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There's always room for a crowd in this open cottage, where a love of entertaining led the homeowners to construct a space that makes gathering easy.
Outfitted in cedar board-and-batten siding and shingles, the house has plenty of large windows to allow in as much natural light as possible. The interior of the house was designed with entertaining in mind; it boasts an open living and kitchen area as well as a spacious back porch that's perfect for get-togethers during the warm summer months.
A bold red front door sets the home's interior color palette, which includes golden yellows and bold blues. The cheerful colors help to combat the gray fog that tends to set in at the home's Northwestern coast locale. A striped area rug and painted dresser in the entryway add a splash of nautical appeal, a motif that's echoed throughout the home.
A vaulted ceiling in the home's main living area, which includes a kitchen, dining room, and living room, emphasizes the open floor plan. Here, camp blankets, along with plaid and flame-stitch pillows, add graphic punch—and warm, summery colors—to the living area's neutral sofas. The coffee table was constructed by shortening the legs of an old desk. Stackable footstools slide neatly underneath the table and can be used as extra seating.
Built-in cabinetry in a corner of the living room just off the porch provides convenient storage for serving pieces the homeowners use when they entertain outdoors. The cabinets were painted red to match the kitchen island and to add a splash of contrast to the white paneled walls and lightly stained wood flooring.
The kitchen was designed with entertaining in mind. A barn-red island anchors the space and serves as the kitchen's hub for gathering guests. Lofty ceilings, crafted of whitewashed tongue-and-groove larch, expand the kitchen and adjoining dining and living areas. A large window along the sink wall offers pretty views while doing the dishes.
Simple white cabinets ensure the adjoining kitchen, dining, and living spaces look cohesive and connected. The behind-the-range backsplash features 1x2-inch subway tiles that extend all the way up to the ceiling, helping to emphasize the space's unique architectural features. A professional-grade range ensures the homeowners are always able to cook for a crowd.
The dining table, made from a large slab of reclaimed wood, is a popular spot for the homeowners and guests to gather for breakfast and board games. Trestle legs leave room for more chairs, an important feature in this house that often hosts a crowd. A blue-and-white rug provides pattern and playfulness without overwhelming the dining area.
Like the rest of the home, the porch was designed for entertaining. Here, four comfortable chairs and a love seat, outfitted with bold patterned seat cushions and throw pillows, create a cozy outdoor living room. With a roof offering shelter and an outdoor fireplace providing warmth, the homeowners and guests can gather even when the weather outside is less than perfect.
During the warm summer months—and even into fall—the spacious porch sees plenty of traffic. Fabrics and motifs featured on the furniture extend from the home's interior decor. The large coffee table in the center of the seating area doubles as a casual dining table when the homeowners entertain lots of guests.
Wicker furnishings make an appearance inside as well as outside the home. Here, a wicker bread basket and tray make for convenient serving vessels that can be picked up and carried around with ease.