette, the space immediately conveys their relaxed cottage style.

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Gleaning inspiration from interior design magazines and catalogs, the

couple was determined to cultivate the right ambience and aesthetic for their lifestyle.

CLASSIC AND WARM, THIS COTTAGE HOME IS FULL OF THOUGHTFUL DETAILS, precious materials and soft pillows. But for homeowners Kalina and Michael, it was a long road to create their domestic vision. Finding Inspiration

Creamy whites paired with subtle doses of nature-inspired color and wood create the relaxing family home Kalina and Michael so desired.

Both Kalina and Michael work for large international corporations, requiring each to travel extensively. They’ve stayed at countless hotels around the world, which often feature practical furnishings and modern décor. While the couple appreciates modern design, they’ve come to associate the style with work. C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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Rustic details and antique treasures won out over the modern spaces Kalina and Michael are so accustomed to. They wanted their home to convey a warmth and comfort that only cottage style can provide.

When it came time to create their dream home, they envisioned a space filled with warm, soft furniture, flowery fabrics and heartfelt details—a welcoming place they could return to after a long journey.

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Thus, they began a year-long search for the perfect location. However, because they were still traveling for work, Kalina and Michael had to go back and forth to tour plots of land—sometimes seeing a dozen or so pieces of land in just one day. Finally, they found the perfect spot nestled at the end of a street next to the forest. It was love at first sight. It took just over two years to construct the nearly 4,000-square-foot house, during which time Kalina and Michael had to juggle overseeing construction, their careers and the care of their newborn first child.

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Curves and subtle notes of French style add delicate femininity to the dining room. A massive dining table was at the top of Kalina’s wish list, as she wanted the perfect spot to host friends and family.

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Despite limited counter space, the kitchen is still practical. A large-scale French farmhouse table acts as a prep space. Its worn wood top and French bistro chairs perfectly suit the kitchen’s patina.

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A wine cellar, discreetly tucked beneath the stairs, is a favorite detail. For a couple that loves to host, it’s a delightful amenity.

Fortunately for the young family, the construction process went smoothly, which they credit to working with excellent construction crews.

Creating Ambience Although they had a clear vision of what they wanted for their home, Kalina and Michael felt it was better to give such a large-scale project to a professional interior designer. Gleaning inspiration from interior design magazines and catalogs, the couple was determined to cultivate the right ambience and aesthetic for their lifestyle. “For example, I dreamed about a bay window full of pillows. I looked at it and saw myself sitting

comfortably and reading books there,” Kalina says. She also dreamed of a free-standing tub, wine cellar and a massive dining room table that could host her family on Christmas Eve or a feast for friends. “The architect/designer sensibly dressed our dreams and fantasies in concrete, sketching by hand so that we could imagine how we would feel in our new interiors,” she says.

Imported Interiors Many of the home’s furnishings are Laura Ashley, imported from England along with the bathroom fittings. Fortunately for the couple, Michael was working there at the time, so coordinating the C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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When it came time to create their dream home, they

envisioned a space filled with warm, soft furniture, flowery fabrics and heartfelt details—a welcoming place they could return to after a long journey.

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Sweeping ceilings and a subtle wallpaper ensure that this charming all-white bedroom is anything but typical. A tufted French-inspired bed acts as functional art, while skylights ensure the space has plenty of natural light.

deliveries and shipments was massively simplified, especially when the hotel manager agreed to store items for him. “I will never forget their faces when the courier company delivered a cast-iron tub, which is now in our bathroom,” Michael says. Other furnishings were purchased closer to home, and the curtains and pillows were custom made. “We love living in our home. When it is warm, we start with a coffee on the terrace. In winter, we spend the evenings by the fireplace, listening to the sound of fire,” Kalina says.

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“The architect/designer sensibly dressed our dreams and fantasies in concrete,

sketching by hand so that we could imagine how we would feel in our new interiors.”

An ultimate in luxury, the master bath’s freestanding tub acts as a focal point. Set on the second floor with the forest beyond, double draperies ensure the space has plenty of privacy.

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Both creative and handy, homeowner Amy Duncan crafted the dining room table out of an old cast-iron metal base (which she had stored for 10 years) and topped it with barn wood. She fashioned the light fixture from a vintage wastepaper basket, which she turned upside down and hung over a pendant light.

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Seasonal

Style

Vintage finds take on new life in a home where creamy whites act as a warm backdrop. BY MERYL SCHOENBAUM | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRET GUM STYLING BY AMY DUNCAN AND JICKIE TORRES

FALL CAN BE A CHALLENGE when it comes to decorating in style. The summer’s bright colors and casual accessories no longer look right, but it’s too early to break out winter’s heavy textiles and dark colors. When you think of fall décor, what comes to mind first? Probably gourds and pumpkins—lots of pumpkins. But you can be more creative than that, and this home will give you a hearty crop of ideas for decorating beyond the pumpkin. Amy Duncan’s décor exudes the ambience of fall—but not in the traditional way. She takes vintage items you can find at flea markets or around the house and gives them a fresh look for the season by upcycling them as part of layered compositions and creative vignettes. In her 1902 Victorian home in Everett, Washington, Amy’s décor reflects the area’s

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The front hallway under the stairs is not exempt from Amy’s eye for design. She made the drawer knobs on the black chest from old sewing machine bobbins and layered architectural salvage pieces with vintage finds and art pieces from friends.

down-home charm and the building’s classic architecture. She finds decorating for fall to be a creative opportunity rather than a challenge.

Reinterpreting Autumn “I see fall as a winding down after summer, a time to slow down a bit, a pause before the holidays get crazy,” Amy says. “It’s a marker for the passage of time. I think vintage elements suit the season well as introspective throwbacks to an older time.” One of Amy’s design hallmarks is that she usually doesn’t place her vintage items in their original form. As a multimedia collage artist, she looks for ways to repurpose and upcycle them, such as the vintage 74

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“I love to travel, and

vintage suitcases have a story to tell.� To create a space that speaks to her favorite things, Amy added a bird-themed gallery wall to her bright and airy living room.

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On the other side of the dining room, a stack of vintage suitcases functions as stylish storage. The Paris landmark postcards framed on the gallery wall were sent to Amy’s mother from a suitor many years ago.

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By using matching cabinets as bookends for an old industrial shelving unit on casters, Amy fashioned a delightful display. A maple tree branch she found on a walk adds a natural autumnal element to the wall.

cardboard globe she cut in half to become a ceiling light fixture or the old doorknob she uses as a stopper on an apothecary jar.

Collections on Display One of her favorite fall displays, which she’s most known for, is a stack of vintage suitcases used for storage. Their brown, gold and tan colors perfectly suit the season. “I love to travel, and vintage suitcases have a story to tell,” Amy says. “The different tones and textures all work together well.” Amy also likes to incorporate photography into her fall décor. “It’s a great time for photographing elements. Summer is bright and vivid, whereas fall becomes more subdued,” she says.

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Even items that have outlived their purpose find a home in Amy’s décor, including her clock collection. “The majority of them don’t work, but that doesn’t bother me,” she says. “I often repurpose the clock faces, keys, gears and workings.” She is particularly attracted to the graphic quality of numbers, using things like clocks, rulers and tape measures in her artwork. “I like objects of measurement that reflect the passage of time,” Amy says.

Amy planted her window box with a variety of lettuce for window-to-table eating that doesn’t get any easier.

Outdoor Style Amy’s fall décor continues in her backyard garden, where she has fashioned intricate vintage-industrial compositions with mundane elements. A rusted box spring is layered with a bicycle wheel, trash can lid, bike gears and a faucet handle. On one wall hangs an iron grate with metal flowers and willow reeds, while another composition showcases fall gardening equipment, such as large and small rusted rake heads. Next to the garden is the studio where Amy hosts creative art classes. The key to great fall decorating, according to Amy, is a little imagination. “Consider not just what something has been but what it could be,” she says.

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The kitchen is light and bright—with honey-like wood tones and the same eclectic charm as the rest of Amy’s home.

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Welcoming the classic contrast of black and white, Amy’s bedroom is a restful place that reflects her affinity for birds and vintage items.

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“Consider not just what something has been but

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“I think vintage elements suit the season well, as

introspective throwbacks to an older time.” The serenity of Amy’s creamy palette continues to her bedroom’s reading corner, where an old refrigerator coil acts as a unique background for more of her art collection.

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Make craft storage more interesting by reusing old supplies. Here, the shelves are filled with vintage apothecary and mason jars that contain old keys, Scrabble tiles, buttons, zippers and pegs.

For a unique twist on wall art, Amy pulled pages from vintage dictionaries and hung them in the stairwell. The creative concept adds tonal beauty to the neutral space.

WHITE MEETS RUSTIC Homeowner Amy Duncan makes designing with creamy hues feel refreshing. Here’s how she does it. •

Change your scenery. “I like switching things up at home to reflect the seasons. I’m not talking about anything complicated, but a little change of scenery enlivens your home, gives it your unique touch and doesn’t have to cost a cent. Using what you have in ways you may not have considered is just a matter of learning to look at things with a discerning eye.”

Repeat a complementary color. “Throughout my home, there’s a pop of ochre yellow or a bit of burnt orange. It complements the blue and green tones prevalent in most of the rooms without being flashy. It draws your eye in and keeps your interest in a vignette.”

Look to nature for inspiration. “In your yard, at the city park, on a daily walk, there is plenty to be found—free for the taking. The gourds came from the garden, as well as the dried poppy stems. I picked up a fallen branch with a few leaves still attached in the yard, and I found feathers while walking the dog. Keep your arrangements simple; let the beauty of nature speak for itself.”

Expand the possibilities. “When you look at a vintage item, consider how you can repurpose or upcycle it. An old brass doorknob becomes the stopper on an apothecary jar; a metal clock face becomes a coaster for a candle.”

Layer it on. “Start with a theme, and build on it, layer by layer. Some of the themes I have in my house are the large tower of suitcases and the framed Paris postcards in the dining room that suggest travel. The typewriter on top of an oversized dictionary gives the sense of reminiscing about a past adventure. Vintage wooden type and an assortment of pen nibs that fill two glass vases are literary elements.”

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“One of Amy’s design hallmarks is that

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By cleverly repurposing a bicycle wheel with gears, a trash can lid and a faucet handle attached to a rusted box spring, Amy transforms everyday items into dynamic wall art for the garden.

A splash of vivid green paint on the front door gives Amy’s 1902 Victorian home a bit of whimsy—and plays perfectly with the green lawn.

In the back garden, Amy fashioned an impromptu potting bench from a wooden pallet. Old, rusty grates are the canvases for her garden artwork, which includes old rake heads, handheld garden hoes and metal flowers.

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Blue and white may be an expected combination for a lakeside home, but thanks to rustic elements like iron accents, unfinished wood and the stone-clad fireplace, the room feels less nautical and more like a woodland cottage.

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Rustic Lakeside Retreat

Light and airy, a cottage nestled amid pine trees takes all the right cues from its idyllic location.

BY GAP INTERIORS AND SARAH JANE STONE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBIN STUBBERT/GAP INTERIORS | STYLING BY ANN MARIE FAVOT AND CHRISTINE HANLON

AFTER 15 YEARS OF RENTING LAKESIDE COTTAGES FOR THEIR FAMILY VACATIONS, the time seemed right for the Coopers to make a big move. Over their many years spent visiting the wooded shores of Lake Joseph in the Muskoka area of Ontario, Canada, they had made friends with the locals. And with their children grown, the couple was anxious to embrace their newfound freedom. House-Hunt Woes Despite their excitement to leave behind the bustle of Oakville, part of the greater Toronto area, the journey to wooded lakeside living wasn’t as easy as they had hoped. While the idyllic location, with its glistening lake, rich pines and crisp weather, wasn’t going anywhere soon, the right cottage eluded them, time and time again.

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The calm color palette lets the stunning scenery take center stage. “Every morning I sit in that room, and it’s just how I hoped it would be,” says one of the homeowners.

It took four years of searching before they found just the right place. When one of the homeowners, who works as a real estate broker, discovered a piece of land that was immediately available, he didn’t waste time. “I did a site inspection straight away, and we pretty much bought it that very day,” he says. The catch? He hadn’t found a house—only the perfect piece of land.

Building a Dream Home Suddenly, the couple that began their hunt with no plans to build their own house was thrown deep into the planning process. Luckily, the land was near MacTier, on Lake Joseph’s northern edge, with stunning views and a perfectly rugged landscape. The site’s perfection spurred them on as they engaged designer Christopher Spraggett of the Summerhouse Group, who had done work to the couple’s Oakville home. 90

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Pale-gray paint on the living room’s trim work offsets the white walls. The result is a warm, cozy space that allows the room’s impressive ceiling and lake views to stand out.

Creamy whites paired with subtle doses of nature-inspired color and wood create the relaxing family home Kalina and Michael so desired.

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Two years and 4,000 square feet later, the Coopers finally had the lakeside home nestled into the

forest they had always wanted.

Copper carriage house pendants light the dining room table, seeming to pull their earthy hue from the woods that line the shore just beyond the window.

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Reclaimed hemlock floors add warmth to the mostly white kitchen. To create depth and interest in the light space, Christopher used a medium-tone gray paint for the island and incorporated a substantial amount of millwork on the cabinetry and ceiling.

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The white kitchen is anything but standard, with zinc and oil-rubbed bronze accents and a mix of materials. Christopher used a solid gray quartzite countertop on the perimeter cabinets and a flecked, vein-filled quartz on the island.

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Painted wood paneling and trim work is beautifully contrasted

by unfinished wood accents.

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Two years and 4,000 square feet later, the Coopers finally had the lakeside home nestled into the forest they had always wanted. The finished home is light and airy, offering every room full access to the breathtaking year-round views. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, there’s plenty of room for the whole family and the many visitors who join them for getaways.

Perfectly Suited “The clients entertain a lot, so the space is full of large pieces of furniture, making it inviting on a grand scale while still creating a cozy feel,” Christopher says. In the main living area, vaulted wood-paneled ceilings make way for exceptionally tall windows, including treetop-level windows, ensuring that the home conveys the light and airy feeling desired by the homeowners. The design adds authenticity to the new-build home, giving it a sense of timelessness and longevity. C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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Set near MacTier on Lake Joseph’s northern tip, the Cooper’s lakeside retreat boasts year-round beauty with lush greenery and stunning lake views.

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Taking full advantage of the home’s impressive setting, black Adirondack chairs surround a stone fire pit. “We get to see killer sunsets,” says one of the homeowners.

The kitchen is bright and functional, continuing the home’s calm palette of pale grays and gleaming whites. Each room is accented by exposed wood and country linens, creating a true cottage feel. Texture fills the home, from metal pendant lights in the kitchen and dining room to rustic wood furnishings that anchor nearly every room. Painted wood paneling and trim work is beautifully contrasted by unfinished wood accents.

Outdoor Living At the water’s edge, the Coopers added a fire pit surrounded by oversized wooden Adirondack chairs. Set amid the fresh-smelling pine trees and the lapping waters of the lake, the quaint area allows the scenery to be the star. By creating an outdoor place to relax, cozy up to a fire, stargaze and entertain, the Coopers are able to fully embrace the laid-back lakeside life that had long been a dream.

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Rustic French bistro chairs add a sense of country comfort to the kitchen, a place that conjures warm memories for homeowner Laura Hamburg. “When my husband and I were dating, cooking was our ‘thing.’ We’d pick up a cooking magazine at the grocery store, choose a recipe and then walk around gathering up everything we needed to make it,” she says. “To this day, cooking relaxes me.”

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Fall in Love A designer creates light and dreamy living spaces with subtly sweet touches of autumn.

BY SHELBY DEERING

PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLING BY LAURA HAMBURG

WHEN THEY DISCOVERED AN 1880 FARMHOUSE IN A QUIET BOSTON SUBURB, Laura Hamburg and her husband were over the moon. “I wanted a place with a sense of history, a weeping willow and fruit trees,” she says. The couple got what they wished for in a storied home complete with an apple orchard—all it was missing was the willow. Hence, Laura named her design business Willow Street Interiors. She describes her style as a delicate blend of classic, casual and unexpected elements. “There’s definitely a nod to the past in each room of our home, either through the use of a restored, vintage furniture piece or reclaimed wood taken from the renovation,” she says.

A Classic Cozy Kitchen Striving for a feel of welcoming comfort throughout the home, Laura carried that current into the kitchen. “When we planned our kitchen, I wanted it to, number one, work hard and feel traditional, but I also wanted to ground it in approachability,” she says.

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Laura infuses cool-weather details into the kitchen, where a gourd and seasonal branches flank the farmhouse sink. She’s particularly fond of the subway tile. “I love the way the gray color mellows out the vintage brass lanterns,” she says. A whale sponge holder from World Market adds a whimsical accent.

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Pretty hues pop against whites throughout the living room. The couch is an Ikea find, which Laura applauds for its “casual softness.” The palette is pulled from the patterned World Market drapes. “I was drawn to the fact that they had both warm and cool hues, which was the perfect bridge from summer to fall,” she says.

Livability is the order of the day in the space, where clean and classic subway tile, fresh light fixtures, quartz countertops and vintage-inspired barstools create a fresh atmosphere and the cutting boards are always ready to be used. “I have a house full of little wannabe chefs,” says Laura, mom to four little girls. “I bought the cute cow cutting boards as a Christmas present for my girls. They are made in Vermont by J.K. Adams Company.”

Design for All The home’s living room is a favorite spot during the colder months. “In the fall and winter, the wood stove is on, and this is where we spend most of our time as a family,” Laura says. She notes that it’s especially inviting because it’s “a casual space with durable finishes that can withstand all of the abuse our girls can throw at it.” C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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A tabletop vignette takes an autumnal turn, featuring a miniature gourd housed in a glass cloche. Laura enjoys incorporating natural elements into her fall décor. “I bring in cut branches and try to uniquely display everyday items like apples, pumpkins and gourds to celebrate the season,” she says.

DÉCOR FOR THE SEASONS Laura offers her best tips for decorating year-round. • Mix it up. “I like to keep things light and airy in the summertime. But in the fall when the leaves start changing and the weather starts to cool, I like to bring in warmer colors and natural textures.” • Add layers. “I pull out all of my cozy knit throws and put them in baskets for easy access. I also swap out my light drapes for heavier ones.”

The cottage design sensibility is something that’s rooted in Laura’s spirit. “I’ve always been drawn to the cottage aesthetic,” she says. “I love the ‘realness’ that cottage homes convey, the feeling that people really live there.” Laura artfully strikes a balance between authenticity and lightheartedness throughout. “Each space is fully grounded in the present,” she says. “I love the sense of stability and maturity traditional pieces give to a home, but I like to freshen them up with fun patterns and unexpected details to keep things from feeling stuffy or overly serious.” It’s a home where Laura’s family can stretch out and feel comfortable, although the beautifully decorated space required plenty of patience and hard work to restore. “It needed a massive amount of work, but it didn’t matter. We were young and ambitious and planned to redo the entire house in a year. Naiveté is bliss, for sure,” Laura says. “Ten years later, the projects continue, but the whole house has been completely transformed.”

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• Go easy. “When decorating seasonally, subtlety is key for me. I love to style my rooms with the natural elements that the season provides. For the most part, I try to steer clear of seasonal decorative objects.” • Be intentional. “I find that seasonal decorations can overwhelm a space and make it feel cluttered quickly. Instead, I like to try and let my rooms speak and tell a story on their own. In the fall, I do that through the use of warm colors, textures and patterns—wool, plaids and knits specifically.” • Simple pleasures. “I love decorating with gourds in the fall. I pick them up everywhere, from the grocery store, to the farmer’s market, to roadside stands.”

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Laura describes her style as a delicate blend of

classic, casual and unexpected elements.

Laura brings shelf dĂŠcor to a new level, thanks to seagrass baskets, vintage books, small plants and coastal artwork, all set against a shiplap wall. A nearby fainting couch serves as a perfect spot to get lost in a book.

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Farmhouse

Kitchen

To add a little personality to the mostly white space, the island is painted a slate-blue shade. The walnut butcher block is a functional accent, warming the room with its deep walnut hue while providing additional seating and prep space.

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Clever color pairings and touches of texture create a fresh feel in this family’s farmhouse kitchen. BY MAX TROJA STYLING BY DOUBLESPACE PHOTOGRAPHY

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The engineered hardwood floors are designed to withstand the chill of winter, but they warm the room with a soft gray undertone.

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Oil-rubbed bronze handles add rustic contrast to the off-white Shaker-style cabinets, simple

touches that add personality and charm.

A farmhouse kitchen should always be functional. Nathan made use of every space, adding shelving, drawers and cubbies wherever possible.

A WHITE KITCHEN WILL ALWAYS BRING WITH IT A SENSE OF TIMELESSNESS, beauty and ease. When designer Nathan Kyle of Astro Design Centre began redesigning this kitchen, he had one goal in mind: to create a welcoming, comfortable room that the family would want to spend time in. Inspired by farmhouse style, he brought his vision to life in every detail. Complementary Colors The space’s color scheme is fairly muted; however, it features hues that are anything but stark. To warm up the space, Nathan opted for a crisp white paired with a creamier off-white. This subtle detail makes a space that might otherwise seem sterile feel cozy and welcoming. For more depth and contrast, he also used wood tones and slate-blue accents. C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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GET THE LOOK Try these tips to recreate Nathan’s farmhouse style. Building Blocks Nathan installed a solid walnut butcher-block top over part of the island, creating a versatile area that can function as both a seating area and a prep station. The levels may not be what you’re used to, but don’t be afraid to break the mold.

Classic Cabinets To showcase antique china but preserve the kitchen’s open ambience, Nathan added leaded-glass cabinets. The design’s simple lines coordinate nicely with the tongue-in-groove paneling, creating visual harmony.

Simple Shelves Nathan emphasizes that a kitchen shouldn’t just look nice; it should be functional and versatile, too. Rather than waste the valuable real estate of a corner, Nathan designed open shelves that offer both display space and storage. Even the island makes use of every available space, thanks to cubbies on the base, used store cookbooks.

Leaded-glass cabinets let antique china stay on display—and stay safe behind the panes.

Finishes also play an important role in Nathan’s take on farmhouse style. Oil-rubbed bronze handles add rustic contrast to the off-white Shaker-style cabinets, simple touches that add personality and charm.

Wonderful Woodworking The kitchen’s wood accents are particularly eye-catching, thanks to the use of different wood types and finishes, a common element in farmhouse style. The engineered hardwood flooring is rough and rustic with a subtle gray undertone, well contrasted with the deep walnut of the island top and the honey hue of the maple dining table.

Let There Be Light Nathan seamlessly incorporated lighting throughout the space, supplementing the natural light that flows in from the ample windows, which also feature breathtaking views, with stylishly rustic pendant lights over the island. To add even more light, he also installed mirrored wall panels that perfectly reflect the kitchen windows. Thanks to this ingenious thinking and an artful eye, Nathan successfully created a quintessential farmhouse feel for the modern family. 110

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A patterned backsplash above the stove draws the eye, but the simple black and white colors don’t overpower the overall design.

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Beauty in Blue and White See a classic color pairing come to life with bold and beautiful designs. BY ROBERT HECKERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS EVERAND

KNOWN FOR HIS IMPECCABLE DESIGNS AND CREATIVE COMBINATIONS, William Yeoward is a king of color. His long-time love affair with the rainbow has been well represented in his work, and now it’s celebrated in the book William Yeoward: Blue and White and Other Stories: A Personal Journey through Color. “A creative eye is always snapping,” writes William, who has dedicated his life to the impossible task of absorbing and remembering every shade and hue he sees. While he pays homage to the magnificent beauty of the color

Gray acts as a base to the blue-and-white palette, offering a cool neutral tone upon which to build. Even the collection of oil paintings feeds into the home’s carefully crafted palette.

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Bold patterns on the Roman shades, rug and chairs blur the line between organic and geometric, creating a lively design without utilizing more than two colors.

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When we choose colors for our homes, we

must consider what feelings we want to communicate and ask ourselves how to do so through color.

palette, his book puts a special focus on the classic pairing of blue and white.

The Feel of Color More than just a collection of unique colors, the book is a journey through delicious design and a reflection on William’s color philosophy: that to study color is to study how people think. Although humans have changed over the ages, the meanings of colors have remained the same for thousands of years. As he writes, the color blue has always been “crisp and graphic, spiritual, peaceful and calming,” while yellow ochre “speaks of warmth, comfort, sunshine and an organic connection to nature.” When we choose colors for our homes, we must consider what feelings we want to communicate and ask ourselves how to do so through color. No matter what we choose, however, William reminds us that “the most successful rooms are those that evolve through the passions and interests of the owners, and develop and change along with the people who inhabit them. Think of really clever set design that so accurately reflects the kind of people the characters are that they do not have to say a word.” Make the most of the design tools you have: furniture, wallpaper, pillows, pictures, treasures and other decorations. When united through the use of color, these pieces tell your story from the moment you step into your home.

Subtle notes of French style bring an air of sophistication to this sitting room, where creamy carpeting and whitewashed wood offer a neutral base that makes the patterns pop. C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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Layered with pattern, this dimensional master bedroom offers timeless style and a plethora of inspiration. The bold juxtaposition works well, thanks to the balance of fabrics with blue backgrounds and those with white backgrounds.

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William Yeoward: Blue and White and Other Stories: A Personal Journey through Colour by William Yeoward, published by Ryland Peters & Small ©2017, visit rylandpetersandsmall.com.

NO MORE NAUTICAL How to use blue and white beyond the beach.

Just thinking of these shades transports you to the seaside, where the unblemished white of cumulus clouds meets the blue of the water. For those who love the crisp contrast of these two hues but want a non-oceanic take, here are a few ways to mix it up. • Accessories: When you have a blue couch with white pillows, guests will most likely expect to see a lamp decorated with seashells. Instead, use unexpected accessories. Abstract art in neutral tones, dusty pink accents or global elements, such as a French armoire, will help celebrate the diversity of this dynamic duo. • Patterns: When choosing upholstery or mixing prints, opt for a blend of organic patterns, like florals and ikat, with less-than-perfect geometric designs, like a handblocked pattern or ticked stripes. • Shades: Don’t be afraid to mix a few shades together. Chambray-blue and creamier whites will add dimension and tone to a two-hue design. C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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Playful

Pixels

Find out how to add personality to your home through eye-catching color and patterns that pop.

PHOTO BY FRANCESCO LAGNESE

BY ROBERT HECKERT

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A white backdrop

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creates a clean feel, letting other items like the gilded mirror, patterned chair and lacquered coffee table stand out.

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Add an unexpected twist to an all-white room by

PHOTO BY JEFF MCNAMARA

painting the ceiling a bright color. In this living room, the tall windows and massive mirror help draw the eye upward to celebrate the ceiling.

COLORS ARE MORE THAN COMBINATIONS OF PIXELS. They are active entities that give life to a room. In Meg Braff’s book The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy, she provides us with an indispensable guide to understanding how colors work and interact with other design elements. Layer in Style To turn a house into a spectrum of style, Meg is all about color and pattern. Tones, shades and lines—they all build on each other to help dress a room. The key, above all, is to create visual variety by layering items, whether placing pattern on pattern or by mixing pieces in a room. “Juxtaposing those story-filled antiques with newer pieces—a pretty tortoiseshell box or a modern lacquer tray for a shot of color—makes a space feel imbued with layers of interest,” she writes. 120

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the same fabric on multiple surfaces. A contemporary take on chinoiserie ties together the headboard, bed skirt and curtains, while the combination of creamy caramel and bright white complements the clean-lined wallpaper, creating a serene retreat.

PHOTO BY JAMES MERRELL COURTESY OF ASHLEY KLINGER & CO.

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Create cohesion in a space by using

3 WAYS TO MAKE WHITE WORK When used strategically, white can make a room shine. • Use white as negative space. Using white on your walls will give other décor a chance to shine. Meg uses a creamy sitting room as the perfect example of this method. A gold starburst mirror stands out amid muted hues, visually anchoring the space. • Add contrast. Paint the walls white, but paint the ceiling a different color, such as a light blue. This will create the impression of a much taller room. • Only use white furniture. When not used to the best of its abilities, white can appear boring or sterile. In a room with loud wallpaper or a variety of texture, white furniture can provide a nice balance. It gives the eye a rest and lets the patterns do all the heavy lifting.

Go Bold

The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy by Meg Braff, published by Rizzoli ©2017, visit rizzoliusa.com.

As a color aficionado, Meg encourages us all to go bolder and experiment with more unusual combinations. As she writes, imagine “mixing an edgy chartreuse with a more traditional grassy color to add a little zip. Such an elusive pairing has great impact because it’s slightly unexpected.” That said, sometimes the instinct to go bold needs to be tempered. Not everything belongs together, so it’s important to carefully curate collections. “Avoid the trap of living with things that weigh you down and prevent you from having the house you always wanted,” Meg writes. Sometimes that means paring down and approaching everything with a critical eye. Don’t keep a busy rug just because you paid too much for it, and don’t feel obligated to hang a picture you inherited. If you really want to keep certain items, find another place where they may be more suitable. Meg’s insightful approach to décor isn’t prescriptive. Instead, she encourages you to spot the potential in things you might overlook. “Perhaps the most important quality in design is the ability to follow one’s instincts,” Meg writes. That’s sage wisdom for all. C O T TA G E W H I T E Fa l l / Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

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Bookshelf “Every renovation is a judgment call based on

your level of sophistication, expertise and tolerance for risk and gyp board dust.”

“As we had to tighten our budget belt, I pulled out all my creative stops, finding gray and flax linen from Ikea for $5 a yard to cover all of our flea market sofas and chairs,” Amanda Pays writes.

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The Process

of Home Every home deserves a Hollywood ending. BY SARAH JANE STONE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAX KIM-BEE

THEY MAY NOT BE THE FIRST PEOPLE WHO COME TO MIND when thinking about house flipping, but actors Corbin Bersen and Amanda Pays are passionate about reviving diamonds in the rough. Open House: Reinventing Space for Simple Living chronicles the couple’s journey from building a lavish dream home together through flipping houses out of a shared passion for design and renovation.

Using a variety of white paint with cool gray undertones, Amanda kept the house feeling casual and welcoming. “I love how the color recedes and advances depending on the time of day,” she writes. “Remember, white isn’t the absence of color but the amalgamation of all colors.”

Lessons Learned The couple’s first project was meant to be their dream home: a no-expense-spared house in which they would raise their sons and remain close to their work in Hollywood. They tore down walls to create ample natural light and imported luxuries—like a claw-foot tub from England. But when Corbin’s show was canceled and an earthquake damaged the house, the couple decided it was

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The kitchen in this midcentury post-and-beam house

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is as stylish as it is functional. Corbin designed and built pull-out shelves to make storing items like pots and pans a simpler affair.

time to try something new. To start fresh, they moved to Surrey, England, back to the countryside of Amanda’s childhood. Once in England, Corbin and Amanda spent a year hunting for just the right home. Having learned a lot through their first round of renovation and design, the couple was itching to create a new dream home for their family, something scaled back in comparison to their last home: a true English cottage. Fortunately, they found a Georgian-style house set amid 30 acres of land. Before they began renovations, they named it “Green Farm.” “Corbin and I agreed to retain and preserve as much as possible of everything we found in situ at Green Farm. This was the original fundamental shift in the design modus operandi we would hone over the ensuing decades,” Amanda writes. Their switch to a preservation-minded approach yielded a home a far cry from their Los Angeles bungalow, and they loved the results. They sourced everything locally, from the pavers for the garden patio to the furniture and paint. 124

Utilizing Experience Just three years later the family was back in California, applying their renovation experience to even more homes across the Los Angeles landscape. Eventually, they came across a charming 1940s house in dire need of some fresh imagination and care. Confident their experience had prepared them for the task, the couple dove in. “Corbin and I knew instantly that we could open up the entire house and reassign wasted space and redundant hallways into an expanse of flowing rooms,” Amanda writes. They added an open kitchen and dining room and focused on making the house feel airy and inviting. On a quest to bring in more natural light wherever possible, Corbin and Amanda replaced leaded-glass windows with larger, single-pane windows and enlarged interior doorways. For a touch of rustic charm, they installed reclaimed whitewashed Brazilian wood headers on the interior casings, a hallmark of their increasingly less formal design.

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Finding Home The budget-minded couple used blue flagstone, traditionally an outdoor material, as unique and cost-effective flooring. From the drop-cloths-turned-Roman-shades to the refurbished vintage claw-foot tub, the bath is as cohesive and inviting as it is affordable.

“When the year-long renovation was finally completed and the six of us had moved in, we all realized that we had created a truly unique family home with a Tudor-industrial twist without going off the deep end with our budget,” Amanda writes. “We had turned frugality into an overarching design economy that transcended itself to become our new aesthetic.”

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Open House: Reinventing Space for Simple Living by Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen, published by Gibbs Smith ©2017, visit gibbs-smith.com.

Stainless steel and reclaimed wood combine for an industrial twist on cottage style. The couple made the open shelving out of scaffold planks, which they bought from their builder for just $10 a plank.

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Sources Creating a Classic Pages 32-47 Architectural design: Heydt Designs, (415) 847-4707 or heydtdesigns.com. Interior design: Benjamin Dhong Interiors, (415) 595-2582 or benjamindhong.com. Animal leg stool: Myra Hoefer Design, (707) 433-7837 or myrahoeferdesign.com. Coffee table: CB2, (800) 606-6252 or cb2.com. Entryway paint: Sea Star by Benjamin Moore, (855) 724-6802 or benjaminmoore.com. Kitchen lamp: Restoration Hardware, (800) 762-1005 or restorationhardware.com. Kitchen Marais bar stools: Design Within Reach, (800) 944-2233 or dwr.com. Star pendant: Shades of Light, (800) 262-6612 or shadesoflight.com.

Seasonal Style Pages 72-87 FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ARTIST/HOMEOWNER AMY DUNCAN, VISIT FOURCORNERSDESIGN.BLOGSPOT.COM.

Audubon Society. Visit audubon.com. Michaels, (800) 642-4235 or michaels.com. Dining room table runner: Rough Linen, (800) 968-0903 or roughlinen.com. Floor rugs: Flor, (866) 952-4093 or flor.com. Front door paint: Balsam by Eddie Bauer, (800) 426-8020 or eddiebauer.com. Industrial metal garage shelving: Lowes, (800) 445-6937 or lowes.com. Art:

Baskets:

Print of eggs in bowl, kitchen bookshelves, butcher-block cart, wicker baskets, hanging light, front-hallway

Ad Index Simply Southern Home Décor (334) 203-1992 or simplysouthernhomedecor.com .....................2 Build A Bungalow (814) 375-1102 ext. 431 or buildabungalow.com........................126 Graciously Adorned Visit graciouslyadorned.com.......................................................126 Coastal Home Pillows (855) 585-8959 or coastalhomepillows.com............................ 127 Ashley Finds Antique Alley Arkansas Antique Show (501) 230-5728 or antiquealleyarkansas.com........................... 127 Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market (501) 230-5728 or bellarustina.com ........................................... 127

Sitting area in dining room, wicker chair:

Maison De Kristine (206) 359-0810 or maisondekristine.com ................................128

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Ikea, (888) 888-4532 or ikea.com. Pier 1, (817) 252-6300 or pier1.com. Sofa and overstuffed chair: Ballard Designs, (800) 536-7551 or ballarddesigns.com. desk lamp, home-office light fixture, bookshelves, bedding:

Pages 88-99 Designer: Christopher Spraggett, (416) 418-8470 or summerhousegroup.com.

Fall in Love

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Pages 100-105 Designer: Laura Hamburg of Willow Street Interiors, (508) 532-1606 or willowstreetinteriors.com.

Farmhouse Kitchen Pages 106-111 Designer: Nathan Kyle, visit astrodesigncentre.com.

Beauty in Blue and White

Playful Pixels Pages 118-121 The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy by Meg Braff, published by Rizzoli ©2017, visit rizzoliusa.com.

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Get the look! Go bold with black and white, but keep it fresh with the au naturel accent of an indoor plant in a natural fiber basket.

Some things will never go out of style, but that doesn’t mean they can’t stand a little update.

BLACK AND WHITE ARE A CLASSIC PAIR. The combination is the little black dress of interior design: forever in style, always flattering, endlessly versatile. Create an aesthetic all your own by putting these characteristics to work, using black and white to anchor fresh pairings of a few design styles. Encaustic cement tile is the star of this spa-like master bath, where tradition gets a modern twist with just a splash of on-trend flair. Elements like crown molding, sweeping curtains, French doors and a cast-iron tub anchor the space’s timeless traditional appeal. Its modern twist comes from the bold use of black as a textured wallpaper in the water closet, a sleek all-glass shower and a design that allows the bath to spill out to a private garden.

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